earth day 2013 – activities to take place on all campuses

To demonstrate the college’s growing willingness to learn from and act for the environment, Valencia will host Earth Day events on its five campuses this April. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend the festivities.

The Lake Nona Campus will be first to host Earth Day events, which will take place on April 8 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the courtyard. Student and outside groups will have displays and information on sustainable practices, including the “green features” of the Lake Nona Campus. Smoothies will be served and students can pot a plant to take home. If you have any questions, contact Jason Dodge, coordinator of student development at the Lake Nona Campus, at or 407-582-7122.

West Campus Earth Day is scheduled for April 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the SSB (Student Services Building) Patio. Activities include a Lake Pamela nature walk, and tours of Building 11’s “green features” and the campus chiller plant. A new film on renewable energy titled “Switch” will be shown. Festivities will include games related to recycling, the opportunity to pot a plant to take home, and tutorials on how to calculate your carbon footprint. Displays by different student clubs and outside nonprofits will show how participants can lower their environmental impact through home energy use, transportation and diet. Healthy food will be served, and the Sustainability Committee will be selling plants. If you have any questions, please contact Maeleesa Strong, student development advisor on West Campus, at or 407-582-5515.

Winter Park Earth Day will be on April 10 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the courtyard. Activities include challenging your recycling knowledge, planting seeds, creating your own recycled bottle cap key chain, a campus-based resource fair that includes information on Energy Efficiency and Transportation, as well as Peer Educator activities. Healthy free food will be available, along with eco-friendly giveaways. For more information, please contact Sunni Prevatt, student development coordinator at the Winter Park Campus, at or 407-582-6889.

East Campus Earth Day will take place on April 11 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The event, which is sponsored by Valencia Earth Studies Association (VESA) and student development, will include animal exhibits by Audubon Center for Birds of Prey, Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge, and Gatorland. Other displays will be provided by the Sierra Club, Friends of the Wekiva River, Save the Manatee, KELA Energy, and the Florida Native Plant Society. Activities will include a campus nature walk and tour of the greenhouse, music, games, and prizes. Refreshments will be provided by Jeremiah’s Ice and Chai Tea. Students will learn about local and global environmental issues, and how they can reduce their impact on the Earth. If you have any questions, please contact James Adamski, Earth science professor and sponsor of the VESA club, at or (407) 582-2478.

Osceola Campus Earth Day is on April 15 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Clock Tower. Employees and students are welcome to get started early at 9:00 a.m. to participate in planting three trees near the planned butterfly garden by the Clock Tower. Local utility representatives will have water/electric conservation tips, and local environmental groups will inform participants about Earth friendly practices and how to create a wildlife friendly yard. Information on “green features” that enhance the campus’ new Building 4 will be shared. Students can participate in “recycled bag trash toss,” learn about recycling and plant a seed to take home and grow. Exotic animals ranging from Purse the Alligator to Mindy the Monkey will be on campus. Refreshments will include java chip smoothies. Osceola Campus Earth Day is organized by Valencia Volunteers and student development. Please contact Bernard Huggins, Valencia Volunteer coordinator, at or 407-582-4952 for more information.