AU To celebrate Earth Day Thursday with music, exhibits and student contests

AUBURN – Earth Day at Auburn University, sponsored by AU’s Environmental Institute and Sustainability Initiative, will begin at 10 a.m. on Thursday in and around Foy Union, with music on the lawn, exhibits in the ballroom and student contests in the gallery.
From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., displays about environmental issues from more than 40 exhibitors will be set up in the Foy Union ballroom. Campus-sponsored exhibits will include the AU Solar Car, River of Words, Alabama Water Watch and the AU Environmental Awareness Organization. Local organizations such as Auburn Beautiful and Friends of the Chewacla and Uphapee Watershed will provide exhibits, as will the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Legacy Inc. and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Featured this year are the Eastwood Christian School Bio-diesel Project and A-Z Animals’ Bat Ecology Program.


Music and the student competitions will also take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The AU Environmental Institute will sponsor a poster competition featuring scientific research of environmental issues, and the College of Business will sponsor a storyboard competition on “Planning for a Sustainable Future.” AU students are eligible for cash prizes in each competition.
Students will participate in a garbage-to-art recycling challenge during the day on the concourse near Foy Union.
The Market at Ag Heritage Park will kick off its 2007 season Thursday, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., as part of the AU Earth Day celebration. Beginning at 6:30 p.m., Ag Heritage Park’s market space will be transformed into an outdoor music venue featuring bluegrass and reggae music from well-known regional bands BPM and Blue 32.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, call (344) 844-4132 or go to www.earthday.auburn.edu.

Contact: Margaret Stone, (334) 844-4132 (stonemk@auburn.edu), or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)