City, University celebrate Earth Week with several events


Courtney Bressler (left) a freshamn majoring in dance and high school student Amanda Mazey pulled garlic mustard weeds on Earth Day at Wintergarden Park.

Earth Day was Sunday and the University is celebrating it with two weeks of environmental events instead of its usual one week timeframe.

Events began April 13 and included guest speaker David Orr, of Oberlin College, who gave a Peace Lecture and a school supplies giveaway by the campus reStore, according to the Campus Sustainability website with information about the Earth Week events,

This past Thursday was the city’s third annual Bowling Green Community Earth Day celebration. It was at the 14-acre wooded grounds at the Montessori School. Activities included nature walks with the Bowling Green Park District, a bee farm demonstration, tree planting, a community art project and the grand opening of the community Stewards for Exercise and Environmental Education trail and outdoor learning center.

Friday’s events included document destruction at no cost with up to 50 pounds of materials, so the documents would be recycled in locations throughout the city. A free tree sampling was offered to the first 50 people who came to recycle. Friday night six bands played at the Education Building’s steps and an art show displayed students’ work of integrating recycling into art.

Earth Day was celebrated Sunday by volunteers at Wintergarden Park removing invasive plant species. This was co-sponsored by the University’s Outdoor Programs and Bowling Green City Parks.

The upcoming Eco Fair and other events throughout the two weeks feature work from multiple campus organizations, including the Environmental Service Club, Environmental Health Organization, Environmental Action Group, Net Impact, Greenpeace and BaseCampus, according to the Earth Day Celebration Facebook event page.