Earth Day 2014

Earth Day

Earth Day has been around since 1970, raising public awareness about the environment and spurring a lot of positive changes as a result. In 1990, Earth Day officially became a world-wide event. Today, more than 1 billion people are involved each year in what the Earth Day Network calls “the largest secular civic event in the world.” This year’s worldwide theme is Earth Day 2014: The Green Cities Campaign.

In an effort to make cities around the world more sustainable and reduce their carbon footprint, the Green Cities Campaign focuses on ways to make buildings, energy, and transportation cleaner, healthier and more economical. One of the ways to do this is through renewable energy sources.
What better renewable energy source than plants that, once harvested, will regenerate and be available for harvest again in a short period of time?

On Saturday, April 19th, Rutgers Gardens will be hosting a talk on the use of plants as renewable biofuel sources. The presentation will be given by Rutgers graduate students, who are all involved with the Sustainable Fuels Solution IGERT Project. The featured speakers will each introduce a different plant, explain how it is grown, and describe its uses as a biofuel. It will be a very interesting talk, with real plants and samples of the processed products you can see and touch. The Earth Day presentation starts at 1:00 p.m. in the Holly House.

If you are interested in staying for our Walk and Talk at 2:00, you can find more information at: http://rutgersgardens.rutgers.edu/walkstalks.html.

IGERT is an acronym for Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship and is the flagship interdisciplinary doctoral training program of the National Science Foundation (NSF). For more information on IGERT and the Sustainable Fuels Solution IGERT Project, please visit their website:
http://www.igert4fuels.org/index.php.