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Texas Tech celebrates Green Week and Arbor Day

Texas Tech University will mark its annual celebration of sustainability and community this week, concluding with Arbor Day on April 25.

Written by Callie Jones

Texas Tech University will mark its annual celebration of sustainability and community this week, concluding with Arbor Day on April 25.

The event is a partnership among Student Union & Activities, Hospitality Services, Center for Campus Life, Tech Activities Board, Grounds Maintenance and the Texas Tech Ethics Center.

“Arbor Day is a great opportunity for Red Raiders to come together to beautify the campus and understand the importance of service while building a sense of community,” said Kimberly Simon-Akins, assistant director for Student Union & Activities. “It allows for students, faculty, staff and alumni to celebrate in a fun way by enjoying music, food and planting right in the heart of campus.”

Arbor Day features Texas Tech students, faculty and staff helping to beautify the campus and highlight student organizations. The event kicks off at 11 a.m. at Memorial Circle. Live music by Alex Sanchez & the Kill Time Conspiracy will begin at 11:30 a.m. and the student organization awards begin at 12:50 p.m., presented by the 2013 Homecoming Queen. Planting begins at 1:20 p.m. and continues until 3 p.m.

Green Week spreads awareness about the importance of sustainability living on the Texas Tech campus by offering several opportunities for students to participate in sustainable activities.

The Sustainability Art Show will be held Wednesday (April 23) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the SUB courtyard. It is free and open to the public. A complete schedule of Arbor Day and Green Week events can be found at www.sub.ttu.edu.

Texas Tech is making strides in sustainability by creating LEED-certified buildings and participating in events such as RecyleMania. Just this week Texas Tech was named a Green College by the Princeton Review. The week’s many events are inspired by Texas Tech’s commitment to preparing learners to be ethical leaders.

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