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SPOTLIGHT

IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 29, 2013
CONTACT: Gordon Ovenshine
724.738.4854
gordon.ovenshine@sru.edu

SRU's 'Earth Days 2013' programming

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -Slippery Rock University's April 6-27 "Earth Days 2013" program will offer more than 30 activities, providing a green voice to the planet's mounting environmental challenges and encouraging everyday sustainability practice.

Activities, which are open to the public, will include films, guest lectures and programs in sustainability education and environmental preservation.

The "Earth Days 2013" program will also include a sustainable art exhibit, a "Nearly Naked Mile" clothes drive run, food drives for local shelters and a "RecycleMania" competition among campus residence halls.

"Earth Days 2013" underpins SRU's commitment to the three R's of sustainability - reduce, reuse, recycle - and is intended to encourage students, faculty, staff and community participants to think about climate change, energy conservation and sustainability from both the global and individual perspective.

"We need to create awareness of the impact of climate changes being caused by our excessive energy consumption and disrespect for the environment, and the need for immediate action," said Paul Scanlon, SRU special assistant to the president for sustainability planning and operations. "This can be difficult because 'climate change' can seem remote and far off in the future; it's like telling young people to quit smoking because in 20 years they're going to get cancer. The good news is that we can meet this challenge, just like we met the ozone hole challenge years ago, if we start today, with basic things like SRU's energy action campaign 'Small Steps, Big Payoff.'"

The program begins April 6 with a campus and community cleanup and concludes April 27 with an "Earth Fest" program at the Robert A. Macoskey Center. The complete schedule of events is available at www.sru.edu/sustainability.

SRU will mark the international Earth Day 2013, April 22, with a guest lecture on Marcellus drilling and the screening of the environmental film "Gasland." The global theme for Earth Day 2013 is "The Face of Climate Change."

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.