Ohio Wesleyan University will celebrate its first Green Week March 25 through 29.

Ohio Wesleyan University will celebrate its first Green Week March 25 through 29.

Both the campus and the Delaware community will be involved in Green Week events. Most, though not all, will take place over the lunch hour in OWU's Hamilton-Williams Campus Center. Each day has a theme and offers a different learning opportunity, according to junior Erika Kazi, an environmental studies and sociology double major and one of the week's organizers.

•Monday, March 25: Welcome to the Green Room/Banner-making contest. Take a survey on water and energy use, then share your new knowledge on a banner.

•Tuesday, March 26: Mind Your Area Business. Local businesses will set up displays from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the Hamilton-Williams Campus Center. Three businesses will be selected to receive free OWU sustainability audits designed to help them save money and support the environment.

•Wednesday, March 27: Waste Naught/Mulch to Celebrate. Members of the Tree House small living unit created a piece of art that represents the amount of waste generated each weekday at OWU. The artwork is on the JAYwalk, along with bags of compost mulch created by Ohio Mulch using waste from OWU dining rooms. The compost will be for sale, and free tote bags will be handed out while supplies last.

•Thursday, March 28: Smoothie Moves/Social Bike Ride. Students can trade food points for smoothies they create using a blender attached to a stationary bicycle. Visitors will be surveyed about their walking, biking and driving habits, and everyone will be invited, as part of the OWU Bishop Bikes initiative, on a one-hour social bike ride. Riders will leave the JAYwalk at 4 p.m. Each rider will receive a free usable spork while supplies last.

•Friday, March 29/Saturday, March 30: Black Out Day & Night/Community Free Store. Non-essential lights will be turned off at 5 p.m. in the Schimmel/Conrades Science Center to demonstrate the power of simple actions. Students may attend a "Thrift Store Party" in the Tree House from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Admission is one thrift store donation per student. All items will be up for grabs Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. during a "free store" event. The nighttime party is for students only; the thrift store event is open to the public. Donations will be accepted during the free store event, and all items that aren't claimed will be donated to local charities.

Two outside grants provided by three national organizations helped to make Green Week possible. Outdoor Nation, a national initiative that connects the Millennial Generation to the outdoors, and CamelBak, a leading hydration company, gave Green Week $500 and 100 water bottles. The OWU project was one of 10 chosen for funding nationwide.

Shareable, a California-based, online magazine, committed to the concept of sharing, gave Green Week $400. The Green Week proposal was one of 144 submitted and one of only 12 chosen to receive support.

The week is sponsored by the OWU Sustainability Task Force in conjunction with the Environment and Wildlife Club, Environmental Studies Program, the Wesleyan Council on Student Affairs and the Philosophy Department's Andy Anderson Fund.