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Bike share program launch to headline State’s Earth Day festivities April 18

April 6, 2018

Indiana State University will launch a stationless bike share program as part of campus' annual Earth Day celebration from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 18 on the quad.

The Office of Sustainability -- formally known as The Institute for Community Sustainability -- is working with Spin to provide the stationless bike share program for campus.

There will be 100 orange bikes available on campus for people who download the app on their phone, which allows people to unlock the bikes. Professionals from SPIN will be on-hand to answer questions and show how to download the app and unlock the bikes.

The bikes will be free for rent on April 18 and will cost 50 cents per 30 minutes of use after April 18.

"It will be really beneficial program for students, especially if they're running late to class or looking to go to the grocery store to pick things up," said Nick McCreary, coordinator for the Office of Sustainability. "It will be a cheaper and more sustainable means of getting around than driving."

The Earth Day celebration will also welcome around 30 to 40 vendors from the community and the university to show off sustainable practices and products. Sodexo will cater lunch in the afternoon and Indiana State President Deborah Curtis will present Sustainability Awards. The Tree Campus award will also be presented to Stephanie Krull, landscape and grounds manager for Indiana State.

The Fashion Merchandising Association will operate its Sycamore Closet Thrift Shop on the quad for a second year. McCreary said plans are in the works for the Office of Sustainability and the association to create a year-round thrift shop that would give students an opportunity to purchase reused clothes and other items at a cheaper cost without having to leave campus.

The student organizations, Green Greeks and Operation New Earth, will be involved in unique projects to turn what is typical deemed as trash into usable products and a waste barrel decorating contest where Greek organizations will be asked to turn 55-gallon tubs into a recycle bin that the groups can take back to their organizations and use after the Earth Day celebration.

"I want to get (the Office of Sustainability) out there in students' minds and help them to see that sustainability is core value of Indiana State," McCreary said. "Hopefully people will take the time to come out, see what there is to offer in the way of information on sustainability in their lives and just come enjoy the outdoors."

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Contact: Nick McCreary, sustainability coordinator, Office of Sustainability, Indiana State University, nicholas.mccreary@indstate.edu

Writer: Betsy Simon, assistant director of media relations, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-7972 or betsy.simon@indstate.edu

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Indiana State University will launch a stationless bike share program as part of campus’ annual Earth Day celebration from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 18 on the quad.

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