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UCO Earth Week 2022

We invite the UCO community and broader Edmond community to help us celebrate earth the week of April 18-22. Now is the time for us to to act (boldly), innovate (broadly), and implement (equitably) to preserve and protect our health, our families, and our livelihoods.

These events are free and no pre-registration is required.

UCO Earth Day Fair 2022 graphic with text "Wednesday, April 20, 9am-2pm, Broncho Lake, blogs.uco.edu/green"

As for the past ~30 years, the UCO campus will be hosting the Earth Day Fair around Broncho Lake. This year we’ll celebrate on Wednesday, April 20, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. with educational tables and events.

TABLES will be hosted by UCO student groups with a sustainability focus, non-profits committed to sustainability, City of Edmond offices dedicated to the betterment of our community, and more.

Earth Day activities include:

Map of UCO campus with Earth Day Fair 2022 and Glass recycling marked
  • A GLASS COLLECTION event is happening to recycle your clean, any color jars and bottles. Bring them to the Earth Day Fair under the blue tent April 20, or any time Earth Week to the big dumpster at University Dr. & Washington (Lot 51). Let’s divert those infinitely recyclable items from filling up our landfills. Recycled glass uses less energy than making glass from sand! This means fewer greenhouse gas emissions and a reduction in the impact of sand harvesting.
  • Also, a ZINE MAKING and FILM SCREENING (Arctic Summer and The Bosers of Brule) event is happening 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the Melton Gallery to reuse materials as art.
UCO Earth Week 2022 graphic with announcement of glass colleciton, earth day fair April 20, and Environmental Justice events April 21

An Environmental Justice Art Exhibit, “Curating for Equity Student Spotlight Series” is on display in the Krottinger Family Gallery in Mitchell Hall from April 7-21.

This collaboration between the Melton Gallery’s Veronica Cianfrano and the School of Design’s McKenna Sanderson, highlights student artists, and a closing reception will take place from 4:00-5:00 p.m., on April 21, in Krottinger Gallery.

Following that reception, an Environmental Justice Panel Discussion will take place at UCO’s Y Chapel, 5:00-6:15 p.m., moderated by Dr. Alyssa Provencio and including panelists Guillermo Martinez Sotelo, Cheyenne Branscum, and LaTasha Timberlake. Then, from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. the Environmental Justice Film Festival will commence with 4 films. See the UCO Master Calendar for details.

Comments

  • Becky Duckworth

    Hi there – I’m a community member, concerned about the City of Edmond no longer picking up glass to recycle. They let me know about your event. Are you collecting glass for 1 day only – 4/20 (under the blue tent)? Are you advertising this to community members? If there is something I can forward to my friends & neighbors, that would be wonderful! So glad you are doing this event.
    I’m attempting to motivate the City to do more regarding glass recycling and plastics 2+. It drives me bonkers that they no longer do this!
    Cheers!
    Becky

    • Mark Walvoord

      Great to hear about a fellow recycling advocate in the Edmond community! I know the City of Edmond contract with the recycling vendor is up for renewal in 2023, so hopefully our voices (call/write your city council-people) can be heard. The result is, hopefully, going with a vendor who can find buyers for a wider array of products OR a contract that doesn’t limit us to just ONE vendor, if that vendor doesn’t take glass. The fact is, glass is infinitely recyclable and is needed at glass manufacturers right here in our state. (Plastics are a different issue, and the key there, for now, seems to be reducing our use of plastics, period, or going with bioplastics.)
      If you happen to be at the UCO Earth Day Fair, feel free to bring your glass. However, we only ordered one dumpster to fill up that day, so we’re not wanting to advertise too broadly.