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'Celebration Earth: 2009' packs April with Earth Day events at Connecticut College

NEW LONDON, Conn. - This April, Connecticut College is cranking Earth Day up a notch with a month's worth of events aimed at promoting sustainability, conservation and awareness.

"Celebration Earth: 2009" will take on everything from water scarcity-derived violence to landing a "green" job. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise notes and take place on the Connecticut College campus.

  • "Water Scarcity and Conflict," a conference examining the root causes of world conflict over water, Friday April 3, noon to 9 p.m. and Saturday April 4, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Evans Hall, Cummings Arts Center. The cost of the conference is $60 for the general public and $25 for students. For more information and to register, visit, call 860-439-5417 or e-mail
  • "Water Use and Abuse: Innovations in Conservation," a lecture by Amy Vickers, president, Amy Vickers & Associates Inc., an international consulting practice specializing in water conservation, April 3, 7:30 p.m., Ernst Common Room, Blaustein Humanities Center.
  • "Earth Fest!" with a native plant sale, nature crafts for children, vendors and more than 25 educational displays and activities from Sprout! (Connecticut College organic gardening club), Sierra Club, Planet ZeroGravity, Reforest the Tropics, Save the Sound, Connecticut College Arboretum, and others. Local and organic food from La Belle Aurore and fair trade drinks from Blue Camel Café. Music from Geoff Kaufman's "Songs of the Earth," and swing dancing demonstration and lesson from Shoreline Swing. April 18, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Jean C. Tempel Green. Rain date April 19.
  • "Localvore Dinner," Dining Services and Sprout! present a menu of yummy, local and earth-conscious choices. April 22, 4:30 - 7:30 p.m., Harris Dining Hall. $11.75 all you can eat.
  • "Green Career Fair." Learn about environmental jobs, careers and graduate programs and organization representatives through panel presentations, discussions and displays, April 23, 1 - 4 p.m., Student Center at Crozier Williams, 1941 Room. Free.

"Water Scarcity and Conflict" is sponsored by The Goodwin-Niering Center for Conservation Biology and Environmental Studies and co-sponsored by the Andrew Mellon Foundation, the Elizabeth Babbott Conant Symposium Fund, the Marjorie Dilley Lecture Fund, the Jean Thomas Lambert Environmental Lecture Fund, the Beaver Brook Foundation, the Connecticut Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, the Connecticut Institute of Water Resources and Rivers Alliance of Connecticut.

About Connecticut College

Situated on the coast of southern New England, Connecticut College is a highly selective private liberal arts college with 1900 students from all across the country and throughout the world. On the college's 750-acre arboretum campus overlooking Long Island Sound, students and faculty create a vibrant social, cultural and intellectual community enriched by diverse perspectives. The college, founded in 1911, is known for its unique combination of interdisciplinary studies, international programs, funded internships, student-faculty research and service learning.

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March 26, 2009