In April, when green appears everywhere and flowers provide a colorful counterpoint, it seems appropriate to hold the annual celebration of the Earth.
This year, UNCG and the non-profit Sustainable Greensboro are helping college students and the Greensboro community celebrate and learn on April 21, Earth Day 2011.
Earth Day activities on campus will be held 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. along College Avenue and in Foust Park. Fifty organizations, companies, local farmers and artists from the campus and the community will participate.
Some of the planned activities include:
Even when the day's activities are over, the fun doesn't stop. Sustainable Greensboro is hosting an afterparty beginning at 4 p.m. at Natty Greene's Pub and Brewing Company, 345 S. Elm St. in downtown Greensboro, which is sponsoring the event.
Or you can take in the premiere of Anthony Fragola's Another Corleone: Another Sicily, Living Sustainably in the Land of the Godfather. The film focuses on the lands confiscated from the mafia in Corleone, the town made famous by Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather. Sicilian cooperatives have formed self-sustaining ventures that provide meaningful work and economic freedom from mafia control by producing organically grown products.
Fragola, a professor of media studies, will lead a post-screening discussion with local experts on how Greensboro can move into a sustainable future. The screening, which will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Weatherspoon Art Museum, is sponsored by UNCG's Sustainability Committee.
UNCG also has something else to celebrate for the second year in a row, the Arbor Day Foundation has named UNCG a Tree Campus USA for its dedication to campus forestry management and environmental stewardship.
By encouraging its students to plant trees and participate in service that will help the environment, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro is making a positive impact on its community that will last for decades, said John Rosenow, chief executive and founder of the Arbor Day Foundation.