earthNext week might be jealous, considering this week is getting all the attention. This week is not only Earth Week, but Genocide Awareness Week.

To help us fix our somewhat neglected relationship with Mother Earth, the ASUC Sustainability Team is hosting a variety of events in order to educate people on how they can incorporate sustainability into their life. Thursday from 12:00-4:00 p.m. there will be a green expo in Lower Sproul Plaza in addition to an eco-fashion show from 12:00-1:00 p.m. The full list of events can be found here.

On a much more somber note, the Armenian Student Association has a series of events this week commemorating the Armenian genocide and other such violent occurrences. Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in Wheeler Auditorium there will be an Element concert and on Friday at 12:00 p.m. will be United Hands Across Cal. A more complete listing can be found here.

At the very least, these events are good enough causes that you can use them to justify your procrastination on all those final papers you need to turn in.

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STeam Earth Week [Site]
UC Berkeley Armenian Student Association [Site]

Green greeny green green! Monday was the fifth annual Sustainability Summit, organized by the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Sustainability (a.k.a. CACS, you know, in case you were curious). The Earth Week event started off with a few people talking about how awesomely their green projects have been going this year–and then they started handing out the green for green from green, if you know what we’re saying.

CACS announced the 2008 recipients of Green Fund Grants, “supporting innovative campus sustainability projects,” and presented the Berkeley environmental equivalent of The Oscars (for whatever they’re worth), Sustainability Awards.

And the winners are …

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We all know it, we all love it … it’s the environment! No one cares about the environment more than UC Berkeley (except maybe Al Gore and Leonardo DiCaprio), and this week will provide dozens of opportunities for us to show it. Yes, starting on Monday and raging through Friday is Cal’s Earth Week, our one and only chance to give Mother Earth some sugar.

Or could it be Berkeley’s one and only chance to stroke its own ego and congratulate itself on its green superiority? We’ll be sure to check out a few of the many summits, “faires,” and Memorial Glade shin-digs to get the real 411, and keep an eye out for Tommy Lee. Just remember: Only you can prevent Earth Week from going down in a blaze of apathy.

UC Berkeley Earth Week Calendar of Events [Website]