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April is Earth Month and Bike to School Month. Glendale Community College, already a recognized leader in sustainability, holds several events in April that highlight our green efforts and encourage participation.

April 15-19: This is Bike Week at GCC.  If you roll in on your bike, send an email (and a photo of yourself on your bike, if possible) to nanette.espinocilla@gccaz.edu. You will receive a Commuter Club Card worth free food, drinks and other discounts. Bicycling is a good way to cut down on auto emissions, GCC’s biggest source of pollution.

April 16 and April 18, 11:30 a.m.-2:20 p.m.: View student sustainability posters on display in SU-100B (by Grounds for Thought). Sign-in sheets will be available, so faculty can send students to view the posters as extra credit!

April 18: A favorite event on campus, the annual dumpster dive starts at 7:00 a.m. on the central mall, west of the Library. We’ll sort bags of trash to count how much recyclable material was thrown into the waste stream. To participate, sign in by 6:45 a.m., and expect to spend 45 minutes sorting. Gloves and masks will be supplied.  (Faculty, consider offering extra credit for dumpster diving. Sign-in sheets will be available.) Results of the dive will be announced on Earth Day, April 22.

April 22: GCC celebrates Earth Day with a series of lectures and films in the Student Union, and vendors and displays on the central mall.

8:00 a.m.: “Disappearing Amphibians,” a lecture by GCC faculty member Dr. Erik Gergus;

9:00 a.m.: “Too Hot Not to Handle,” an HBO documentary about global climate change;

10:00 a.m.: “Climate Change 101,” a lecture by GCC faculty member Dr. Kim Smith;

11:00 a.m.: ‘Clean Water, You Can Help,’ by guest speaker Paul Catanzariti, Community Outreach Coordinator for Maricopa County Environmental Services Department’s Stormwater Quality Program;

Noon: Dr. Mary Harris presents the Dumpster Dive results and discusses the current state of GCC’s Climate Action Plan.

The above events will be held in SU-104 and will each include a discussion and comment period. Faculty are encouraged to offere extra credit to students who attend.

For more information about future green events and recycling news, go to: http://www.gccaz.edu/greenefforts

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