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commemorates Earth Day, April 22, with celebration, tree planting
April 15, 2009 --
On Wednesday, April 22, Arkansas State
University-Jonesboro will commemorate Earth Day with a celebration on
the historic quadrangle, near ASU’s historic Centennial Arch and the
Dean B. Ellis Library. The celebration will begin at 1 p.m. when Dr. G.
Daniel Howard, vice chancellor, Academic Affairs and Research,
introduces Jonesboro mayor Harold Perrin. Refreshments will be provided,
and the event is free and open to the public.
discuss efforts Jonesboro has made to conserve energy and joint efforts
between ASU and the city of Jonesboro to go green. Mayor Perrin will
then introduce Carter Justice, senior project manager in construction
for Nordex, the wind turbine manufacturing company founded in Denmark.
Nordex recently selected Jonesboro as the site for its U.S. wind turbine
assembly plant. Justice will speak to the crowd about wind energy, the
construction of the new wind turbine assembly plant, and the Nordex
Students from the Health, Wellness and Environmental Sciences Magnet
School will also be present to display their environmentally friendly
artwork from their reuse-recycle art fair. Bob Smith, of ASU Facilities
Management, will receive a “Green Award” for Facilities Management's work in expanding the
recycling facilities on campus.
Focus the Nation 2009, a nationwide town hall forum on America’s energy
future, has included ASU’s Earth Day celebration among its 103 town hall
events held nationwide this month. These town hall events are designed
to accelerate America’s transition to a clean energy future, and include
participation by members of Congress and municipal mayors. The events
are also part of a growing clean energy movement that urges young
people, business leaders, elected officials and others to aid in the
rapid creation of climate and energy solutions. Focus the Nation 2009 is
The celebration will conclude with the planting of 30 red maple trees on
the historic quadrangle, bounded by the Dean B. Ellis Library on the
south, Wilson Hall and the Administration Building on the north, Centennial
Arch on the east, and Cooley Drive on the west. The trees will line the
north and south sides of the quadrangle.
The trees were donated or
sponsored by college deans, departments, and student organizations, and
each will be planted by a representative of the donating or sponsoring
group. Download a pdf of this architectural rendering
Dr. Jennifer Bouldin, director of ASU’s Ecotoxicology Research Facility,
says “We expect that the planting of these trees will totally transform
the area, and these trees are both a legacy for future members of the
ASU community and a reminder of the necessity to be environmentally
information, contact Dr. Jennifer Bouldin, at (870) 972-2570, or e-mail
her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Architectural rendering courtesy
of William Hall.