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Happy Earth Day 2011!

Travis Brock
Director of Business Development

Happy Earth Day 2011! As many of us know, Earth Day events are big on campus. It brings the campus together. It is an opportunity for your university as a whole to show off its efforts in sustainability and resource reduction. It provides a way to show off how effective your campus has been in sustainability initiatives. Earth Day also provides an opportunity for individual departments and units to show off their unique efforts as well as individual colleges to show off their earth-friendly research.

I have collected several examples below, but I would also like to hear what other campuses are doing to celebrate Earth Day.

  • Many are taking to the internet to talk about Earth Day and earth-friendly projects. Many are starting discussions with followers on Facebook for how they plan on celebrating. Check out these chats at Montana State University and University of Michigan-Flint. Walsh College took to their website with a video showcasing several of it’s sustainability initiatives.
  • University of Washington is holding a 3-day event starting on April 21 and spotlights speakers, music, exhibitors, a Husky Green Award, a wetland restoration party, recycling display, electric and hybrid car viewings, movies, a Campus Cleanup Challenge and more. The cleanup challenge pits teams against each other for two hours to see who can find the most garbage and recyclable materials on campus. Prizes are given to winners.
  • Plymouth State University is hosting a Plymouth Pick-Uppalooza, where folks go around the campus picking up trash and recycling. They are also holding an Earth Day Environmental Fair where campus and community affiliated organizations are going to participate. Organizations like the Squam Lake Natural Science Center, PSU Center for the Environment, PSU Center for Rural Partnerships, the PSU Physical Plant, and the campus dining center. I also found out from Amy Barnes via Twitter that the PSU Center for the Environment was handing out free sunflowers for participants to plant.

These are just a few examples of what I found that colleges and universities are doing around the country today. What is your campus doing to celebrate Earth Day? Now is your chance to show off what you and your campus community efforts that are going on today, this week, and through the year to celebrate Mother Earth.

3 Replies to “Happy Earth Day 2011!”

  1. At Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia, the Sustainability Committee developed a week of events focusing on conservation and sustainability for Earth Day 2011. These included:

    * Native Planting Exhibition
    * Bigfoot Challenge: a carbon footprint reduction event
    * A nature photography contest
    * Speakers from the U.S. Forest Service and the Chattahoochee River Warden
    * Graduate student and faculty research presentations on drinking water regulation, electric cars, and political perspectives on the environmental movement
    * The dining halls offered a special Earth Day menu
    * A showing of the movie “Food, Inc.”
    * A 5K run

  2. Columbus State University (CSU) and Lebanon Valley College (LVC) – thank you for your input. It is exciting to see so many colleges take part in Earth Day. While most seem to have event(s), each college seems to have their own take or their own spin to it.

    CSU – It looks like a full day of fun and educational events. I am curious what was on the dining hall’s Earth Day menu. Sounds interesting!

    LVC – almost a full week of events. Wow! What do the superheroes do during the rest of the year? Is this a one time thing for the superheroes, once a year, or only on special occasions type of thing?

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