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Student environmentalists will be out in force during Earth Week

One day just isn’t enough anymore.

DU student organizations will host a week’s worth of activities to celebrate Earth Week, which starts April 20. Here’s a breakdown of the events:

Trayless Wednesday and more
The DU Environmental Team (DU-ET) will staff information tables on Driscoll Bridge for the entire week of April 20.

On Earth Day, one of the tables will demonstrate how tap water doesn’t taste different than bottled water. Another table will provide students a chance to do some window gardening and seed sharing. Students can bring a reusable container and plant seeds in it.

Also on Earth Day, students may participate in a ‘trayless’ day in all of the campus dining halls.

“It saves a lot of water and it reduces food waste because people take less food and when they have a tray they take as much food as they can,” says Emily Susanin, DU Environmental Team co-president.

DU-ET is hosting a star-gazing event at Observatory Park from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m., and a night bike ride afterwards.

To wrap up Earth Week, there will be a tree planting in City Park on Saturday, April 25, from 8 a.m. to noon. To participate, e-mail Susanin at

“I think every day should be Earth Day because just one day dedicated to the earth doesn’t have a big enough impact,” says Susanin. “Every day we have to think about recycling, wasting less and saving energy.”
For more information about any of the DU-ET’s Earth Week plans, contact Christy Cerrone or visit their Web site at

Plant a tree, save a seedling
The Sustainable International Development Institute (SIDI) is gathering volunteers to help with tree planting in Denver parks.

The planting will take place on Wednesday, April 22, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

To sign up and volunteer with SIDI on Earth Day, contact Jessie Burley at

“Earth Day is a good day to remind us why our impact is not a small one,” Susanin says.

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