Cal Poly Pomona's Earth Day Festivities On Through Saturday

Cal Poly Pomona's Earth Day Festivities On Through Saturday
Elizabeth Contreras paints her sunflower pot during Earth Day festivities at the Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies.

As Cal Poly Pomona's Earth Day Celebration draws near more events and services have been added to the lineup.

There will be many ways to learn quick and easy ways to live an environment-friendly lifestyle at the Earth Day Celebration from April 19 – 21. This family affair will feature a wide range of activities such as a circus and clown show, film screening and live music performances. Entrance and parking are free.

New additions to the festivities include a light bulb exchange at various locations and times and a workshop by a renowned ethnobotanist.

Two free music concerts are scheduled on Friday, April 20, featuring the modern folk band Sugar Mountain Mama Serenade at 5 p.m. and the reggae/rock group Strive Roots at 6 p.m. Earth Day events will conclude with 45-minute workshops that cover topics such as herbal medicine, biodiesel fuel and organic gardening.

The celebration serves not only as a fun, family-friendly activity but provides a venue for the community to learn about keeping a clean and healthy environment.

This year's festivities are hosted by the John T. Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies, the College of Environmental Design, and Cal Poly Pomona student club the Green Team.

The Lyle Center is located across the street from the main campus at 4105 W. University Dr. in Pomona. For more information, call the Lyle Center at (909) 869-5155.

Thursday, April 19, in University Park

  • Noon- Panel discussion on local food movements                   
  • Noon – Green Campus Program light bulb exchange. Bring an incandescent light bulb and get a compact florescent lamp (CFL).    
  • 6 p.m. – Opening ceremony dance performed by members of the Costanoan Rumsen Carmel Tribe                         
  • 7 p.m. – Screening of An Inconvenient Truth, the Oscar-winning documentary about global warming, followed by a discussion.      

Friday, April 20, at the John T. Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies

  • 1 p.m. – Food and demonstrations available       
  • 1 p.m. – Green Campus Program light bulb exchange, through 6 p.m.       
  • 3 p.m. – Keynote Speaker: Charlene Teters, Hugh O. La Bounty Endowed Chair of Interdisciplinary Knowledge       
  • 4 p.m. – Circus and clown show       
  • 5 p.m. – Sugar Mountain Mama Serenade Concert: The dynamic six-piece all women group is recognized for their unique sound and style. Based out of Claremont, the band will perform a medley of modern folk songs.       
  • 6 p.m. – Strive Roots: With a free uncensored writing style, this reggae/rock band has created a different musical sound. The band has gained attention from publications such as People Magazine, the San Diego Reader and Los Angeles Times.       

Saturday, April 21, at the John T. Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies

(45 minute workshops scheduled between 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

  • Ethnobotany Workshop: Peter Gail, who has been studying how some ethnic groups use backyard weeds for food and medicine for the last 43 years, will host a workshop. He founded Goosefoot Acres Center for Resourceful Living. Good Morning America called him “The Wizard of Weeds”; USA Today dubbed him “The King of Dandelions.”      
  • Herbal Medicine Workshop: Discover how to make medicine from plants found at the John T. Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies.      
  • Papercrete Workshop: This hands-on experience will cover the basics of papercrete, an alternative building material composed of waste paper and cement, by teaching participants how to make their own.      
  • Organic Gardening Workshop: Learn the science of this environment-friendly gardening technique.      
  • Composting Workshop: Discover fun and easy ways to turn kitchen and yard waste into valuable soil alterations.      
  • Veganism Workshop: Uncover the principles of a vegan lifestyle.      
  • Papermaking Workshop: Participants will discover how to make paper out of recycled paper pulp.      
  • Biodiesel Workshop: Learn how to make your own fuel out of vegetable oil and transform your diesel-powered car.      

Note: The Green Campus Program light bulb exchange will also take place Saturday from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Lyle Center, and April 24 and April 26 from noon until 1 p.m. in University Park.