Celebrating Earth Week 2012

April 18, 2012

Students donate used items in Stuff Swap, and find so many other ways to acknowledge Earth Week.

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It’s kind of like a garage sale, only no money is changing hands.

Tables outside the University Center this week are loaded with used jeans, sweatshirts, socks, jewelry and more—the result of a mass spring closet cleaning for the Earth and those in need.

The Spring Cleaning Stuff Swap invites students and is one of several events taking place this week on Pacific University’s campuses in honor of Earth Week.

“We thought it was a great event to promote recycling old stuff and giving it new life through someone else,” said Sam Ryals ’12, one of the swap organizers.

Pacific community members are invited to bring by their used clothing, office supplies or kitchen materials for a free-for-all giveaway. Anyone can pick up the donated items for free during the swap, and leftovers will be given to western Washington County nonprofits.

There’s still time to bring by your donations, or to pick up some new-to-you clothes. The swap is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today and Thursday on the deck outside of the University Center on the Forest Grove campus. Anything left after 2 p.m. Thursday will be given away.

Elsewhere, the Pacific community is celebrating Earth Week with a host of other activities.

Go Green Recycling, 12-1 p.m. daily through Friday, Hillsboro campus—Bring old batteries, ink cartridges, CFL lights and running shoes to be recycled, and learn what staff and faculty are doing to incorporate sustainability into academics and at home.

Gifts for Good, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, UC—Buyunique arts, crafts and gifts handmade from recycled materials. Money raised from the sale will support nonprofit organizations.

Water Bottle Fair, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, UC—Student Senate hosts a celebration of the Ban the Bottle campaign. (You won’t see individual-use plastic water bottles much around Pacific’s campuses—instead, we encourage you to bring your own reusable bottle or mug and fill it at a number of hydration stations.)

Garments 2 Go Open House, 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, Bates House basement—Tour the clothing closet, where students can borrow professional clothing for interviews, internships and more. Free food and tours, plus donations welcome.

EcoPsych Class Presentations, 8-11 a.m. Friday, UC Fireside Lounge—Learn about studies of restoration theory, topophilia and behavior change.

Ethics Civic Engagement Presentations, 1-2 p.m. Friday, UC Fireside Lounge—Ethics students present their civic engagement projects.

Critical Mass Grove Bike Ride, 2 p.m. Friday, The Quad—Hop on your bike (or contact the Outback to learn how to participate in free bike sharing on campus) and join the Forest Grove Community School in a bike ride around town.

Clean and Plant, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Tillamook Forestry Center—Help give back by picking up garbage and planting trees.

Keeping Space for Peace, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Taylor Auditorium—Bruce Gagnon from the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space discusses “The Deadline Connection: Endless War and Economic Crisis.”

Campus Farmers Market, 5-7 p.m. Sunday, The Quad—The first farmers market of the season, featuring produce from B Street Farm and the surrounding area.

Earth Day Concert, 7 p.m. Sunday, The Quad—Campus musicians perform and celebrate Earth Day.