Earth Day returns each year with more 'green' on-campus activities

April 13, 2009

University Park, Pa. -- Penn State, along with the rest of the country, celebrates Earth Day every year on April 22. This year its My 20 Campaign and other campus groups will be taking part in activities that promote environmental conservation and awareness on and around campus.

Most of the activities, sponsored by My 20, Eco-Action, the College of Agricultural Sciences and other groups, will be held April 18 - 25 inside and outside the HUB-Robeson Center.

"Each year we have more and more activities," Lydia Vandenbergh, marketing assistant for the environmental stewardship office, said. "The blossoming of these events and the collaboration between different groups shows how sustainability is coming alive on Penn State's campus."

On Saturday April 18, Eco-Action will kick off Earth Week with an Earth Day celebration from noon to 8 p.m. on the HUB lawn. Activities include kids' crafts, cell phone recycling, performances and other activities.

The College of Agricultural Sciences will hold an Ag Day: Harvest to Household, April 22 on the HUB Lawn where students can follow the role of the college in the production of Berkey Creamery ice cream as it goes from the source to the consumer. Students and spectators will also receive a "passport" for free Creamery ice cream at the event.

In addition, don't miss the signing of a Sustainability Partnership Program contract between Penn State and the Environmental Protection Agency in front of the Pollock Road entrance to the HUB at 12:15 on April 22. In an action to reduce the environmental footprint, the EPA has devised a program in which they partner with businesses, communities and institutions to find ways to reduce energy consumption and pollution.

"Penn State also wants to partner with every member of our community to find ways to reduce each person's contribution to global warming," Vandenbergh said. "During Earth Week students, faculty and staff will be asked to select three actions to turn 'green' in a pledge to reduce their environmental footprint. Working together, we can have positive impacts on our environment."

Schedule of Events

April 18
-- Noon-8 p.m.: Eco-Action Earth Day Celebration on the HUB Lawn. Join Eco-Action and other student groups for kids' crafts, cell phone recycling, performances and more.

April 20: My 20 Campus Environmental Campaign Kickoff
-- 10 a.m.-2 p.m.. Penn State Sustainability Pledge table at the HUB entrance.
-- 5-6 p.m.: David Suzuki, founder of the David Suzuki Foundation, will speak about environmental awareness in the HUB Auditorium as part of the Environmental Colloquium. This event is sponsored by the Center for Sustainability, the Pennsylvania Institute for Energy and Environment, and Finance and Business's Environmental Stewardship Key Initiative.

"An Inconvenient Truth" screening
--8-10:30 p.m., HUB-Robeson Center Auditorium. Sponsored as part of the EdAware Program Series through the Office of Student Activities at Penn State. This fourth-highest grossing documentary film in the U.S. to date follows former U.S. Vice President Al Gore’s campaign to bring international attention to the issue of global warming. Select attendees will receive free copies of the documentary’s companion book, "An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It."

April 22: National Earth Day
-- 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Student Affairs Earth Day Fair, inside HUB
-- 11 a.m.-4 p.m.: Ag Day: Harvest to Household, HUB Lawn
-- 12:15 p.m.: EPA & Penn State Partnership Agreement, HUB-Pollock Road entrance
-- 7-8:30 p.m.: Jon Krosnick, Professor from Stanford University talks about "What Americans Really Think About Climate Change", 100 Life Science

April 24: National Arbor Day
- ClearWater Conservancy celebratory tree planting along Spring Creek, Penn State Sheep Farm. Contact Katie Ombalski for more details or to volunteer.

April 25: Volunteer Opportunity and Solar Tour
8 a.m.-Noon: 13th Annual Watershed Cleanup Day. Call 237-0400 for more information or to volunteer.
Noon-3 p.m.: Tours of the Morning Star solar house located at the Centre County Visitors Center.

  • My 20 encourages members of the Penn State community to reduce their carbon footprint by 20 percent during Earth Week.

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