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Beth Dopp, library associate, 406.657.1087, bethany.dopp@rocky.edu
RMC Media Team, 406.657.1105, media@rocky.edu

Earth Day is every day – especially the week of April 22-26 at RMC

BILLINGS, April 10, 2014 – The Rocky Mountain College campus celebrates the week of Earth Day with practical commemorations of our inextricable ties to our home, Earth. 

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for a student-initiated $65,000 solar panel installation highlights the week. Tree planting, bicycle repair, litter cleanup, composting study, and a climate change rally accompany filmed visions of a more sustainable Montana and discussions of how to eat well with less waste to the Earth.

The RMC mission theme of shared responsibility and stewardship buoys student groups’ community partnerships to promote sustainable practices.

Tuesday, April 22, at 4:00 p.m., the State of Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation Southern Land Office offers a sugar maple tree planting, followed by a root beer float social hosted by environmental club students on the RMC Green. 

Tuesday, April 22, at 7:00 p.m. in the Fortin Education Center auditorium, the Montana Wilderness Association – Eastern Wildlands Chapter shows National Geographic’s American Serengeti. The high-definition 2010 visit to northeast Montana’s grassland prairie describes the ambitious project to restore a thriving three million acre wildlife reserve so that vast herds of American wildlife would again roam the plains as they did just 200 years ago.

Thursday, April 24, at 4:00 p.m., students do their part to clean their neighborhood in a litter busting patrol that meets near the RMC Bear. Bags and gloves will be supplied. Campus dining sponsors a BBQ to follow for those that help tidy the campus.

That evening at 6:30 p.m., Matt Schatzke offers Garden Recycling: Home Composting 101 in classroom B216 attached to the back of the library. His lecture covers the surprising benefits of composting and the basics of how to compost, including overviews of the science behind composting and various methods for the home composter. 

Friday, April 25, from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m., a bicycle repair shop will held near the RMC Bear. Tim Lohrenz, director of outdoor recreation, and others will help students with and teach simple bicycle maintenance and repairs.

At 3:00 p.m., the RMC library hosts a discussion of Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual by Michael Pollan. How we eat has a huge impact on the environment. Food Rules delightfully strips away the confusions and complexities surrounding food production, consumption, and diets. Pollan writes “Eat food, mostly plants, not too much… Apples are food; Twinkies are not.” To obtain a copy, contact bethany.dopp@rocky.edu.

Saturday, April 26, the RMC Environmental Club invites the community to a Climate Change Rally from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. on the Yellowstone County Courthouse lawn downtown.

Finally, at 3:30 p.m., the College hosts a ribbon cutting ceremony for the sparkling new solar panel demonstration project due for installation from April 21 to 23 on the Bair Family Student Center. These solar panels drew $65,000 of grants secured by junior Renee Seacor of the RMC environmental club. “The project aims to foster sustainable development on campus … and in the process, educate the Rocky Mountain College community on environmental responsibility and the importance of sustainable practices,” Seacor wrote. “I think it’s awesome,” said advisor Luke Ward, “because it’s student-generated.” 

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