Naropa University Announces the Grand Opening of the William D. Jones Community Greenhouse on Earth Day, April 22, 2009

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Earth Day Grand Opening of Greenhouse- University Students Initiate Campus-wide Sustainability Project

Growing Strong Communities: Lessons from the Naropa Greenhouse

Boulder, Colo. -- Naropa University will celebrate Earth Day 2009 with the Grand Opening of the William D. Jones Community Greenhouse on Wednesday, April 22 at noon at the Naropa Performing Arts Center, 2130 Arapahoe, Boulder.

Naropa's Earth Day celebration, a free public event, will begin with a presentation, "Growing Strong Communities: Lessons from the Naropa Greenhouse" by special guest Robert Martin, former National Ombudsman for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Chief Public Advocate of National Environmental Public Advocates, a Boulder-based nonprofit organization.

The Naropa University Greenhouse Project was initiated by eight students in the fall 2006 Advanced Applied Horticulture class who envisioned a campus that could exemplify alternative food production methods. One of the cofounders, a graduate of the B.A. Environmental Studies program, Leigh Burbank Rovegno says, "We envisioned that the Greenhouse Project would bring a new light to the Environmental Studies department. It will provide hands-on learning for students interested in growing their own food for a more sustainable future. It's great that the project was a community effort involving students, faculty, staff, as well as Boulder community members."

Local businesses and foundations made gifts to support the Greenhouse Project. Major donors include Dean Witter Foundation; Bryan Bowen Architects, P.C., The Lotus Fund, Community Foundation; The Woloson Family Foundation, and Namasté Solar. The Greenhouse Project builds on Naropa's long-standing commitment to environmental sustainability with a campus-wide program that includes recycling, alternative transportation and wind energy. For more information please go to http://www.naropa.edu.

Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Naropa University is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian liberal arts institution dedicated to advancing contemplative education. This approach to learning integrates the best of Eastern and Western educational traditions, helping students know themselves more deeply and engage constructively with others. The university comprises a four-year undergraduate college and graduate programs in the arts, education, environmental leadership, psychology and religious studies.

Naropa University
Sue Seecof
Publicist, Marketing and Communications
720-878-2696

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