One day just isn’t enough. At PSU, Earth Day becomes Earth Week—a series of free environmentally and socially themed events that will culminate in a festival April 20, all organized by students.
Last year, more than 2,000 visitors packed the Park Blocks to eat, listen to music, visit booths and attend workshops.
“This is a chance for the campus and neighborhood to rally around sustainability,” said Kirk Rea, an organizer who leads PSU’s Environmental Club.
Rain or shine on Friday, April 20, the kid-friendly festival will be held 10-3 p.m. with two music stages, food and art vendors, community booths, crafts and a solar demonstration.
Here are some ways to get involved in Earth Week:
- Dance in the park blocks to two stages of music
- Roll up your sleeves for a work party in the community orchard
- Meet environmental writer Lizzie Grossman as she talks about hidden toxics
- Build your own window box for growing vegetables, all materials provided
- Join a dialogue about water issues with Citizens for Portland's Water, the Surfrider Foundation, Green Empowerment, and student-led Take Back the Tap.
- Sit in the front row of a Trash-n-show, where re-used materials hit the catwalk
Planning for Earth Week is led by the Environmental Club and Sustainability Leadership Center. Other student groups involved in Earth Week include the Anthropology Student Association, Food For Thought Café, Food Action Collective, Ecological, Economics Collaborative, Ecological Restoration Guild, Students United for Nonviolence, Students for Sensible Drug Policy, Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights, Student Leaders for Service, Sustainability Leadership Network, International Socialialist Organization and Greek Council.