Public Invited to UAMS Earth Day Event April 23

By Liz Caldwell

The event will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. outside the Shorey Building entrance and along Campus Drive. Public parking also is available nearby on the Parking 2 deck.

Electronic waste products include computers, monitors, televisions, old printers, video recorders, video games and other electronic devices. A specially designed mobile shredding truck from Shred Smart, featuring an industrial grade shredder, will securely and efficiently destroy unneeded personal documents.

Several exhibitors are scheduled to have displays to teach about recycling resources and environmentally friendly products, including Allied Waste, Little Rock Recycling, Metroplan, Shred Smart, Entergy, the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, UAMS Parking Operations and more. Little Rock city workers will provide information on curbside recycling. Prizes and other small gifts will be given by the exhibitors.

The Arkansas Forestry Commission will be giving away 200 trees for planting.

“The event is to bring awareness to sustainability, the environment and energy savings,” said Robert Airo, director of the UAMS Office of Sustainability, which is sponsoring the event. “We want to give the opportunity to sustainability groups to promote their missions and want to provide UAMS staff and students and the public the opportunity to gain awareness about these issues and have a chance to dispose of documents and e-waste in a safe manner.”

The event will move to the concourse on the ground floor of the Education Building 2 on campus in case of inclement weather. For more information call Robert Airo at (501) 526-7303 or email him at

UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; a hospital; a statewide network of regional centers; and seven institutes: the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, the Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy, the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, the Psychiatric Research Institute, the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging and the Translational Research Institute. Named best Little Rock metropolitan area hospital by U.S. News & World Report, it is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. UAMS has more than 2,800 students and 790 medical residents. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including about 1,000 physicians and other professionals who provide care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and UAMS regional centers throughout the state. Visit or