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Prairie State College Celebrating Earth Month with April Special Events

Prairie State College Celebrating Earth Month with April Special Events [03/28/2016]

Prairie State College (PSC) is celebrating Earth Month 2016 with several events around campus during the month of April.

On Thursday, April 7, the PSC Sustainability Club is presenting “Around the World,” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Atrium. The event seeks to show the worldwide effects of climate change by teaching attendees about the various endangered species around the world. Guests will receive a “passport,” and “visit” all seven continents. Once full, the passport will serve as an entry into a drawing for one of two special prizes.

The 5th Annual Student Sustainability Summit is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Friday, April 8, at South Suburban College. Students from all 12 SMHEC colleges will attend to learn about sustainability outside their colleges, network with peers and have an opportunity to meet with professionals in the field.

On Wednesday, April 13, the Sustainability Club is hosting a 1:00 p.m. viewing of “Comfort Zone,” a documentary with a unique approach to stimulating dialogue about climate change, in the Conference Center room 1315. The film tells the story of three ordinary Americans trying to find their own way to deal with the reality of climate change. It is also the story of how climate change will affect daily life in a typical Great Lakes setting.

A “Get Trashed! Campus Clean Up” event, scheduled from 3 to 4 p.m., Monday, April 18, will convene in Parking Lot A. Hosted by the Sustainability Club, the event is a competition for PSC students to see who can pick up the most trash around campus. The winning class or club will receive a trophy and pizza party.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, April 19, a “Clear the Air” program is being hosted in the Atrium. Attendees will learn about PSC’s Smoke/Tobacco Free initiative, including information about PSC’s policy regarding tobacco, and have chance to play games for prizes. Attendees who smoke also will have the option to “Quit Cold Turkey,” by turning in a full or nearly full pack of cigarettes, and making a pledge to quit smoking. PSC will provide participants a turkey sandwich and Subway gift card.

On Tuesday, April 19, Kummelehne is leading a discussion, “How Should Our Communities be Prepared for Emergency Crises Ahead,” from 7 to 8:30 a.m. at Homewood Public Library. Her discussion will focus on climate change and its effect on the local community, with emphasis on severe weather affecting the region, local health concerns and resources for residents.

On Wednesday, April 20, horticulturist and monarch enthusiast, Dolly Foster, will make a one-hour presentation at 11 a.m., as part of the Green Speaker Series at PSC. Foster will present “The Story of the Monarch,” talking about the monarchs’ life cycle, habitat and migration pattern, as well as what people can do to help.

A Saturday, April 30 event, “Kids @ College Go Green,” is scheduled from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Matteson Area Center. Children between the ages of four and 13 are welcome to participate in hands-on activities, science experiments and take home art projects. A special visit from the Matteson Fire Department also is planned. Advance registration is required at psceducation@prairiestate.edu, and should include the child/children’s name and age. Multiple children can be registered in one email. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

The students, faculty, staff and administration of PSC are committed to improving and protecting the environment while promoting fiscal and social responsibility. Through the Sustainability Center, the college seeks help students to understand the pressures facing the local and global environment and to increase their awareness of the importance of the “green economy,” as well provide the skills and knowledge they will need to address the social and environmental issues that are important to the community and to support public policies that will contribute to an excellent quality of life both now and in the future. For more information about the sustainability efforts at PSC or this year’s Earth Month activities, contact Kummelehne at akummelehne@prairiestate.edu.