UF Sustainability Earth Day Events April 16, 17, 21

Posted by Trish Riley, April 14, 2009

The UF Sustainability Program has been presenting a host of interesting events for Earth Day month. The kicker was a terrific presentation by Jared Diamond, author of Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed. Diamond provided histories of several world civilizations destroyed by environmental destruction, and he suggested that we take note of history to protect our own future. “Sustainability is not a buzz word,” he said, “we need to do it now or we won’t be able to sustain life much longer.”

Diamond reinforced the fact that we can’t sacrifice sustainability for profit (one of my mantras!), and that the way forward is through educating the public and raising awareness about environmental issues and solutions. Keep spreading the word!

Here are a few upcoming events at UF, sent to us by Ed Brown (thanks, Ed!)

Earth Day at Museum Nights
Thu Apr 16 6pm – Thu Apr 16 9pm
University of Florida Cultural Plaza

Free music, food, and admission to the Butterfly Garden plus information and activities on sustainability issues.

Getting to Green
Pre-register by calling 352-337-6209(voicemail). Presented by Wendy Wilber, UF/IFAS Environmental Horticulture Agent
4/17/2009
Friday
3:00p to 4:30p

Alachua County Extension Office

UF’s Fourth Annual Sustainable Products Trade Show
This is a great opportunity to become better informed about the University’s sustainable purchasing requirements and commitment to sustainability. Join us to learn about GEM car, furniture, carpeting, computers, copiers, office supplies…

4/21/2009
Tuesday
10:00a to 2:00p

Here’s more info on UF Sustainability, provided by Sarjit Kellerman (thanks, Sarjit!)

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