Sustainability Department welcomes students with bike tour of city and campus garden tours

Updated 14 weeks ago Special to HNN Provided by Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Sustainability Department is hosting a Critical Mass Bike Ride and two Campus Garden Tours to welcome students for the Fall semester.

New students are invited to explore their new home away from home during an hour-long Critical Mass Bike Ride through the City of Huntington on Thursday, Aug. 21, at 6:50 p.m.

"The event is open to all members of the Marshall University community - new and returning students, faculty, staff and community members," said Margie Phillips, manager of the Sustainability Department, which is sponsoring the event. "This is the perfect way to see the city, make new friends and work off some pre-semester jitters! And, of course, it's environmentally responsible."

Riders are to meet at the Marshall University Recreation Center at 6:50 p.m. The ride will depart promptly at 7 p.m. and wind through Huntington including popular destinations:

-  Ritter Park and Fountain
-  Memorial Arch
-  Memorial Park
-  Central City
-  Wild Ramp
-  City Hall
-  Courthouse
-  Harris Riverfront Park
-  Heritage Station
-  Pullman Square
-  Marshall Hall of Fame Cafe
-  Huntington Cycle and Sport

Students, faculty or staff without a bike are encouraged to arrive at the Recreation Center earlier to check out for free one of the 13 bikes in the Eco Cycle Bike Loan Program provided by Marshall's Sustainability Department. Bikes are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis and you must present your Marshall ID and a credit card to reserve your bike. To learn more about the bike loan program and to see a map of the ride, go to marshall.edu/sustainability.

Students, parents, faculty and staff are also invited to learn more about the Sustainability Department's student gardens and green initiatives on Thursday, Aug. 21, at 5 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 23, at 10 a.m. Both tours leave from the Memorial Student Center and will showcase the Student Vegetable Garden with a Pollinator Garden, Monarch Waystation, Butterfly Garden, Rain Garden, Native Herb Garden and the Science Building's Rooftop Garden.  During the tour, Be Marshall Green initiatives will be discussed including Marshall recycling efforts, OASIS Bottle Fill Stations, composting efforts, Marshall's greenhouse, recycling compactor, shredding program, Eco Cycle Bike Loan Program, how to be green in your residence hall and the Enterprise Car Share Program. 

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