Want to celebrate Earth Day 2016? UofL students, faculty and staff have plenty of options:

April 15 to May 2 – Collection bins will be set up in the lobbies of all UofL residence halls for students to donate unwanted items as the school year nears its end: Clothing, shoes, accessories, linens, appliances, lamps, electronics, décor, rugs, schools supplies, bags, toiletries, cleaning supplies and non-perishable food items will be accepted. Food items will be donated to St. Vincent de Paul; all other items will be donated to Goodwill.

April 20 – Sustainable Gardening Workshop, 2 to 3 p.m. Learn how to grow and maintain a sustainable garden from Justin Mog, UofL assistant to the provost for sustainability initiatives. Also on hand will be The Food Literacy Project with their Truck Farm, a mobile demonstration garden. Garden Commons, located behind the Cultural Center, features raised-bed and in-ground bed gardens, a small orchard, berry bushes, an herb spiral, compost bins, a greenhouse, a Hugelkultur mound and rain collection barrels.

April 22 – Lighten Your Load (on the Earth) Free Swap, Red Barn, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Help UofL achieve our goal of zero waste for Move-Out 2016. Donate or take items at this annual event. Anything not claimed at the end of the event is donated to Goodwill. Event includes free food and a DJ.

April 17 and 24 – UofL Community Composting Volunteer Days, noon to 1 p.m., 200 block of E. Bloom St. Help out at UofL’s community composting operation.

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Janet Cappiello covers the College of Business, the J.B. Speed School of Engineering, the College of Education and Human Development, the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies, Sustainability Council and military initiatives for the Office of Communications and Marketing. She has more than 30 years’ experience in journalism, including working for The Associated Press and magazines such as Vegetarian Times and Sustainability: The Journal of Record. She has been at UofL since March 2014.