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Earth Day activities scheduled for
April 8, 2010
“Act Locally” is the theme for the 2010 Earth Day as
Arkansas State University and the city of Jonesboro join forces to
celebrate the event, Thursday, April 22, at Tailgate City, adjacent to
the Pavilion and ASU Football Stadium. The Barton Weather Deck from
KAIT8 is the stage for the activities which are from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Speakers begin at 1 p.m. Earth Day celebration is free and open to the
Trey Stafford of the Triple FM radio group will serve as the master of
ceremonies, and Triple FM will have a remote broadcast from the site and
will be serving hot dogs donated by Sodexo along with drinks and chips
donated by Frito Lay.
“Our theme, ‘act locally’ is a take-off from our past years when we
encouraged everyone to think globally and act locally,” said Dr.
Jennifer Bouldin, assistant professor of Environmental Biology and
director of the Ecotoxicology Research Facility at ASU. “We are
partnering with the city of Jonesboro and will have local businesses,
industries and community groups displaying their conservation and
Dr. Andy Novobilski, dean of the College of Sciences and Mathematics,
will get the occasion underway with introductions of Jonesboro Mayor
Harold Perrin, Jill Forrester from Whitton Farms, John Risi from
Frito-Lay, and Shawn Merrill from the Forrest L. Wood Crowley’s Ridge
Nature Center. These speakers will discuss locally grown produce, local
industry striving for sustainability and local conservation efforts.
Dr. Bouldin also said representatives of several local schools will
explain how the schools are addressing conservation.
As during last year’s Earth Day celebration, tree-planting sponsorship
is available on the east side of University Loop East and south of Aggie
Road. Trees are presented for a $150 donation and include a deciduous
mixture combined with a few flowering focal trees. The donation
includes the tree, planting and mulch, and recognition on the Earth Day
plaque that will be constructed on the site. Because the site is remote
from the celebration area, the physical planting of the trees is not a
part of the ceremonies.
Colleges, departments and organizations are invited to donate a tree as
well as any individual or group that would like to contribute to Earth
Day and provide a living memorial. For additional information, contact
Dr. Bouldin at (870) 972-2570 or
In addition, local automobile dealers will display hybrid cars on the
west parking lot of the football stadium. E-waste will be collected by
Among the local businesses participating in Earth Day activities include
Harmony Gardens, Landers Brothers Honda, Central Toyota, Central
Chevrolet, Gearhead Outfitters, NEA Bicycling Coalition, Jonesboro Parks
and Recreation, Greenway Renewable Energy,
United States Green Building Council (USGBC), Marck
Industries, Inc. (recycling), Curtis Stout (portable solar array
demonstration), Suddenlink, Arkansas Rivers Association, Olive Garden,
Frito Lay, USDA County Extension Office, ASU Facilities Management
recycling programs and ASU Facilities for tree donations and Nordex.
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