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Loras College to Mark Earth Day with Weeklong Celebration
DUBUQUE, Iowa – In celebration of Earth Day, Loras College will host Du-Earth Week, from April 22 to 28. The week features various events for students to become more active and educated in sustainability efforts on campus and in the Dubuque community.
Du-Earth week has been a collaborative effort arranged by Loras Sustainability, Loras Peace and Justice, Student Union, and Loras Environmental Action Forum (LEAF).
“This is my second time planning Du-Earth Week, and I am really excited for the weeks potential to help promote our planet,” said Loras junior Jacob Jansen. “The goal of the week is to bring people together to celebrate the Earth, and hopefully plant more seeds in furthering the sustainability at Loras College and the Dubuque community.”
The week kicks off on Earth Day at 7 p.m., Monday, April 22 with the screening of “Before the Flood” in the Foley Auditorium in the Science Hall.
At 2 p.m., Tuesday, April 23, students will travel to Convivium Urban Farmstead, a nonprofit in Dubuque, to gain knowledge on being sustainable through gardening.
From 7 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, April 24, in the Loras Pub, LEAF will host an Ecotrivia contest.
On Thursday, April 25, students and community members can enjoy free ice-cream, Magoo’s Pizza, Henna tattoos, yard games, and music from Todd McDonough on the library lawn while learning more about local environmental initiatives during Ecofest.
From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, April 26 students can enjoy lunch from Adobos Mexican Food Truck between Keane Hall and Wahlert Hall. Ten percent of proceeds will go to help fund the Loras Garden.
On Saturday, April 27, participants will walk to the Dubuque Farmer’s Market at 9 a.m. followed by a pita party with local food at the Peace and Justice House.
From 9 a.m. to noon on Sunday, April 28, students will team up with Loras Student Union for Beautify Loras. This is Student Union’s largest event of the year and has seen high attendance in past years.
About Loras College
Loras leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan institutions to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. Loras ranks 38th among 450 NCAA Division III athletic programs in the 2017-18 Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings, 11th out of the Top 100 baccalaureate colleges, according to the 2016 Washington Monthly College Rankings, 13th Best Regional College, according to Midwest U.S. News Best Colleges and is among the 200 Best-Loved Colleges in the nation, according to Forbes Magazine. Visit www.loras.edu to learn more.