Earth Week is this week

Learn how you can be a better steward of the Earth at any of the planned activities this week.

Earth Week is here! April 22 is the 45th anniversary of the first Earth Day. It is celebrated worldwide to remind us that we all share the same planet and are responsible for its well-being.

Fermilab is hosting a few activities to help you celebrate our Earth:

Today: Hike with Fermilab’s ecologist and learn how to identify spring wildflowers found on site. Meet at noon at the interpretative trail prairie parking lot just off the north side of Pine Street. Wear outdoor shoes, and bring a camera and a notebook. Contact Ryan Campbell at x3303 for more information.

Tuesday: Join Fermilab Natural Areas and the Fermilab Roads and Grounds crew to plant native trees at the annual Arbor Day tree planting. The event takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. See the Sustainability website for more details.

Wednesday: Reserve your spot to tour the LEED gold-certified IARC Office, Technical and Education Building. This building is still under construction in some areas, but you can get a sneak peek as engineers guide you on the tour and highlight the environmental attributes that led to its LEED gold certification. Please email me for more details or to RSVP. Reservations are required by 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21. Participants will meet at 11:15 a.m. in the Wilson Hall atrium.

Thursday: Stop by the atrium between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to learn about topics such as public transportation, eco-friendly stock room items, Abri Credit Union’s green services, solar energy or composting. If you have any old keys, children’s books or textbooks at home that you would like to discard, SCARCE organization will be there collecting these items for recycling and reuse. New this year is an office supply swap table with gently used office supplies such as binders or file racks. Please feel free to drop off your excess items or take what you need to be used in your office at Fermilab.

Remember that every day should be treated like Earth Day. Whether you are purchasing a new appliance, choosing landscaping to plant or tossing out waste, make the smarter choice for the Earth and its inhabitants.

Katie Kosirog