Hiram College

Hiram students are joining people all over the world in doing “acts of green” for Earth Day 2011.

Organizers of the 41st international Earth Day celebration (April 22, 2011) have called on for people to pledge their “acts of green” online, in hopes of getting one billion pledges of environmental service and advocacy by June 2012. The idea is to show that small individual acts can add up to make a difference.

The Chemistry Club will be presenting a display “Energy – It’s Everywhere” from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on April 22 in the Kennedy Center.

They’ll have a display of alternative energy sources, including biomass, solar, wind and nuclear, so students can get a better idea of what is available. They also want to send home the message that small changes can make a difference, so they’re giving students a chance to see firsthand the amount of energy they use on a daily basis.

Attendees will have a chance to calculate their carbon footprint for a chance to win one of two prizes; they can also pick up a worksheet to track their water usage for a week, and then turn it in on May 2 for a chance to win a $25 Chipotle gift card.

“We hope to send them away with information and an idea of their impact on the world,” said Carol Shreiner, assistant professor of chemistry.

Specific to Hiram, she said little changes people can make include walking instead of driving around campus and turning off lights in classrooms and dorms upon leaving.

The J.H. Barrow Field Station is also holding the first annual garlic mustard pull from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 23.

“Garlic mustard invades forested areas and natural areas, causing big trouble for native plants and animals,” said Matt Hils, Director of the Center for the Study of Nature and Society and the J.H. Barrow Field Station.

The weedy plant has affected the Field Station, among many other natural landscapes. Hils said he wants this to become an annual Earth Day event for the College.

“Earth Day is a once a year moment to remember what we should be doing throughout the whole year,” he said. “Ideally, we can take what we do on this day and make it become a routine throughout all days.”

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