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Virginia Tech announces Earth Week 2012 events

BLACKSBURG, Va., April 13, 2012 – Virginia Tech’s annual Earth Week celebration, April 17 through April 22, aims to inspire positive environmental awareness and encourage the adoption of green practices across campus.

Earth Week will kick-off with a pre-event Skype session with environmental writer and activist Bill McKibben of on April 10, 2012, at 7:30 p.m.

In addition, other events include an opportunity to plant trees on campus and the unveiling of a plaque at the ICTAS-II building noting its designation as a U.S. Green Building Council LEED Gold Rating hosted by President Charles W. Steger.

Additional events, speakers, and opportunities for both students and community members to learn and celebrate sustainable living will take place the following week beginning on April 17. A complete listing of those events can be found at the Earth Week celebration website.

The Environmental Coalition hosts Earth Week each year with the support of Virginia Tech’s Office of Energy and Sustainability to provide venues to enjoy great learning experiences; networking opportunities; and social events with students, faculty, staff, and the Blacksburg community.

“To see our students lead the efforts for a week of events solidifies the commitment they have for a more environmentally sound future,” said Denny Cochrane, sustainability program manager. 

Abigail Hays of Waldorf, Md., a junior majoring in political science in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences is coordinating this year’s events.

“As a university that aims to invent the future, it is important for students and employees alike to come together and take advantage of the opportunities to learn about the direction that sustainability is moving,” said Hays.

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 240 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $513 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.