Green Week Offers Opportunity for Community Service Projects

Green Week

CHICAGO, IL (April 17, 2008) – Recognition of Earth Day will take place on the campus of North Park University through a variety of events. All are invited to get involved and learn more about how to keep our planet green.

Green Exposition
Monday, April 21, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Carlson Lobby
Several groups both from on and off campus will have tables in Carlson Lobby displaying information about green-related opportunities, alternatives, and sign-up sheets for the Service Day on Saturday.

"Edens Lost & Found"
Tuesday, April 22, 7 p.m., Java Haus
The film that will be shown is titled "Edens Lost & Found". This film highlights practical solutions and initiatives that have taken place in the city of Chicago by community activists and professionals. This film is part of a PBS series showcasing Los Angeles, Seattle, and Chicago, and has won awards in the National Association for Environmental Education's Environmental Film Festival.

Following the film, a discussion will be led by the Evanston Food Policy Council. Evanston Food Policy Council is a citizens group working to ensure everyone's access to a safe and diverse regional food supply and to foster awareness of healthy food choices. They advocate sustainable agricultural policies, support organic growing practices, and promote active urban-rural connections through our local food system.

Water First
Wednesday, April 23, 6:30 p.m., Carlson Tower, C-13
Water is easy for us here to get, and we use it for so many things — but it is precious for so many others. Clean water is invaluable. Come hear from Professor Linda Vick about her experience in Ethiopia and what is being done to change people's lives around the world — just by giving them clean water to drink and use in everyday life.

Kent Taylor Presentation
Thursday, April 24, 7 p.m., Java Haus
This presentation has been created by Mr. Taylor to explore and challenge the numerous arguments of the skeptics by using many of the same slides from his "Inconvenient Truth" presentation. Here he details the science that serves to refute the arguments of those who feel global warming is a hoax. He takes on the top 20 arguments against the theory; along the way, he extols the virtues of the scientific method and how to discuss this topic with skeptics without arguing, but by relying on science rather than rhetoric.

Friday, April 25, 7 p.m., Park North Lounge
This vegetarian potluck will feature a discussion on God and creation led by R. Boaz Johnson, professor of biblical and theological studies.

North Park University Community Service Day
Saturday, April 26, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. • Meet in front of Old Main
North Park University's first annual Community Service Day will provide a wide variety of service projects for students, faculty and staff, alumni, and members of the Albany park community, who will join together to serve the community. The emphasis will be on green-related projects, but other service projects will be available, as well. Potential service sites will include garbage pick-up in the neighborhood and at local parks and possibly some revitalization projects on the North Branch River. We hope to bring together the large and diverse family of North Park to make an impact on our community and on the environment.

9 a.m.: Volunteers arrive, donuts and coffee available
9 a.m.: Leave for site
9:30 a.m.: Arrive at site; receive volunteer orientation
11 a.m.: Break
12:30 p.m.: Head back to campus
12:30 p.m.: Barbeque served in front of Old Main

If you register online for the service day by the end of the day on Tuesday, April 22, you will be automatically entered into a raffle for a Green-Cleaning gift basket. There will be more than one prize, and there will be more raffles on the day of the service event, so if you sign up late you still have a chance at winning something. You can also sign up in the lobby of Carlson Tower on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Check out the Service Day Registration form for a list of service day projects!

In addition to these events, the University will be planting a tree in honor of Earth Day. Stay tuned to the University Ministries web site to find out what they will be planting and where!

Finally, there will be a light bulb exchange on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday of next week from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the lobby of Carlson Tower. Bring in your old light bulbs and exchange them for energy-efficient CFL light bulbs.