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Kent State to Host Earth Month Events

By Taylor Meade

The Kent State University community is invited to participate in this year’s Earth Month events, starting on April 15 and running through April 30. The events span a variety of activities and volunteer opportunities.

Over the years, Earth Month has been used to capture the many environmental and sustainability events happening around Earth Day, says Melanie Knowles, manager of sustainability at Kent State.

“The goal is to increase awareness around environmental issues and engage our entire community in choices and behaviors that benefit the environment, our community and each of us as individuals,” Knowles says.

The 2016 Earth Month events include:

  • April 15: Kent State’s Women’s Center will present Feminist Fridays: “Our Earth, Ourselves, Ecofeminism and Mother Earth” to acknowledge the multiple ways people understand feminism from noon-1 p.m. in the Women’s Center Carriage House. The event is free and open to the Kent State community. 
  • April 19: Kent State Grounds, Residence Services and Office of Sustainability will present RecycleMania Tree Planning to honor the best performing residence hall during RecycleMania 2016 at 1:30 p.m. The location is to be determined. The event is free and open to the Kent State community.
  • April 21: The Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and the Office of Sustainability will present Earth Day and Arbor Day Celebration at Kent State, a series of events from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. across campus. This event is free to attend and will include a tree planting ceremony and activities with the University Libraries. For a detailed list of events, visit www.kent.edu/sustainability/earth-month.
    • Noon-2 p.m.: Students, faculty and staff are invited to stop by the first floor University Library Reading Room for activities and information from Kent State student organizations and local partners and organizations.
    • 2 p.m.: Arbor Day/Earth Day Tree Planting Ceremony will welcome all students, faculty and staff for a tree planting at the Kent Campus along Loop Road by the Recreation Fields. Kent State will receive Tree Campus USA recognition.
  • April 21: Kent State’s Department of Biological Sciences and the College of Arts and Sciences will present Celebrate Earth Day with Biological Sciences from 1-4 p.m. at Herrick Conservatory Greenhouse at Cunningham Hall. This event is free and open to the Kent State community. 
  • April 21: Global Fashion Citizens will present Global Fashion Citizens Flash Mob Fashion Show to showcase upcycling materials at 8 p.m. in the Kent Student Center. This event is free and open to the Kent State community.
  • April 22: Art Club, Herrick Conservatory and Sustainability Club will present Rain Barrel Painting by student organizations, where students can see the Art Club painting from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Herrick Conservatory Greenhouse at Cunningham Hall. This event is free and open to the Kent State community.
  • April 22: Standing Rock Cultural Arts will present the 10th annual Who’s Your Mama? Environmental Film Fest to showcase short environmental films from Kent and around the world from 6-9 p.m. at the Kent Student Center Kiva. The cost for this event will be announced later. 
  • April 23: Kent State University at East Liverpool will present Earth Day Environmental Justice Conference to feature information focused on local environmental justice issues from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Purinton Hall. This event is free and open to the Kent State community.
  • April 23:  Biology Club Campus Clean Up Event from 9 a.m. to noon. To volunteer, sign up at the Biological Sciences Earth Day event on April 21. The event is free and open to the Kent State community.
  • April 24: Kent State University at Stark will present the Earth Day Celebration from 1-4 p.m. at the Campus Center Lot and Pond Area. There is no cost to attend.
  • April 29: Herrick Conservatory and Sustainability Club and Biological Sciences will host Redbud Transplant to help transplant redbuds from 9 a.m. to noon. The location is to be determined, and the event is free and open to the Kent State community. To volunteer, sign up at the Biological Sciences Earth Day event on April 21.
  • April 30: The Office of Experiential Education and Civic Engagement will present Super Service Saturdays to explore nonprofit agencies and provide direct service from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Herrick Conservatory Greenhouse at Cunningham Hall. The event is free and open to the Kent State community. Volunteers can register at www.kent.edu/oeece/super-service-saturdays.
  • April 30: Biological Sciences will present Buckthorn Pull and Wetland Restoration Tree Planting from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is free and open to the Kent State community. To volunteer, sign up at the Biological Sciences Earth Day event on April 21.

For more information about each event and registration dates, visit www.kent.edu/sustainability/earth-month or contact Knowles at 330-672-3880.