5K, garage sale, electronics recycling, and alternative energy demos and speakers featured April 18


Adams State College and the City of Alamosa are cosponsoring an electronics recycling service from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, April 18, in the Rex Field parking lot, located west of the Student Union Building. Cost is determined by size and type of electronic.

Other EARTH Week events for April 18 include a very fun 5K at 8:30 a.m. All participants are eligible for a prize drawing, and will receive breakfast and an EARTH Week t-shirt. Cost is $5, and registration will be from 7:45 a.m. until 8:15 on the east lawn of the Rex Activity Center.

A reduce/reuse/recycle garage sale is from 8 a.m. until noon on the west side of the Student Union Building, and solar demonstrations and speakers start at 10 a.m..

Alternative energy speakers

Alternative energy continues to attract attention. Mathew Ricci, Regional Construction Manager at SunEdison; and Ben Doon, Costilla County Biodiesel Pilot Project Manager; will address alternative energy during EARTH Week at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., respectively, Saturday, April 18, in Carson Auditorium, located in the Student Union Building.

According to Doon, the Biodiesel project started as an economic stimulus idea in 2002 by then Costilla County Commissioner Joe Gallegos. Production of biodiesel began in 2006.  Doon received a master's degree from Colorado University, Boulder in 1998 and has lived in San Luis since that time.

Ricci specializes in commercial building, industrial refinery and renewable energy construction projects. He has recently completed the City of Rifle 2.3 megawatt Photovoltaic (PV) Solar System , City of Alamosa 595.8 kilowatt Water Treatment Plant PV system and the Alamosa/Mosca Central Site 8.2 megawatt PV System. He has over 20 million watts of installed Photovoltaic experience and managed commercial/industrial building projects worth over 500 million dollars. He lives in Monument, Colo. and can be reached at mricci@sunedison.com.

Following the talks will be a brief presentation from a representative of Trane, addressing Adams State's energy efficient measures.

For more information, call 719-587-7262 or 719-587-7827 or EARTH.

By Linda Relyea