The third annual UNM Sustainability Expo is Thursday, April 21 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Cornell Mall. The annual Earth Day-inspired event features an alternative transportation fair, a UNM Police Department bicycle auction, the Lobo Grower's Market where people can acquire fresh and local vegetables and fruit, music and many other displays and booths focused on promoting initiatives that relate to the general concept of environmental sustainability.

"The Sustainability Expo is an opportunity to engage UNM and the community in current initiatives on and off campus that exist not only to improve the quality of our lives now, but for future generations as well," said Danielle Gilliam, one of the event's coordinators. "It is exciting and inspiring to see what UNM students, staff, and faculty, as well as community members are doing to make better use of the resources we have available to us and demonstrates how we embrace sustainability as a core value here on campus."

A variety of events are slated across UNM's campus. The UNM Uni­ver­sity Libraries will host "State of the Organic Union: The Present and Future for Small Farms," a lec­ture by Monte "Farmer Monte" Skars­gard, on Thurs­day, April 21, at 1 p.m. in Zim­mer­man Library's Willard Read­ing Room. Farmer Monte is the founder and CFO of Los Poblanos Organ­ics, a local Com­mu­nity Sup­ported Agriculture.

An Albu­querque native, Farmer Monte broke ground on two acres in the North Val­ley in 2003, and served 42 mem­bers that year.Today, Los Poblanos Organ­ics farms 40 acres in four loca­tions through­out New Mex­ico, and deliv­ers organic pro­duce to 2,000 families. Farmer Monte will give a lec­ture and pre­sen­ta­tion for the stu­dents of UNM. A recep­tion will fol­low. For more infor­ma­tion con­tact

UNM Recycling is collecting trash from the dorms for one day and will sort through it on Thursday, April 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in an exhibit on Cornell Mall near the Center for the Arts. Recycling is working with students to determine how much students throw away that could be recycled. For more information contact Linda McCormick at

The Writing Across Communities Alliance hosts an Earth Day conference Friday, April 22 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the Lobo and Fiesta rooms at the SUB. Delving into a broad range of practical and theoretical issues focused on environmentalism and environmental science today, presentations from American Studies, English, Philosophy, ARTS Lab, Economics and Architecture and Planning, among others are featured. For more on this conference visit: Earth Day Conference Explores ‘Constructing Space(s)'.

The UNM Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences will host two Earth Day lectures by Caswell Silver Distinguished Lecture Marcia McNutt, director, U.S. Geological Survey. The first lecture, titled "Lessons from Japan: Advancing Earthquake Awareness," will be Thursday, April 21 at 3:30 p.m. A reception will be held following the lecture in the Silver Family Geology Museum. On Friday, April 22, McNutt will give a lecture titled, USGS Science in the Gulf: The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill at 2 p.m. Both lectures will be held in Northrop Hall room 122. For more information visit: USGS Director to Present Two Earth Day Lectures

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