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Alfred University joins Alfred State, village in promoting variety of Earth Week activities

Alfred University, Alfred State College, and the Village of Alfred have combined efforts to create a multitude of events marking Earth Week 2013, April 21-28. This year’s focus is to bring awareness to environmental issues and encourage citizens to participate in activities which benefit the planet.

The week will kick off Sunday, April 21 with a spring cleaning of Pollywogg Holler Eco-Resort (6240 South Road, Belmont). Tasks range from cleaning up downed branches to freshening up gardens. All volunteers are asked to wear weather-appropriate clothes, boots, and work gloves. Participants will receive a free pizza. Please RSVP at

Also on Sunday, there will be a hike on the Finger Lakes Trail to the Howard Wind turbines; hikers are asked to bring their own food for a picnic. Meet at Alfred State’s Huntington Administration Building parking lot or AU’s Ade Hall at 10:30 a.m. to offer or find a ride. Please RSVP to either or

Finally on Sunday, there will be a showing of the film “My Name is Allegany County” at 7 p.m. in Alfred State’s Cappedonia Auditorium, Orvis Building.

On Monday, April 22 the week will continue with a screening of the film “Living Downstream” at 7 p.m. in the Alfred Village Hall. This documentary follows cancer survivor Sandra Steingraber as she tries to bring attention to the links between the environment and cancer.

Events on Tuesday, April 23 will include a taste test of bottled water vs. tap water from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. outside of Alfred State’s Central Dining Hall. This event is sponsored by Alfred State’s Sustainability Club.

From 3-6 p.m. Tuesday there will be a “stuff swap” in Alfred University’s Davis Gym. Participants are invited to trade items they no longer need; excess “stuff” will be donated to the Opp Shop in the Alfred Seventh Day Baptist Parish House.

From 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday there will be a showing of “The Thin Ice: The Inside Story of Climate Science” in Alfred State’s Cappedonia Auditorium, Orvis Building.

Wednesday’s festivities will include a clean-up of the creek behind Community Bank on Main Street, sponsored by Alfred State’s Outdoor Recreation Club. Please wear waterproof clothes that are okay to get dirty. Also on Wednesday, from 5-6 p.m., there will be Alfred State’s Sustainability Club’s weekly meeting.

The final event on Wednesday will be Allegany County sustainability networking at Pollywogg Holler. The sustainability-minded are invited to enjoy live music and wood-fired pizza, and network to strengthen the sustainability community in Allegany County and create collaboration opportunities. Carpools will leave from Alfred State’s Huntington Administration Building at 6 p.m.; there is a $5 entrance fee.

Thursday, April 25 will offer mountain biking with Alfred State’s Outdoor Recreation Club. Participants must bring their own bike, helmet, and safety equipment; meet at the gazebo in front of Alfred State’s Orvis Building.

Also on Thursday is “The Green Party: Time for Something Different” at 5 p.m. in Alfred Village Hall, in which Village Trustee Virginia Rasmussen will introduce the Green Party and lead a discussion.

On Friday, Alfred State invites you to take a guided tour of the sustainability projects at its School of Applied Technology at 11 a.m., 2530 River Road in Wellsville. Participants will be guided through a zero-energy home, renewable energy installations, and a constructed wetland which filters contaminants from the water.

Festivities on Saturday will kick off with a tree planting at 8:45 a.m. at Andover Central School. This event is sponsored by the Upper Genesee chapter of Trout Unlimited; bring gloves and boots.

In conjunction with Hot Dog Day on Saturday, April 26, activities will include a table to recruit new gardeners for the Alfred Community Garden, hands-on seed planting for children, and the sale of tofu dogs by the Hillel Club.

In addition, volunteers are needed to help collect recyclables generated by Hot Dog Day on Sunday, April 27. There will be two shifts: Shift 1 starts at 8 a.m. in the parking lot of Community Bank on Main Street. Please sign up for this shift in advance at Shift 2 is at 12:30 p.m., meeting in front of Alfred University’s Kanakadea Hall. Garbage bags and plastic gloves will be provided for both shifts; wear clothing that can get dirty.