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UMD Celebrates World Water Week!

March 20, 2014Dan OnkenEvents, Waste/RecyclingComments Off on UMD Celebrates World Water Week!


Welcome Back!

Now that Spring Break has passed and school is back in session, the Office Sustainability welcomes you back with a little fun while we celebrate WORLD WATER WEEK! From Monday the 24th through Friday the 28th there will be a series of events to raise awareness about the importance of fresh water and of Lake Superior as a source for Duluth’s drinking water.  Here is what to expect!

Monday (3/24)

ALL DAY: Keep your eyes open for posters by all campus water fountains with interesting facts about water!

Tuesday (3/25)

Do you have any idea how much plastic waste is generated at our campus from disposable water bottles? Well you’re about to find out! Come to the Bus Hub to see our plastic bottle waste display that will demonstrate how our campus is literally drowning in unnecessary waste!

10-2 pm: Stop by our table at the Bus Hub to learn more about water and recycling awareness. Play the Water Bottle Ring Toss game for your chance to win an awesome “I drink SUPERIOR water” reusable aluminum bottle!

2 pm: Join us in the UMD Library 4th Floor Rotunda as we welcome AJ Axtell from WLSSD to speak about “What Do I Do With This Stuff.”

Wednesday (3/26)

7 pm: We use more plastic than any country in world, but where does it all end up? Watch the eye-opening documentary Bag It at the College of St. Scholastica Science Auditorium and learn how plastic bags and other plastic consumer merchandise impact land ecosystems, the marine environment and humans. Refreshments to follow!

Thursday (3/27)

10-11 am: The Magic Smelt Puppet Troupe joins us in the Bus Hub to perform with a unique Lake Superior puppet from Duluth’s annual Smelt Festival Parade! You won’t want to miss this event come smelt or high water!


4 pm: Get ready to ditch your exfoliating body wash as UWS Chemistry professor Dr. Lorena Rios Mendoza gives a presentation titled “Microplastics in the Great Lakes: is it an issue?” in the UMD Library 4th Floor Rotunda. Trust us, it is!

Saturday (3/29)

8:30-9:30 pm: As World Water Week winds down, we encourage all to take part in Global Earth Hour and turn off your non-essential lights for one hour to symbolize your commitment to the planet! 

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