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04/17/2012 07:00:00

Caltech Celebrates Earth Week

To help educate the community on living greener, Caltech's Office of Sustainability is sponsoring a series of events starting Tuesday in honor of Earth Week.

Four lunchtime lectures offer participants the opportunity to learn where Caltech's water comes from, how power is generated on campus, what happens to the waste generated on campus, and how to buy locally and sustainably grown produce. These informational sessions will be held Tuesday through Friday at noon in Winnett Lounge, and lunch will be provided to the first 25 guests in attendance at each event.

Anyone with a green thumb can pick up free vegetable seeds and compost from Chandler Café's composting program and find out how to get involved in sustainability organizations on campus at the student club fair on Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on San Pasqual Walk. Then on Thursday, there is a screening of Living Downstream, a documentary about cancer and its connection to our environment, at 5 p.m. in Hameetman Auditorium.

The week wraps up with an e-waste roundup on Friday from 8 a.m. to noon at the Recycling Center, where you can properly dispose of your old computers, cell phones, batteries, DVDs, fax machines, stereos, monitors, scanners, and printers.

All events are open to the public. For more information on the full spectrum of Caltech's sustainability efforts, visit

Written by Andrew Allan