BU celebrates Earth Day

For immediate release: April 17, 2009

BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania will celebrate Earth Day with a series of events Monday through Friday, April 20 to 24. On Wednesday, April 22, activities in the Academic Quad will combine Earth Day events with the International Festival. All events are open to the public.

Displays set up in the quad for the International Festival will promote global awareness. Groups will provide information, serve international cuisine and raise funds to benefit international organizations through the sale of items such as beads made of recycled plastic.

Bread and Puppet Theater, a Vermont-based theater company, will perform Wednesday, April 22, at 5 p.m. in the Academic Quad. The group, one of the oldest, nonprofit, self-supporting theatrical companies in the United States, combines music, dance and slapstick to create a street-theater brand of performance art. Bread and Puppet uses huge puppets made of paper mach� and cardboard, accompanied by a brass band.

Other activities next week include presentations by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and the student group, Helping Our Planet Earth (HOPE), Tuesday, April 21, at 6 p.m. in Monty's on BU's upper campus. Members of HOPE recently attended a conference in Washington, D.C., with thousands of college students who believe it is important to use political power to make change. They will show slides of their trip and share information.

Also next week, Aramark, the campus' food service provider, will go trayless to conserve water and dim lights in all campus dining facilities to conserve energy.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Professional Studies, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.