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University of Central Oklahoma plans Earth Day activities

A celebration of a bicycle program's success is among events planned later this month at the University of Central Oklahoma for Earth Day.
BY SARAH HUSSAIN Modified: April 3, 2013 at 10:12 pm •  Published: April 4, 2013

— What is thought to be the longest-running Earth Day event in Oklahoma is scheduled April 16-18 at the University of Central Oklahoma.

Tim Tillman, sustainability coordinator, and the Earth Day Committee are planning events such as a fair scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 17 along Broncho Lake.

Food will be provided by local restaurants, and arts and crafts such as “make your own trail mix bars” will be offered. Earth Day T-shirts will be for sale.

Heifer International, the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments Clean Air Committee, the Oklahoma Project Wild, Department of Environmental Quality, Sustainable Oklahoma City and other groups will be in attendance with information about environmental awareness.

Student groups will offer information about smoking cessation, litter prevention and trash pickup.

UCO's Bum-A-Bike will invite participants for snacks to celebrate the success of the program, which recently celebrated its fifth year. Mechanic Bill Harpster, of UCO's bike shop, Cycology, will do on-site bike repairs and tuneups, Tillman said.

April 16 is Park-ing Day.

“We're going to take about 20 spaces out in the visitor lot and convert them to actual parks so people can roll out their turf and have their lawn chairs and their coolers and umbrellas, sandboxes, and yeah, for the day the park-ing space is now a park,” Tillman said.

Biology professor David Bass, former chair of the Earth Day Committee, began an Earth Day program in 1985 to raise environmental awareness.

“The biology club decided to make the campus aware of the environment by setting up a table during Earth week, the week of Earth Day, where they sold plants and just simply asked for people to donate money, which they in turn would donate to a local environmental group,” Bass said.

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