April is Earth Month at the UI

(University of Iowa Office of Sustainability)

Nick Fetty | April 9, 2015

April marks Earth Month at the University of Iowa with environmentally-focused events taking place all month long.

The month-long celebration officially kicks off today with the Feeding the World symposium, sponsored by the Public Policy Center and the UI Water Sustainability Initiative. The daylong event will take place at Old Brick (26 E. Market St.) and will take a “past-present-future approach” to agricultural practices, water conservation, and climate change. Several public health, engineering, and conservation experts are scheduled to present at the event including a keynote address by Des Moines Water Works CEO Bill Stowe. Interested attendees can register at the event. The cost is $25 for the general public and free for students.

The UI Environmental Coalition, Alpha Kappa, Alpha, and 100 Grannies for a Livable Future have teamed up to sponsor the Reusable Bag Campaign which will take place on Friday. Those interested can stop by the ped mall between noon and 4 p.m. to exchange plastic shopping bags for reusable ones. The plastic bags will be donated to a local food bank for reuse.

The Earth Month festivities will conclude with Funk, Friends, Farm at the Mill on April 30. The event will feature performances from local acts including Soul Phlegm, Alpha Bet, Addison Payne, Lyle Smithe and the Mobile Sweaters, and a stand-up comedy routine from Eric Holthaus. Admission to the event is $4 and all proceeds will go to the Iowa City-based organization Field to Family.

For a full schedule of events visit of the Office of Sustainability website. Also check back to Iowa Environmental Focus throughout the month for more information about upcoming events.

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