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SMU community embraces Earth Day


The following is from the April 20, 2012, edition of The Daily Campus.

SMU & Earth Day Dallas

Earth Day Dallas 2012

SMU will be joining the celebration at Earth Day Dallas 2012 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Fair Park.

Admission is free for hundreds of exhibits, vendors and live music at the band shell, including headliner Amos Lee at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

Look for SMU's booths, hosted by the SMU Sustainabiity Committee and the Lyle School of Engineering, on Grand Avenue in front of the Hall of State Building.

Also look structures from SMU's Living Village, including Harvey Lacey's Ubuntu Blox house — constructed from recycled plastic bottles and styrofoam waste.

See the schedule of Earth Day events in the Dallas area. Read more about Earth Day Dallas 2012, or about national Earth Day.

Ubuntu Blox House
Harvey House being constructed from recycled materials at SMU's Living Village during Engineering and Humanity Week.
Following a Hunt Institute presentation by Kenyan architect Ronald Omyonga in 2010, Texas inventor Harvey Lacey began mulling an idea for housing the extreme poor. Within six months, Harvey, a metal worker from the Dallas suburb of Wylie, invented Ubuntu-Blox, small bricks of plastic refuse — some made of discarded water bottles, others of Styrofoam and plastic film — bound like miniature hay bales and covered with mud and stucco.

April 20, 2012

By Katie Godbold
The Daily Campus

As Earth Day quickly approaches, members of the Earth Day Dallas team are working diligently to guarantee this year’s celebration runs smoothly.
At the 2012 Earth Day Dallas festival at Fair Park on April 21 and 22, attendees can expect to dance to live music, attend workshops about environmentally friendly living, practice yoga, watch award-winning films, and listen to special guests, including former first lady Laura Bush.
The Earth Day Dallas team is anticipating more than 78,000 visitors, including guests from approximately 30 schools and universities, and more than 500 exhibitors over the course of the two-day festival. . .

Earth Day Dallas started in September of 2010 when Trammel S. Crow took it upon himself to make the celebration in Dallas a big one. The 2011 Earth Day Dallas festival was held in the Dallas Arts District. Fair Park was chosen as the location this year in order to host a much bigger crowd, more exhibitors and  more activities. 
Dallas’ celebration stands out from other cities’ efforts because of Crow’s vision, Tice said. Crow wanted the festival to be an educational experience that will change the way North Texans act towards the environment. . .

Andrew Quicksall, the director of the Southern Methodist University’s Sustainability Masters program . . . said, “I think that [Earth Day] was hugely popular in 1970, and it kind of had a down swing, but every time we come up on an anniversary it peaks again.”

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