Santa Monica College is celebrating Earth Week with a wide range of activities, including a festival with a sustainable transportation theme and community beach cleanup.

SMC is becoming increasingly known for its sustainable practices. Specifically, the college has been cited for its Center for Environmental and Urban Studies; its partnership with the non-profit Sustainable Works; its leadership in recycling; and its “Any Line, Any Time” program that offers free transportation to all students, faculty and staff on Big Blue Bus lines, a college spokesperson said.

SMC was named a winner of Santa Monica’s 2009 Sustainable Quality Awards for its progressive environmental practices and programs that range from education to recycling to transportation.

Among the Earth Week events at SMC are:

  • Thursday, April 26 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Earth Day Festival/Sustainable Transportation Celebration, with its theme of bicycles and alternative transportation. The festival will feature eco-themed music and art, free food, an eco-friendly art tent, and raffle. Santa Monica City Manager Ron Gould and SMC President Dr. Chui L. Tsang will end the event with a presentation on the SMC-Big Blue Bus “Any Line, Any Time” program. The Quad.
  • Friday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Community bus ride and beach cleanup with Heal the Bay. Volunteers will meet at the SMC Center for Environmental and Urban Studies and take the bus to the cleanup site.

    The events are free and open to the public.

    Information, www.smc.edu/earthweek, or (310) 434-3909.

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