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"Earth Week" is Green and Growing at UNR

PHOTO: A closer look at Washoe County's new electric buses is part of the University of Nevada-Reno's Earth Day events on campus this week. Photo courtesy Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County.
PHOTO: A closer look at Washoe County's new electric buses is part of the University of Nevada-Reno's Earth Day events on campus this week. Photo courtesy Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County.
April 23, 2014

RENO, Nev. - Earth Week is a chance for the University of Nevada-Reno to show people what the school has been doing to "go green."

Sustainability is the focus of educational programs and demonstrations, said Su Hoon Tan, programming coordinator at the University, citing examples of campus and community resources. Those who come out today can get a closer look at one of the Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County's new electric buses, she said, as well as an all-electric Nissan Leaf.

"We will have eco-friendly vehicles, including the new RTC 'zero emissions' electric bus," she said. "It will be on campus, on display. Students, faculty members, the community members are all welcome to come on campus and visit educational tables, and actually meet with the folks here."

Tan said Earth Week events seem to be growing in both scale and popularity each year.

"This is our third year doing it," she said. "It's getting more well known. We're getting more participation from local groups and student groups as well."

Today's events will take place at the Joe Crowley Student Union Plaza, and also will include a clinic on bicycle repair by the Campus Cycling Coalition.

Earth Week activities will wrap up on Friday with the planting of a paw paw tree on campus in honor of Arbor Day. Tan said UNR is working toward becoming a designated "Tree Campus USA" location through the Arbor Day Foundation.

The tree planting is scheduled for 11 a.m. at the southwest entrance of the West Stadium Parking Complex.

Troy Wilde, Public News Service - NV