Campus ‘Earth Month’ celebration to include six events

Students and other WCU community members participate in a yoga class during the 2017 Earth and Wellness celebration.

The traditional Earth Day celebration has been extended to a slate of activities spanning the entire month of April at Western Carolina University.

Sunday, April 22, is Earth Day across the globe, but “Earth Month” activities will get underway at WCU on Wednesday, April 11, with a Campus Tree Walk hosted by the WCU Sustainable Energy Initiative. Participants will gather at the Alumni Tower at 12:20 p.m. for a 45-minute walk to celebrate Arbor Day with Kathy Mathews, WCU associate professor of biology and director of the campus herbarium. Those taking part in the brisk walk should wear comfortable shoes and bring water to drink.

Coming up Saturday, April 14, is WCU’s 34th annual Tuck River Cleanup hosted by Base Camp Cullowhee, WCU’s outdoor programming organization. Those waiting in line to register as volunteers for the cleanup on the lawn of A.K. Hinds University Center between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. are invited to play recycling games with a chance to win freebies.

WCU’s Center for Service Learning is sponsoring the next event that will be held on the University Center lawn from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on two days – Thursday, April 19, and Friday, April 20. Students, faculty and staff will have a chance to shop for various items during the Pop-Up Thrift Market. Unwanted and gently used items can be turned in for the sale at Scott, Walker, Albright-Benton, Blue Ridge and Balsam residence halls and in Room 273 of Belk Building and on the second floor of the University Center. Proceeds will be donated to Sylva Linings, which raises money to support the programs of Mountain Projects.

The second annual Trashion Show will get underway at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, in the University Center Grandroom. Participants can enter the show by making clothing out of trash or recycled items. The event will be hosted by WCU’s Eco CATS, and contest rules and an entry form are available by going to this website. Entry forms are due Tuesday, April 17.

On the following day – Wednesday, April 25 – Mount Trashmore will give participants a chance to build and then dismantle a giant mountain of trash in the fountain area at WCU’s Central Plaza from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will be hosted by the Office of Sustainability and Energy Management.

“Earth Month” events will end on campus Wednesday, April 25, with Sunshine and Sunglasses Yoga on the University Center lawn. Guest yoga instructor Chad Hallyburton will lead the class from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The event will be hosted by WCU’s Department of Recreation and Wellness.

For more information, contact Lauren Bishop, WCU’s chief sustainability officer, at 828-227-3562 or