WBU plans Creation Care Week on Plainview campus

November 25, 2011 

PLAINVIEW – As part of its strategic plan, Wayland Baptist University has embraced creation care as being of vital importance not only to the university, but also to the community and region it serves. As part of the commitment to creation care and “go-green” initiatives, Wayland will hold its first Creation Care Week Nov. 7-12, emphasizing environmental issue with various programs and initiatives throughout the week.

The administration at Wayland has made a commitment to taking care of God’s creation by recycling and through the conservation of natural resources. Led in large part by the School of Math and Sciences, Wayland is trying to build a culture that embraces the idea of caring for creation.

Activities throughout the week will focus on various student groups and their green initiatives, including SIFE’s drug drop-off that takes place on the second Wednesday of every month. Community members are encouraged to drop off out-of-date medication and other medical waste for proper disposal.

The Wayland Geological Society (WBUGS) hosts a Running Water Draw clean-up project where students pick up trash and other waste throughout the draw in Plainview. Other green initiatives include the community garden that produced several hundred pounds of fresh produce for the local Faith In Sharing House this summer, as well as other group-led initiatives throughout campus.

The week’s activities will also feature climatologist Dr. Katherine Hayhoe speaking in chapel about climate change.  Dr. Hayhoe is an associate professor and director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University whose work has been used to develop state and federal policies. As a Christian scientist, Dr. Hayhoe tries to dispel misunderstandings that make global warming a controversial topic in both Christian and secular circles. The chapel service will be Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 11 a.m. Chapel is open to the public.

Another major project for Creation Care Week is an e-waste pickup project that Wayland will host on Saturday. Wayland is teaming up with the City of Plainview and a group called SIMS Recycling to collect computer and electronic generated waste that cannot be disposed of by typical means.

The SIMS group will supply a trailer where community members may drop off computer, printers, monitors, laptops, scanners, fax machines, keyboards, VCRs, televisions and other electronic waste for proper disposal. The group will not take white goods or kitchen appliances. The drop-off will be held from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. For more information, contact the School of Math and Sciences at 806-291-1115.