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UCO To Raise Environmental Awareness With a Series of Events Including Annual Earth Day Fair

April 5, 2013

Media Contact:  Courtney Harlin, University Relations Staff Writer, University of Central Oklahoma, 405-974-2121,


The University of Central Oklahoma invites the community to celebrate sustainability through a series of events April 16 – 18 leading up to Earth Day on April 22.

“Our goal is to raise awareness of important issues that affect our shared resources and to create an educational opportunity for Central community members,” said Tim Tillman, Central's Earth Day Committee chair and sustainability coordinator.

“My hope is that those who attend our events will be exposed to environmental, economic, and social justice aspects of sustainability and leave with a greater understanding of these issues.”

The week will kick off with “Park-ing Day” at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 16, in the Nigh University Center visitor’s parking lot. Central’s Student Programing Board (SPB) will transform 20 spaces into a park with free food, crafts, and other environmentally friendly activities.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, Central will host the state's longest-running Earth Day Fair at Broncho Lake, located on campus, for local businesses, state agencies, and student organizations to share their environmental missions and messages.

During the fair, SPB will sponsor a booth for visitors to make environmentally-friendly crafts such as coasters and wind chimes.

Cycology, Central’s bike shop, will also provide on-site bike repairs and tune-ups.

Earth Day T-shirts will be available for $5.

Later in the evening at 8 p.m., Central’s Campus Activities will host Plunkett Past Dark, an evening filled with crafts, inflatables, music, and more.

Booth space at the fair is still available for outside organizations and Central student organizations, but must be reserved by April 10.

At 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18, there will be a free screening of the documentary “Switch” in Constitution Hall located in the Nigh University Center. “Switch” is an educational film about ways energy can be used more efficiently.

All events are free and open to the public.

To reserve booth space or learn more about this event, contact Tillman at 405-974-3526 or