As your Outlook/Blackberry/secretary administrative professional has no doubt alerted you, Saturday is Earth Day: a celebration of all things green and, um, earthly? A celebration not lost on the youth of today. And since lists of the best ways to help the planet on Earth Day are all the rage these days — hell, even Vanity Fair‘s green issue has one — I’ve decided to compile one of my own.

Or rather, I’m reprinting one put forth by the University of Montana – Missoula. And this isn’t just any list of five things you can do to help the planet. This is an eco-pentathlon! I’m serious! It appears to be a tradition at the school. A series of service events are set up at various locations on or near the campus on Earth Day, and eco-pentathletes ride their bikes from one event to the next, working about an hour at each.

Here’s the line-up for Saturday’s events:

  • 9 a.m. – noon: Help clean up the Clark Fork River.
  • 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Work on prairie restoration at Mt. Sentinel.
  • 1-2:30 p.m.: Dumpster dive and sort recyclables.
  • Noon – 4 p.m.: Build a bike at the Festival of Cycles.
  • 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.: Do farm chores (make compost, plant trees) at the PEAS farm.

Whew! What a (Earth) day!

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