Community gardeningSMU observes 2008 Earth Week April 14-22 with events and activities ranging from residence hall recycling competitions to student leadership training.

Campus sustainability activist Rachel Barge will offer a training session for student environmental leaders 5-7 p.m. April 16 in 153 Heroy Hall. As an undergraduate at the University of California-Berkeley, Barge co-created The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF), a student fee program that raises $200,000 annually for Berkeley campus sustainability projects including clean energy and transportation, energy efficiency, water conservation, and recycling and composting programs.

The University will participate in two public outreach events 8 a.m.-noon April 19. They include a tree planting at Richland College‘s TXU Urban Tree Farm, 12800 Abrams Rd., and a clean-up excursion on White Rock Lake, 1152 N. Buckner Blvd.

On Earth Day, April 22, Vice President for Student Affairs Christine Casey will speak about SMU’s earth-friendly policies and plans, followed by a Q&A session, 12:15-1 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Commons.