Have you ever heard of six-word essays or flash fiction? It's a unique genre of writing that focuses on sharing a meaningful story or idea in just six words. The idea of very short stories began before the digital age, but has begun to thrive recently as people share their stories and essays via social networks. The EPA felt that the six-word essay would be a great way to celebrate the environment. The Unites States EPA has launched the Six Words for the Planet project in partnership with SMITH Magazine.

Your "green umbrella" - those things you do to help protect our environment - is vital to sustaining our community. Green Umbrella is an online community to help you learn about ways to expand your umbrella and track your green activities. You will be able to see your impact on your community and learn how to compare it to your family and friends. You will also discover how much money you are saving along the way.

Earth Day is designated to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's natural environment. Earth Day was first observed on March 21st, 1970 and is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network. Earth Day is now celebrated in more than 175 countries every year. Many communities celebrate Earth Week, an entire week of activities focused on environmental issues. In 2009, the United Nations designated April 22nd as International Mother Earth Day. This year more than one billion people around the world will celebrate Earth Day 2012 and help mobilize the earth.

Every year, US businesses and citizens lose billions of dollars to corporate fraud and espionage. Most companies spend millions of dollars protecting confidential information. However, when no longer useful, that same information ends up in a dumpster or a recycling bin where it is legally available to anyone. Shredding paper documents is one of the most cost-effective ways to prevent fraud and identity theft.

Community, sustainability and wellness will come together in a unique campus-wide event at Northern Kentucky University on April 9th. The event will attempt to establish a record for most people on teeter totters at one time and make it into the Guinness Book of World Records. Funds raised will be used to purchase BigBelly Waste and Recycling containers for campus.