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Susquehanna University to Hold “Greening Your Home” Workshops

April 17, 2009

SELINSGROVE, Pa. – A series of “Greening Your Home” workshops will be held at Susquehanna University on April 25, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in Meeting Rooms 2 and 3 of Susquehanna’s Charles B. Degenstein Campus Center. The workshops are free and open to the public.

The first session, from 10 to 11 a.m., will be a composting workshop presented by a master gardener from the Pennsylvania State University cooperative extension service. At 11 a.m., Carolyn Talmadge, a senior majoring in earth and environmental sciences at Susquehanna, will discuss how to reduce home energy use. Sophomore Melissa Hartley, also studying earth and environmental sciences, will share ways to recycle just about anything at 11:15 a.m. At 11:30 a.m., Andy Kilmer, a sophomore majoring in ecology, will reveal where to find the freshest local foods. Sophomore Michelle Siegel will talk about solar electricity at 11:45 a.m. The last presentation, at noon, will feature sophomore Lauren Cullen on green cleaning and personal care products.

“People often tell me that they'd like to do ‘something’ to help preserve our environment but just aren't sure what that ‘something’ should be,” said Kathy Straub, associate professor of geology and environmental science at Susquehanna, and organizer of the event. “Our workshop will provide lots of ideas that will help local citizens not only to lead greener lives, but also help them save money by lowering their electricity, fuel and trash bills.”

Attendees will receive a 10 percent discount on lunch at Emma’s Food for Life, 11 S. Market St., Selinsgrove, following the event. Those who plan to attend the lunch should RSVP to Kathy Straub at 570-372-4318 or straubk@susqu.edu.

Founded in 1858, Susquehanna University is a national liberal arts college that prepares students for achievement, leadership and service in a diverse, interconnected world. Academic excellence, study away and service learning, student-faculty collaboration, and rich opportunities for creative and personal growth are hallmarks of a Susquehanna University education. Susquehanna students come from 30 states and 12 countries, and more than 90 percent of them find jobs or pursue graduate study within six months of graduation. The university is located in central Pennsylvania, in the town of Selinsgrove, along the banks of the scenic Susquehanna River and about three hours from major East Coast cultural, financial and recreational centers. For more information, visit www.susqu.edu.

Contact: Karen Jones

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