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April 22, 2013

SUNY Plattsburgh plans Earth Week activities

PLATTSBURGH — A bike ride and edible plants walk are among Earth Week activities planned by SUNY Plattsburgh organizations.

“Awareness is a big issue here, so we felt there was a need for a growing environmental movement,” said Karyn Ehmann, president of SUNY Plattsburgh’s Environmental Action Committee.

The many events, taking place Monday through Sunday, are hosted by the committee and other college clubs and organizations, including the Earth and Environmental Science Club, the Wildlife Club, the Outing Club, Food Group and SNAP.

Ehmann said she hopes the variety of activities will encourage students and the public to participate, making Earth Week bigger this year.

An Earth Day concert 7 p.m. today in the Angell College Ballrooms — for students, faculty and staff only — will “kick off the week,” she said.

The eco-movement concert will feature the Blind Owl Band, the Standard Deviants and SUNY Plattsburgh’s Uke-a-Dooks Club.

Wednesday, students in SUNY residence halls will take part in Powerdown Plattsburgh, competing to see which dorm can decrease energy use by the greatest percentage.

All other events are free and open to the community. Here’s the schedule:

“Super Storm.” 6 p.m. Tuesday. Yokum Hall, Room 200. A presentation by earth and environmental science professor Eric Leibensperger.

“Subversive Spring: A Rachel Carson Discussion.” 5 p.m. Wednesday. Third-floor reading room of Feinberg Library.

Bike Ride/Slacklining. 4 p.m. Thursday. Meet in front of Angell College Center. A community bike ride, led by Professor Michael Burgess, will go to Lake Champlain, where people will hang out and learn to slackline. Meet in front of Angell College Center.

“Age of Stupid.” 7 p.m. Yokum Hall Room 200. A documentary about environmental degradation and the future.

Edible Plants Walk. 2:30 p.m. Friday. Meet in front of Angell College Center. Stroll in Rugar Woods guided by Michael Burgess.

BioBlitz. 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Rugar Woods. Wildlife Club event to identify as many species as possible in a 24-hour period. A shuttle take participants from Angell College Center to the woods, where different plant and animal topics will be discussed every few hours. Learn more at: http://tinyurl.com/cngt7tr.

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