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Activities planned for Earth Day, April 12-25

A variety of activities are being planned on campus this month surrounding the observance of Earth Day on April 22.

Shana Weber, who joined the University last summer as manager of the new Office of Sustainability, is serving as a clearinghouse for the events and has compiled a calendar that is available at http://www.princeton.edu/pr/earthday/.

Events will begin at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12, in the Bowen Hall Auditorium with a lecture by Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, on "Negotiating the Post-Kyoto Climate Change Framework."

A Climate Responsibility Rally is set for 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 14, on Scudder Plaza near Robertson Hall. Slated to speak are Robert Socolow, Princeton professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and co-director of the Carbon Mitigation Initiative; David Breithaupt, chair of the Princeton Environmental Commission; Weber and student leaders; and other community environmental leaders.

The Princeton Plasma Physics Lab has planned its Earth Day celebration for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, on the Forrestal Campus. In addition to displays, there will be an address by New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Lisa Jackson.

On Friday, April 20, an Earth Day Fair will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. on the 100 level of the Frist Campus Center. Representatives of departments, offices and organizations that participate in environmental efforts will staff tables and offer information. Dining Services and the Bent Spoon will provide samples of sustainable food. Environmentally hemed movies will be featured on the big screen TV.

Other activities during the almost two-week observance will include a 5K run, an organic garden groundbreaking at Forbes College and several lectures.

Two presentations of note are: a discussion at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 20, in 8 Friend Center titled "Global Warming: An Ethical Dilemma?" led by Socolow; and a lecture at 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 23, in 101 McCormick titled "Global Warming: Irreversible Loss on an Unprecedented Scale" by Michael Oppenheimer, the Albert G. Milbank Professor of Geosciences and International Affairs.

Other sponsors of the events include the Princeton Environmental Institute, the Alumni Association and several student groups: Princeton Students United for a Responsible Global Environment, Greening Princeton, EcoReps and Princeton Water Watch.

The complete schedule of events is posted at http://www.princeton.edu/pr/earthday/. For more information, contact Weber at shanaw@princeton.edu.

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