Earth Week Celebration begins April 18


(Release: April 12, 2011) - HCC's annual Earth Week Celebration begins Mon., April 18 and runs through Earth Day, Fri., April 22. A variety of campus activities and cleanup activities will be held throughout the week. The Science Club will also be sponsoring additional activities on Sun., April 17 and Sat., April 23.

All Week Activities

Mon., April 18 - Fri., April 22

Campus Recylcing Drive
The HCC Science Club is sponsoring a campus-wide recycling drive during Earth Week, April 18 through April 22 to see how much can be recycled in one week. Follow the blue and green arrows in each building to locate the recycling bins. Contents of the recycling bins will be placed in outdoor cages located in front of the Student Center, the ARCC, and the Career Programs Building so that everyone on campus can see all the plastic, aluminum, and glass that has been saved from the landfill.

Earth Day Poster Display
Earth Day posters will be on display in the Science Building from April 18 through April 22. The posters were created by students in Ellen Smith's graphic design classes.

Activities by day

Sun., April 17

Smithsonian National Zoo Field Trip
Travel with the Science Club to the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington D.C. This event is free and is open to all students but advance registration is required. To sign-up, email Mylynh Nguyen at College transportation will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. A college van will leave from Parking Lot K3 at 12:30 p.m.

Tues., April 19

Go Green Expo
Congressman Roscoe Bartlett, in conjunction with Hagerstown Community College and the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission, will host the Western Maryland Go Green Expo on Tues., April 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the ARCC at HCC.
The Go Green Expo is free and open to the public. Homeowners, small business owners, and students are encouraged to attend to discover ways to save money, use less energy, go “green” on any size budget, and get training in the growing fields of wind, solar, and geothermal technologies.
Advance registration is recommended, as space is limited. To register or learn more, visit or call 1-888-297-8006.

"No Impact Man" Showing
Come to the Science Building, room 117, to watch a free showing of "No Impact Man," a documentary that follows  a Manhattan-based family that decides to abandon their high consumption lifestyle and try to make it one year with no net environmental impact.

This event is free and is open to all students. Light refreshments will be served.

Wed., April 20

MD-64 Cleanup
Join members of the Science Club and the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society as they clean up MD-64. HCC's adopted portion of the highway is only minutes away from the college campus. Students will meet in the Science Building, room 106, to watch a brief safety video and to distribute supplies. Students will leave from campus via carpool.

To sign up, email

Thurs., April 21

Campus Cleanup
Volunteers are needed to help pick up litter and trash from HCC's lawns, parking lots, and roads. Stop by the Student Center between 2:30 and 4 p.m. to pick up gloves and trash bags. Volunteers will be assigned to teams in an effort to cover as much of the campus as possible. A sweet treat will be available to all who volunteer.

Fri., April 22 (Earth Day)

Campus Pride Day
The annual Campus Pride Day will be held on Fri., April 22 (Earth Day). Volunteers are needed to help beautify the HCC campus by weeding, mulching, and planting flowers and trees. No prior gardening experience is required.

Volunteers are asked to sign-up for one of two shifts. The first shift will run from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and the second shift will run from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Volunteers will receive a complimentary t-shirt and a free lunch for participating.

To sign-up, email

Earth Day Celebration
HCC will hold its third annual Earth Day Celebration at the fountain in front of the Career Programs Building on Fri., April 22. The presentation will begin at 12 noon. Speakers include HCC President Dr. Guy Altieri and a student member of the Science Club. Adjunct instructors Jennie Avila and Steve Wright will perform. Avila will sing and play the guitar and Wright will play the ceramic drums.

For more information, contact Irene Young at

Hagerstown City Park Cleanup
Join the Science Club and HCC's new TRiO Program as members and students help clean-up Hagerstown City Park. Trash bags and gloves will be provided. Students will leave from campus via carpool and are asked to meet in Parking Lot K3 at 1:30 p.m.

To sign up, email

Sat., April 23

Maryland Heights Hike
Join the Science Club for a hike to Maryland Heights. Enjoy fantastic views of Harper's Ferry, the Potomac River, and the Shenandoah River. The trail is just over four miles and is considered moderately challenging. College transportation will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. A college van will leave from Parking Lot K3 at 10 a.m.

To sign-up, email