It's Earth Day; Why Are You Reading This?


You carbon-footprint stomper, you, with all those kilowatts zooming through your hard drive, you need to get outside.

Here's a few earthy ideas for your light-on-the-land day:

Did you drive to work? Ada County says 9 percent of its courthouse-based employees take some form of alternative transportation.

“The turf may be blue, but the campus is green.” Oh, those clever kids at Boise State. Well, they'll have ongoing events today. Their campus Green Team will be busy today. Some of the two-wheeled nuts there will be readying for Friday's Bicycle Congress.

Our Calendar Guru, Elaine Lacaillade, found a passel of events requiring gloves and a yen for yardwork. Check 'em out here.

Or, um, carpool over to Nampa for the College of Idaho Earth Day events. Vendor booths will be on display and speaker presentations will start at 11 a.m. and a low-carbon lunch will be available for $6.73 for non-students starting. Student organization TERRA will offer interactive booths as part of their sustainability fair such as petition-signing and a booth for recycling batteries, light bulbs and other hazardous materials.

Get out of work and go mountain biking in the Foothills.

Finish your day with a presentation on bird research: Greg Kaltenecker executive director of the Idaho Bird Observatory, discusses some of the research results of the observatory. The event is set for the MK Nature Center. This event, hosted by the Audubon Society, is free at 7:45 p.m.

It's late. Turn out the lights, already.