SEA hosts events orbiting Earth Day all week

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Illustration by Estefania B. Alonso

Volunteers will encourage recycling at Battle of Flowers Parade.

By Travis Doyle

The Students for Environmental Awareness, known as SEA, will have events and opportunities to volunteer Monday through Saturday in observation of Earth Day on Wednesday.

At 6 p.m. Monday in Sinkin EcoCentro, 1802 N. Main Ave., SEA will show the documentary “Growing Cities” by Dan Susman, which examines the role of urban farming in America.

The student organization often works closely with EcoCentro.

“We want to bring people to EcoCentro for people to get to know the building and see the awesome classroom we have, and how we can accommodate students and show a movie there,” said Lisa Cervantes, environmental science sophomore and president of SEA.

“The documentary is about a film crew that goes around the U.S. learning about different urban farming in America,” Cervantes said. “It will show different examples of communities coming together to grow food in urban environments.”

On Tuesday from 6-8 p.m., the group will have a park cleanup at San Pedro Springs Park.

Anybody is welcome to come by the EcoCentro building at 6 p.m. to sign in and earn two volunteer hours by helping SEA clean up the park.

At 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, SEA will have a booth at Funfest in the mall.

The organization is selling aguas frescas, aloe vera, peppers, tomatoes and other plants at their booth. They are giving reusable bags to students who turn in two recyclable items such as glass, plastic and cardboard.

There is another booth giving away an Amazon Kindle to the winner of a recycling photo contest on their Facebook page.

Wednesday also marks the one-year anniversary of EcoCentro.

The organization is holding an evening event for the anniversary in the building where SEA will give a tour and a presentation.

The event is from 4-7 p.m. in EcoCentro.

On Thursday at 4 p.m., a garden bike ride is scheduled in which participants will ride to community gardens, such as those in Beacon Hill. Participants should bring gardening tools.

Participants will meet at EcoCentro.

Friday and Saturday will be volunteer days.

Up to 20 volunteers are needed per event.

Volunteers will pick up recyclables and encourage recycling by passing out bags to spectators at the Battle of the Flowers parade and King William Fair.

On Friday at 1 p.m., volunteers will meet at EcoCentro to go downtown to the parade.

The shift for the event will be 1:30-4:30 p.m.

After the event, volunteers will go back to EcoCentro to get a service letter and have a meal with the staff and other volunteers.

Saturday at noon, volunteers will meet at EcoCentro to go to the King William Fair to help increase recycling efforts.

For more information, visit the Students for Environmental Awareness page at


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