Portland State University celebrates Earth Day, April 22

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Portland State University celebrates Earth Day, April 22

(Portland, OR) April 12, 2011 -- Portland State University's (PSU) fourth annual Earth Day Festival, featuring food, music, and demonstrations of sustainable living, will be held Friday, April 22, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Park Blocks of the PSU campus. The event is free and open to the public.

PSU students have spent the last three months planning the event to highlight student-driven sustainability initiatives that focus on eliminating waste, promoting renewable energy, and educating the public about “going green.”  Displays will include:
•    Rainwater catchment systems by Portland Purple Water, a company that specializes in helping home owners and businesses harvest rainwater for on-site use
•    Electric bicycles built by associates of the Endless-Sphere web forum, which promotes electric vehicle technology
•    Information from the anti-bottled-water organization "Take Back the Tap," which is promoting the consumption of tap water
•    Free bicycle repairs from PSU Bike Hub, Portland State's on-campus bike shop

This year’s musical acts include: Fruition, the Water Tower Bucket Boys, Empty Space Orchestra, Namesa, and Portland State’s own Green Note a cappella chorus.

The festival is the culmination of a week-long series of campus events sponsored by the PSU Environmental Club, Sustainability Leadership Center, and the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation Grant.  Community sponsors include: Bob’s Red Mill, Umpqua Bank, Forest Park Community Credit Union, Unitus Community Credit Union, and Natracare.

About Portland State University
Portland State University (PSU) serves as a center of opportunity for over 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students.  Located in Portland, Oregon, one of the nations’ most livable cities, the University’s innovative approach to education combines academic rigor in the classroom with field-based experiences through internships and classroom projects with community partners. PSU’s motto, “Let Knowledge Serve the City,” inspires the teaching and research of an accomplished faculty whose work and students span the globe. Our downtown campus exhibits PSU’s commitment to sustainability with green buildings, while sustainability is incorporated into much of the curriculum.

 

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