ECO Club to celebrate Earth Day with book sale, live music, giveaways

The Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Environmentally Conscious Organization Club will host Earth Day activities from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday in the Oak Grove.

With a rain date of Thursday, the free event is open to the IUP and Indiana community. The event will feature eco-friendly activities sponsored by IUP organizations and local businesses.

Activities include a used book sale, a mineral sale, a plant giveaway, live music, free giveaways and more.

The used book sale will be sponsored by IUP’s Stabley/Stapleton Library, which is providing donated books, according to ECO Club faculty adviser and anthropology professor Dr. Amanda Poole.

The mineral sale will be conducted by IUP’s Geology Club, and plants in the giveaway will be handed out by IUP’s Biology Club and Student Government Association, according to ECO Club President Victoria Stone (junior, geography and regional planning).

Music performances will be partially powered by bicycles with equipment loaned by the Evergreen Conservancy, which sponsors bike-powered bands, according to Poole.

Live music will include bands such as Moses and Meg and Painted by Millions!! as well as artists such as Alyssa Hankey (junior, art), Phillip Lien (junior, marketing), Brendan Cope (junior, English), Logan Wojcik (senior, philosophy), Doug Kallin (senior, music) and Gabe Wolford.

Many different people and organizations get involved with Earth Day each year, including Boost Alcohol Consciousness Concerning the Health of University Students; Strategies for Ecology Education, Diversity and Sustainability and others who “care about sustainability,” Poole said.

The collaboration between the ECO Club and the Evergreen Conservancy is an “example of positive partnership between students and community environmental organizations,” Poole said.

“Earth Day was almost entirely all [the effort of the] students,” Poole said. “They are doing this because they care. They are a group of really fantastic, motivated students.”

The mission of the ECO Club is to “increase public awareness of environmental problems and to encourage active involvement to solve these problems,” according to the IUP ECO Web page.

Poole described the club as a “student organization learning about and being active in environmental issues on campus in the community.”