Folsom Lake College focuses on Earth Day

By: Laura Newell, Of the Telegraph
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Earth Day, April 22, marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970, which put environmental concerns front and center.

Folsom Lake College students and teachers will continue the movement with a week-long event including education, activities and presentations.

Folsom Lake College Professor of biology Steve Holzberg started Folsom Lake College’s annual Earth Week celebration seven years ago and said he is proud of both the growth and popularity of the event.

“I have always had a personal interest in Earth Day, and it was pretty clear back then (in 1970) that there has been damage to the earth,” Holzberg said. “While awareness has grown, so has the population and the number and magnitude of environmental issues. My motivation is to spread awareness and educate on the issues.”

Student volunteers and campus clubs including the College Ecco Club and Student Government will participate in the event.

“Earth Week means a lot to me because it encourages people to recognize what’s going on in our environment globally,” said Isua Ramirez, 20, Folsom Lake College student and president of the campus Ecco Club. “With just a little bit of help, we can continue to further educate our communities and fix our environment. If everyone puts in their part, it can really make a difference.”

Folsom Lake College’s annual Earth Week celebration will be held April 15-19 at the Folsom campus, 10 College Parkway in Folsom, and the El Dorado Center, 6699 Campus Drive in Placerville. This weeklong series of free events is open to the public and celebrates Earth Day with a variety of activities at both our main campus.

Event activities include invited speakers and faculty presenting environmental science, related social issues and solutions through various films, presentations and discussions.

There will also be a “Green Machine” Fair at the Folsom campus during the week, which features bicycle and alternative transportation booths, music, games and information on how to reduce your impact on our planet and go green.

A full schedule of events, times, dates and locations can be found online at