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Black Hills State University will host a week-long celebration
April 20 – 24 in honor of Earth Week 2009. Presentations on environmental issues, an acoustic concert, and a park clean-up in collaboration with city of Spearfish are just a few of the events planned to show the University’s commitment to sustainability.

“Black Hills State University is taking the lead in sustainability,” President Kay Schallenkamp says. “We are fortunate to live in this beautiful and unique environment. It’s important for us as a university to take a leadership role in this effort and we are pleased to be working the city of Spearfish in our efforts. Our students know the importance sustainability and I'm proud of them for taking the initiative to celebrate Earth Week with a full schedule of educational and enjoyable activities.”

A complete schedule of events for the week is as follows:

Monday, April 20

  • 6 p.m. – Movie Showing – “The 11th Hour,” featuring Leonardo DiCaprio
    Jacket Legacy Room – Student Union

Movie attendees may exchange a regular light bulb for a free Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL).

Tuesday, April 21

  • 4 - 5:30 p.m. – Student Engagement and Community Collaboration (SEACC) for Prevention Alternative Fun presentation
    Jacket Legacy Room – Student Union

Students that attended the PowerShift Conference, Alternative Spring Break and members from the Travel and Tourism Club will present about their experiences and what they learned.

Wednesday, April 22 – Earth Day

  • 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. – BHSU faculty presentations
    Young Center, room 212

Dr. Brian Smith, professor of science will discuss the declining frog populations; and Dr. Tim Steckline, associate professor of humanities, will talk about the environmental movement.

  • 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. – BHSU faculty presentations
    Meier Hall, room 206

Dr. Sandra Marker, assistant professor of history and social science, will talk about culture and population; and Dr. Andy Johnson, assistant professor of science, will discuss peak oil.

Thursday, April 23

  • 2 – 4 p.m. - Park clean-up
    Spearfish City Park

The BHSU Collegiate Outdoor Leadership Program (COLP) and the Wildlife Club, in collaboration with the city of Spearfish, will lead a clean- up effort in the city park and along the bike paths.

Friday, April 24

  • 6 p.m. – Acoustic Celebration Concert
    Spearfish City Park

Gabe Gibson, junior BHSU English major from Rapid City; and Mike Ray will play an acoustic concert celebrating and raising awareness for Earth Day. BHSU student organizations will have information tables and the BHSU Bookstore has donated door prizes that will be given away.

All of the Earth Week events are free and open to the public. For more information contact Richard Raridon, volunteer coordinator at BHSU, at 642-6471 or RichardRaridon@BHSU.edu or Kelly Smith, president of People for the Ethical Treatment of the Environment (P.E.T.E.) at 641-5493.

BHSU was the first South Dakota university to join the American College and University President's Climate Commitment, a consortium of 600 universities across the nation dedicated to address global warming by garnering institutional commitments to neutralize greenhouse gas emissions, and to accelerate the research and educational efforts of higher education to equip society to re-stabilize the earth’s climate.

The addition and remodeling project of the Student Union at BHSU has been designed to include components that will make it a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) silver certified building. The Student Union is expected to become a model for demonstration of energy efficiencies and an educational tool for BHSU students and others in the community. The new science building will also be LEED silver certified.