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University of Central Missouri Hosts its First Earth Week Celebration

Contributed by Innovative Public Relations of UCM.

This has been a year of firsts for the University of Central Missouri (UCM). UCM started its first campus-wide recycling program and became the first university in the area to kick off a $36.1 million project to reduce energy consumption. UCM also sponsored its first full week of activities celebrating Earth Day.

A campus committee consisting of faculty and student organizations developed the week of events based on the theme “Change your behavior, change our world.” The week’s events focused on celebrating sustainability and recycling efforts on campus while providing information on the importance of living green.

ADP members at UCM played a large role in Earth Week 2010, sponsoring many of the week’s events and speakers including: “Green Luncheon” featuring Daniel Wallach from Greensburg, Kansas; a Volunteer Service Day; a Green Short-film Festival; and speakers John Hess an evolutionary biologist, and Robert Mann, co-director of Shadowcliff.

To kick off the week of events more than 80 community participants came together on Saturday, April 17, for the Volunteer Service Day.  Some of the service projects included cleaning up nature trails, helping build a Habitat for Humanity House, and volunteering at Nature Central.  More than 125 audience members attended Monday’s Haute Trash Fashion Show, and several students, faculty, staff, and community members participated as models. On Wednesday, Green Energy at Central brought more than 30 Kansas City area business leaders to participate in a round table discussion that will be featured in the May issue of Ingram’s business magazine.

Ed Begley, Jr. was the highlight of the week, speaking about living sustainably, not only on Earth Day, but also on the other 364 days of the year.  Begley also encouraged everyone to start with inexpensive practices such as riding bikes, recycling, and using cloth grocery bags.

The UCM plans to make the Earth Week celebration an annual event. As a leading university in sustainability, UCM anticipates continued support from the local community and area sponsors including Trane, the contractor for UCM’s Energy Savings Contract (ESCO) project.

Innovative Public Relations (IPR), a student-led public relations firm, is under the direction of the University of Central Missouri Office of University Relations in Warrensburg, Mo.  Founded in January 2010, the firm consists of six public relations students, all of whom are committed to professional development and public relations initiatives.  IPR is committed to providing clients with quality public relations in a timely, accurate and ethical manner.  IPR’s future goals include opening its doors to prospective clients affiliated with the university.  For more information, visit or contact IPR at or 660-543-8557.

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  1. Melissa Looper #

    I am so glad that I was able to participate in Earth Week 2010! I appreciate our committee and all of the volunteers that made this week successful! I am looking forward to Earth Week 2011.


    April 30, 2010

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