U of M Earth Day festivities set for April 19; free lunch served
By John Stevenson
Students and faculty are invited to sprout a green thumb and celebrate the planet
at the University of Memphis' Earth Day celebration Thursday, April 19, from 10 a.m.
to 2 p.m. The festivities will take place at the TIGUrS Urban Garden, which is located
directly behind the Elma Roane Fieldhouse.
Alisha Chism, a University of Memphis green intern working for Karyl Buddington, director
of Animal Care Facilities and co-founder of the garden project, says students should
attend because the event will give them an "up close and personal perspective of the
Chism says the event will also introduce the TIGUrS garden to students and faculty
who may be unaware of its existence.
"They will be able to see, first hand, what is grown in the garden and how it could
be used," she said. The urban garden is free and open to all students and faculty.
Those attending the Earth Day event will have the chance to browse information tables
featuring sustainability initiatives from locations both on and off campus.
"Our goal is to shine the light on the importance of sustainability and how it truly
affects the world around us," said Chism.
Other events at the Earth Day event include Zumba and yoga demonstrations, giveaway
prizes and live musical entertainment from local artists. Free lunch will be served
from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the garden. Campus School students will also be touring
the garden throughout the day as well as making paper pots.
Contact Chism at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on Earth Day events and the garden project. Also visit http://www.memphis.edu/bluegoesgreen/ for additional details.
Rain location will be the Elma Roane Fieldhouse.