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College Hosts Earth Day Celebration



College Hosts Earth Day Celebration

April 4, 2007 - Collin College (Collin) will host the 2007 Earth Day celebration April 17-18 at its Preston Ridge Campus, 9700 Wade Blvd., in Frisco. The celebration is free and open to the public and is presented in coordination with the city of Frisco.

Events will focus around the theme of "Less is More.Sustain Our Earth." The celebration will also recognize International Day and Environmental Education Week. Through various activities and lectures, attendees will learn how to make choices that will improve quality of life and benefit the environment. All events are free and open to the public.

Attendees can get a henna tattoo, view hybrid vehicles, take a trip on a Segway, plant a Xeriscape dish garden, listen to Native American music and learn about green building, among many other activities. Community members are encouraged to bring old eye glasses, gently used pairs of shoes, old telephone books, old printers and computer components to recycle.

The following special events are scheduled:

Tuesday, April 17
"The Environment from the Nigerian Perspective" - Noon at the college's Event Center
Ehimare Aigbivbalu, Collin adjunct environmental science professor, will present a lecture and slideshow of environmental conditions and issues in the developing countries.

Rock Concert and "Affluenza" - 4 p.m. in the Quad
A rock concert will be followed by pizza and the movie "Affluenza," which explores the high social and environmental costs of materialism and over-consumption.

Wednesday, April 18
Fun Run-Walk and Bike Cruise - 9 a.m. in the Quad
The Fun Run-Walk and Bike Cruise will emphasize foot-power and pedal-power as alternative modes of transportation that improve quality of life.

Official Proclamation and Welcoming Ceremony - 11 a.m. in the Quad
Collin Board of Trustee member Sam Roach will kick off the festivities, and the Earth Day Proclamation from the city of Frisco will be read.

Special Lectures - 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the college's Event Center
Christy Ilfrey, co-owner of Native Texas Garden Designs, will present "Journey of a Water Molecule: Drought, Native Landscaping, and the Trinity River Basin" at 11 a.m. Jeremy Starritt, environmental educational coordinator for the city of Frisco, will present "Peace Corps Experiences" at noon. A faculty-student panel will discuss "Changing Our Attitudes: How to Sustain Our Earth" at 1 p.m.

For more information, contact E.J. Hanford, Earth Day committee chair, at ehanford@collin.edu or 972.377.1589.

Collin County Community College District (Collin) serves more than 41,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.