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UTEP to Promote Green Initiatives During Earth Week 2016

Creating art from trash and seeing how materials can be rethought and reused into new fashions are among the concepts that will be promoted during the annual Earth Week celebration April 18-22, 2016, at The University of Texas at El Paso.

The “Your Trash Our Art” event will showcase examples of art from recycled materials and give people an opportunity to create their own works of art from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, in the Union Plaza. Some examples are “upcycling” old T-shirts, and weaving  magazines, newspapers and plastic bags to create picture frames, vases, jewelry and baskets.

The 3R’s Fashion Show (Rethink, Recreate, Rediscover) will take place from noon to 1 p.m. the same day at the same location.

Other activities meant to raise awareness among UTEP’s faculty, staff and students about a “green” lifestyle include:

  • Registered Student Organizations will promote “green” awareness from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, around Centennial Plaza. It will include a yoga demonstration at 10:30 a.m. in which faculty, staff and students are encouraged to participate. Mats will be provided.
  • University offices and community partners will share what they do during a Sustainability Symposium from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.Thursday, April 21, at the Union Plaza. The University’s Center for Environmental Resource Management will present some of the studies UTEP departments have conducted related to sustainability.
  • Join UTEP personnel to relax, build camaraderie and exercise your green thumbs at a Planting Party from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, April 22 (Earth Day) at Leech Grove at the corner of University Avenue and Wiggins Road. Organizers will have 3,000 small plants that need a new home.

The theme of this year’s Earth Day nationally is “Trees for the Earth: Let’s Get Planting,” with a goal of planting 7.8 billion trees in the next five years to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Earth Day in 2021.