UH Earth Day Carnival to Showcase Campus Green Initiatives April 22

Earth Day turns 40 this year, and the University of Houston is celebrating the occasion with a day filled with green-themed activities.

From 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., April 22, UH will host its Earth Day Carnival in Butler Plaza (in front of the M.D. Anderson Library) and in the University Center's Lone Star Room. The event will showcase UH's green initiatives and provide demonstrations focused on recycling, composting, ride sharing, gardening, electric vehicles and other environmentally friendly practices. Other activities include a recycled art contest, carbon footprint IQ test and a tour of the UH power plant.

"UH looks forward to showcasing its green initiatives each year at our Earth Day Carnival," said Emily Messa, assistant vice president for University Services and head of the GreenUH Initiative. "We want to show people how much fun and easy it is to be green at UH. Most importantly, we also like to celebrate the successes of our GreenUH program."

UH's green initiatives were recently put to the test during RecycleMania, a national recycling competition for colleges and universities. At 1:30 p.m., the results of the competition will be announced.

Shortly after this announcement, students from UH's Earth and atmospheric sciences program will launch a weather balloon to educate the campus community about the difference between surface ozone and the ozone layer in the stratosphere. 

For a complete schedule of Earth Day Carnival activities, visit http://www.uh.edu/af/universityservices/news/EarthDaySchedule2010.pdf.