* Purdue Student Union Board

April 19, 2007

Earth Day event to put spotlight on environment

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University students and community members can participate in activities related to the environment during an Earth Day event on Monday (April 23).

The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Purdue Memorial Union front lawn and will include activities such as plant potting and making paper and Earth Day buttons. Participants also will have the chance to make pledges about what they will do to help the environment. All activities are free and open to the public.

"The Earth Day celebration is an opportunity for students and the community to learn more about the environment through fun, short activities," said Matt Klutzke, Purdue Student Union Board event project leader. "Students are free to participate in these activities between classes or in their free time throughout the day."

Several organizations will have booths at the event, including Pugwash, the Meditation Club, St. Thomas Aquinas Center's Haiti Mission Committee, the American Chemical Society, Sierra Club and the Environmental Science Club.

The Purdue Student Union Board sponsors the annual event.

Writer: Christy Jones, (765) 494-1089,

Sources: Matt Klutzke, (765) 494-8976,

Shannon Drew, Purdue Student Union Board director of ideas and issues, (765) 494-8976,

Beth Riedeman, Purdue Student Union Board adviser, (765) 494-8980,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

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