Department of Chemistry and Industrial Hygiene hosts Earth Day celebration

The Department of Chemistry and Industrial Hygiene hosted Chemists Rock Earth Day 2012 April 20, an event geared toward raising awareness about Earth Day and the benefits of recycling. The event was held at the amphitheater from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and featured performances by several musical acts. There was a large turnout among UNA students at the event.

“We’re trying to raise some awareness for Earth Day,” said UNA student Ethan Cagle, a professional chemistry major. “Free food is always a good thing, right? We have the Bluebirds, McKenzie Lockhart, Dillon Hodges, and Cheap Thrill DeVille performing today. The event was organized by UNA’s student chapter of the American Chemical Society.”

Dr. Cameron Gren, UNA professor of chemistry, emphasized the aspect of raising awareness.

“We’re just trying to raise awareness of what people can do to recycle, especially with the curbside pickups in Florence,” he said. “We’re trying to get people to recycle by giving them music and free food.”

UNA student Josh Newell said he enjoyed the event.

“I think it’s a great opportunity to see how important the earth is and what we’ve been given,” he said. “Free food is always a bonus. It’s great to do something to raise awareness about it.”