This week is Earth Week!

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Spring is finally in the air–the sun’s out, the Main Green is actually green, and people are talking about the great weather we’ve been having instead of living in perpetual fear of more snow. Basically, it’s time to get outside and celebrate the wonderful planet we inhabit.

In that spirit, Brown’s annual Earth Week is happening from April 20th to April 26th. The week is jam-packed with a ton of fun and exciting events, so make sure to check them out! The full schedule for the week is below:

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There are so many events happening that everyone (even you!) has an opportunity to take some time to give back to our planet. And, of course, outside of the events, this week provides the perfect backdrop for taking the initiative to be more eco-friendly. Whether it’s going on the Blackstone Bike Ride, taking a shorter shower, or going to the Earth Day Dinner, join campus by getting in the green spirit and celebrating Earth Week 2015!

Images via Paul Wojtal.


Fifth annual Brown Unplugged competition begins Sunday

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Sunday marks the beginning of this year’s Brown Unplugged competition, an annual energy competition that pits dorms against each other to see which community can reduce its energy consumption by the greatest percentage. Now in its fifth year, the competition will run for three weeks, through March 21st. Last year, with 750 registered participants, Brown saved over 34,000 kWh of electricity during this period, amounting to $4,448 in savings. When the competition begins, energy stats and progress for the different buildings can be tracked on BuildingDashboard.

Brown EcoReps, a student group aiming to raise environmental awareness and sustainable living habits, is encouraging participation through incentives, prizes, and additional events during the competition, including LED lightbulb exchanges in the Blue Room every Friday during the event, as well as their second dodgeball competition. To encourage intra-dorm competition, the participants of the winning dorm will be awarded a pizza party and will be entered in a raffle to win prizes including Spring Weekend tickets.

Commit to conserve here.

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This week is Earth Week

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Today marked the beginning of a week-long effort to raise awareness about the environment in honor of Earth Day. There will be events all week long that will focus on such topics as water access, food sustainability, and carbon emissions. You might have noticed a 32-foot-tall balloon on the Main Green today. This balloon represented one ton of carbon dioxide. Through the Divest Coal and Do It In The Dark campaigns, Brown actually reduced its CO2 emissions by 5 tons, enough balloons to fill up a substantial part of the Main Green. Read after the jump to embrace your inner tree-hugger and see what events are lined up for the week.

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