Gaucho red goes green for Earth Day

By Emily Csukardi

Student collecting recyclable materials at the Dumpster Dive in 2012.
Student collecting recyclable materials at the Dumpster Dive in 2012.


In honor of Earth Day on April 22, Glendale Community College’s Green Efforts club will be hosting a day of events on campus to bring awareness to sustainability within the community.

“The Glendale Community College Environmental Club is a group of concerned students who want to make GCC and this world a cleaner and more eco-friendly place,” said professor and member of the environmental club.

Beginning on Thursday April 18, students can participate in the “Dumpster Dive,” in which students will be sorting through campus garbage to see what could have been recycled. The event begins at 7 a.m. with gloves and masks being provided.

“We start at 7:00a.m., and expect to end an hour later,” said Harris.

The recyclable materials will be weighed, and results will be announced on April 22.

That day will also be filled with Earth Day events inside of the Student Union, in SU-104.

At 8 a.m. faculty member Dr. Erik Gergus will be giving a lecture, “Disappearing Amphibians.”

Following this, students will be able to learn about global climate change through a viewing of the HBO documentary, “Too Hot to Handle” at 9 a.m.

Following the documentary at 10 a.m., Dr. Kim Smith of GCC will give a lecture, “Climate Change 101.”

Students can also hear from special guest Paul Catanzariti, Community Outreach Coordinator for Maricopa County Environmental Services Department’s Stormwater Quality Program at 11 a.m.

The last event of the day will take place at 12 p.m., in which Dr. Mary Harris will give the results of the April 18 Dumpster Dive, and will also discuss the current state of GCC’s Climate Action Plan.

“GCC has committed to being carbon neutral by 2025. This is not going to be easy since 51percent of our emissions come from student, faculty and staff commuting,” said Harris.

All students are welcome to attend both the Dumpster Dive and Earth Day lectures, and are also encouraged to ride their bikes to school as a method of going green.

“Students are also very welcome to attend the Green Efforts meetings on Friday afternoons in the LS building,” said Harris.

More information is available at the Green Efforts’ page on GCC’s website.

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