Earth Day is Tuesday, April 22.
Here are some of the ways you can help do your part to lead a more environmentally friendly lifestyle…
A great Web site: www.earth911.org has a “find a recycling center” search engine in which you can type in your zip code to find places to recycle used electronics, compact fluorescent light bulbs, paint, batteries and more.
Another cool Web site: http://green.yahoo.com/earth-day has information about Freecycle and other reuse groups. Freecycle, which has members in Linn County, Iowa City and many other areas in Iowa and throughout the world, is an excellent place to find someone who will want your old couch or books and just about anything else, to keep your unwanted items from going to the landfill.
Earth Day events planned in Eastern Iowa include:
* Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, 11 a.m. Tuesday, Kirkwood’s Energy/Environmental manager, Melissa Jensen, will speak in 234 Cedar Hall about Kirkwood’s “Green Campus” and future plans. A tour of the green campus will follow, including the new Ag Science/Horticulture building, prairie restoration area and new academic building. The tour will end with a local-theme meal in Kirkwood’s new Center for Continuing Education. Register online for the “Earth Day: Green Tour/Locally Grown Meal CGLE-540-SLI01” at www.kirkwood.edu/ce or by phone at (319) 398-1022 or 1-(800) 332-8833.
* “Earthapalooza,” Iowa City’s Earth Day Extravaganza, 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Iowa City Public Library, 123 S. Linn St. The Iowa Global Warming Campaign, Sierra Club and I-Renew are hosting the free event, which includes a 6:45 p.m. showing of the documentary, “Global Warming: the Signs and the Science,” followed by a discussion.
* Great American Cleanup, 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 26. Coordinated by the Cedar Rapids/Linn County Solid Waste Agency, participants will help clean Interstate 380; county roadways, trails and downtown riverfront. Register by Wednesday at www.litterfreelinncounty.org or call Stacie Johnson at (319) 377-5290.