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Collin College Hosts Earth Day Celebration on April 15-16

March 24, 2008 - Collin College in coordination with the city of Frisco will host an Earth Day Celebration on April 15-16 at the Preston Ridge Campus, 9700 Wade Blvd., in Frisco.

The event is free and open to the public and it will focus on the theme "It is easy to be green! Recycle - Reuse - Renew our Planet."

Attendees will have an opportunity to get henna tattoos, view hybrid vehicles, take a trip on a "Segway," see a "found art" installation, listen to Native American music, learn about green building, cleaning, and rain barrels, among many other activities.

Additionally, community members are encouraged to bring old eye glasses, old cell phones, gently used pairs of shoes and clothing, old telephone books, old printers and computer components to recycle.

The following events are scheduled:

  • Rock Concert and the movie, "The 11th Hour" - 4 p.m., Tuesday, April 15 (Quad): "The 11th Hour" explores the state of the global environment including visionary and practical solutions for restoring the planet's ecosystems.
  • Fun Run-Walk and Bike Cruise - 9:45 a.m., Wednesday, April 16 (Quad): This event will emphasize foot- and pedal-power as alternative modes of transportation that improve quality of life.
  • Official Proclamation and Welcoming Ceremony - 11 a.m., Wednesday April 16 (Quad): The Collin College Board of Trustees and Mayor of Frisco will kickoff the festivities with the reading of the Earth Day Proclamation.
  • Recycled Fashion Show - noon, Wednesday April 16 (Quad): Theatre costume design students along with local vendor Counter Culture will showcase renewable fashion.
  • Special Lectures - 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Wednesday, April 16 (Event Center)
  • Peace Corps Experiences - noon - 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 16 (Event Center) presented by Jeremy Starritt, Environmental Educational Coordinator for the City of Frisco
  • A Faculty-Student Panel: "Who Gets the Fuel - Us or Them?" - 1-2 p.m., Wednesday, April 16 (Event Center): Panel will focus on the impacts of the inexpensive cars being made available and purchased by the masses in developing countries like India.

For more information, visit or contact E.J. Hanford, Earth Day committee chair, at or 972.377.1589.

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