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Earth Day Summit to feature speakers, tree planting

The DU Environmental Team, in partnership with the Undergraduate Student Government Sustainability Committee and the Sturm College of Law Natural Resources and Environmental Law Society will hold its fifth annual Earth Day Summit April 25 in the Ricketson Law Building.

Keynote speaker Travis Smith (MBA ’13), owner and head chef at the Evergreen restaurant Bistro Colorado, will speak about his experience with sustainable and locally produced food. A second keynote speaker, Coeylen Barry, founder of curriculum development company Createdu, will focus on creative thinking and action. This summit will conclude with a tree planting on the Chester Alter Arboretum.

“We’re very lucky to have these speakers come in and suggest to people what they can do and how to get involved,” says Kaela Martins, a sophomore environmental science major and vice president of the DU Environmental Team.

Environmental advocacy organizations Conservation Colorado and Environment Colorado will lead breakout sessions.

“It’s going to be very educational, of course, but we want it to be really engaging and active as well,” Martins says. “These organizations will be showing people how to apply skills in their own lives.”

The event is open to the public; breakfast and lunch are provided, and registration is free. Check-in begins at 9:30 a.m. The summit ends at 2 p.m., followed by the Arbor Day Tree Planting Ceremony.

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