Lubbock’s Greenest Spring Ever!
April 14, 2009
The two-week celebration is full of events focusing on making Texas Tech and the community
more environmentally friendly.
Written by: Jessica Behnham
The college’s first Arbor Day on March 2, 1938, started the enthusiastic attention
to campus beautification still alive today.
Texas Tech University announces “Spring into Green,” a two-week celebration of events
held in conjunction with community partners that will focus on making its campus
and Lubbock more environmentally friendly.
To kick off the initiative’s events, the university will host a symposium and workshop April 15-16.
The goal of the symposium is to develop a green action plan that is backed by Texas
Tech administration and facilities planners and can be implemented to help reduce
energy usage and paper waste on campus.
In addition, the IEEE – formerly the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers – Green Technology Conference will be held April 16-17 at the Holiday Inn Hotel and
Towers. The conference will cover technologies for reducing energy use, such as home
automation, home and commercial-building energy management and reduced-energy lighting.
Other Events Include:
- April 17: Lubbock’s chapter of the American Institute for Architects will host the Tau Sigma
Delta Silver Medal Award Winner Presentation at 4:30 p.m. at the Texas Tech English
Building Room 001.
- April 18: The City of Lubbock will host a “City Wide Pride” neighborhood clean-up. An Earth
Day information booth will also be set up at the South Plains Mall.
- April 20: Alternative Transportation Day, An Eco-Car Challenge X will he held from 10 a.m.-2
p.m. at the Student Union West Plaza.
- April 21: Energy Conservation & Sustainability Day, a film series and visual display will
take place from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Student Union West Plaza. A Sustainable Business
Conference also will be held from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Louise Hopkins Underwood
Center for the Arts followed by an After-School Session from 3:30-7 p.m.
- April 22: Water Conservation Day, the movie “FLOW: For Love of Water” will be shown at 8 p.m.
at Urbanovsky Park. A presentation by Texas Tech professor Katharine Hayhoe on climate
change will take place at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Building Allen Theatre.
- April 23: Recycling Day, a recycling roundup will take place from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Student
Union West Plaza.
- April 24:Arbor Day, Texas Tech students can get free food and T-shirts from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Engineering
Key. Kingsley will provide live music from 11:50 a.m.-12:50 p.m. The ceremony of
student organization awards will take place at 12:50 p.m., and planting will take
place from 1:20 - 3 p.m.
- April 25: The City of Lubbock will host a “Keep Lubbock Beautiful” neighborhood clean-up.
Also, a Think Green. Act Green: Rain Barrel Make & Take workshop will take place
from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts.
Spring Into Green: Making a More Environmentally Friendly Campus
Springing Up a West Texas Oasis