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Earth Month

Kent State University Earth Month
A list of events going on at Kent State University during Earth Month in April. Check back often for updates.

The 2018 Kent State University Earth Month events at the Kent Campus were planned by the Earth Month Committee. Earth Month event collaborations include: The Campus Kitchen; Center for Student Involvement; Child Development Center; Community Engaged Learning Office; Department of Biological Sciences; Department of Recreational Services; Dining Services; Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Herrick Conservatory and Greenhouse; Kent State of Wellness; Office of Sustainability; University Facilities Management Grounds Department; and student organizations: Biology Club; Herrick Conservatory and Sustainability Club; Kent State Geological Society; Kent State Environmental Society; Kent State Ocean Motion; Public Health Student Alliance; Sigma Gamma Epsilon; Veg KSU; and Standing Rock Cultural Arts.

April 12 Earth Fest Celebration Poster 8.5x11*

*NOTE:  Kent Climate Action Plan Community Input Meeting EVENT CANCELED: April 19, 11:30am-1:30pm Kent State University Student Center room 313

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2018 Earth Month Events

Kent State Public Health Student Alliance National Health Week: This is Public Health Table Event
April 2, 11:00am-2:00 pm 
Kent State University Student Center 2nd Floor

Hosted by Kent State Public Health Student Alliance and the College of Public Health.

Kent State Public Health Student Alliance National Health Week: Guest Speaker: Cindy Bloom, Director of Rape Crisis Center of Medina and Summit Counties
April 2, 6:00pm
Moulton Hall Ballroom

Hosted by Kent State Public Health Student Alliance and the College of Public Health.

Kent State Public Health Student Alliance National Health Week: Sustainable Planting Table Event
April 3, 11:00am-2:00 pm 
Kent State University Student Center 2nd Floor

Hosted by Kent State Public Health Student Alliance and the College of Public Health.

Kent State Public Health Student Alliance National Health Week: Social Determinants of Health and Axess Pointe Table Event
April 3, 11:00am-2:00 pm 
Moulton Hall Lobby

Hosted by Kent State Public Health Student Alliance and the College of Public Health.

Kent State Public Health Student Alliance National Health Week: Community and School Gardens Table Event with snacks!
April 3, 2:00 pm-5:00pm 
Moulton Hall Lobby

Hosted by Kent State Public Health Student Alliance and the College of Public Health.

Kent State Public Health Student Alliance National Health Week: Yoga and Plants: Building Healthy Communities with Good Habits
April 3, 5:00pm
Moulton Hall Ballroom

Hosted by Kent State Public Health Student Alliance and the College of Public Health.

Kent State Public Health Student Alliance National Health Week: Lifebanc Table Event
April 4, 11:00am-2:00pm
Kent State University Student Center 2nd Floor

Hosted by Kent State Public Health Student Alliance and the College of Public Health.

Kent State Public Health Student Alliance National Health Week: Documentary: Where to Invade Next by Michael Moore
April 4, 5:00pm
Lowry Hall room 143

Hosted by Kent State Public Health Student Alliance and the College of Public Health.

Distracted Pedestrian/Driving Resource Fair
April 10, 11:00am-1:00 pm 
Kent State University Student Center 2nd Floor

Hosted by KSU Police, Kent Police, Portage County Safe Communities, and AAA: several interactive activities on Distracted Pedestrian/Driving. Win Prizes, get some cool giveaways and FlashPerks!

Kent State University Earth Fest Celebration
April 12, 11:00am-3:00 pm 
Risman Plaza

300 FLASHPERKS EVENT! We invite you to join the Kent State University campus community for a fun-filled Earth Day event with music, give-aways, raffle prize drawings, and information and activities from 50+ on and off campus organizations and departments. Join us as we celebrate all areas of sustainability including prosperity (economy), people (social), and planet (environment)!

Earth Fest Celebration Participants
  • Biological Sciences Academic Materials
  • Biological Sciences Hydroponics Display
  • Biological Sciences- Painted Rain Barrel Project
  • Biological Sciences Plants Display
  • Biological Sciences- Rain Barrel Painting
  • Biological Sciences Water Quality Quest Team
  • Center for Student Involvement
  • Child Development Center
  • City of Kent Sustainability Commission
  • Cleveland Metroparks 
  • College of Aeronautics and Engineering
  • Community Engaged Learning Office
  • Conscious Campus Road Tour - Body/Wellness
  • Conscious Campus Road Tour - Cleaning
  • Conscious Campus Road Tour - Fashion
  • Conscious Campus Road Tour - Food
  • Conscious Campus Road Tour - Footprint
  • Conscious Campus Road Tour - Living Space
  • Conscious Campus Road Tour - Waste
  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park
  • Davey Resource Group, Inc
  • Ditch the Straw Campaign 
  • Division of Diversity Equity and Inclusion
  • Enviroscience 
  • Feeding the 500
  • Flashfleet
  • Green Dot (Sexual and Relationship Violence Support Services)
  • Habitat for Humanity of Portage County 
  • Habitat for Humanity: Kent State Chapter
  • Herrick Conservatory Club
  • Kent oikos (Net Impact)
  • Kent State Environmental Society
  • Kent State Geological Society (KSGS) 
  • Kent State of Wellness
  • KSU Biology Club
  • KSU Dining Services
  • Ocean Motion
  • Office of Sustainability
  • Portage Park District 
  • Public Health Student Alliance
  • Residence Services
  • Sigma Gamma Epsilon (SGE) 
  • Socially Responsible Sweatshop of Kent
  • Standing Rock Cultural Arts
  • Summit Park District 
  • The Brewer-Garrett Company
  • The Campus Kitchen
  • The Nature Conservancy 
  • The Ohio Department of Natural Resources DNAP 
  • The Ohio EPA 
  • United States Department of Agriculture NRCS
  • Veg KSU
Conscious College Road Tour
April 12, 11:00 am –  3:00 pm
Risman Plaza 

Interested in learning about how you can be more sustainable? Stop by the CCRT tabling event in Risman Plaza between 11-3 on Thursday, April 12th for free samples from sustainable companies such as Clif and Klean Kanteen and learn about the benefits of living a greener life! A unique, interactive, and hands-on opportunity for students to become mobilized around sustainable solutions on campus. The CCRT informs students on a variety of sustainability themes, empowers them to create tangible change on their campuses and local community, and mobilizes them around a student-led sustainability project on campus. 

Conscious College Road Tour Townhall Meeting
April 12, 6:00pm

Come chat over a Chipotle burrito about how the Kent community can be more sustainable. Topics of discussion include incorporating a composting service on campus, a campus wide sustainability plan, and what we currently do and could improve on to be more sustainable in our day to day lives. The Town Hall is an evening dinner bringing together students, faculty, and staff to develop a collaborative student-led campus sustainability initiative that will be implemented on campus.

Kent State Mini Maker Faire
April 13, 12:00pm-4:00pm
Kent State University Library Garden Room

Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these "makers" to show hobbies, experiments, projects.We call it the Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth - a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness. Glimpse the future and get inspired!

Kent State University Environmental Society’s 1st Annual Wetland Cleanup
April 14, 10:00 am
Observatory Wetland

Meet by the KSU Practice Track at 10:00 AM to walk over to the Observatory Wetland. KSU Environmental Society is providing gloves and trash bags, waders for those who don't have any. Boots and water boots are suggested to be worn or brought to clean up the wetland.  For more info email Shelby Powell 

Feeding the 500
April 15, 1:00pm-5:00pm
Risman Plaza 

Have you ever stopped to think about how much food you waste? Lets taco ‘bout it! Join us as we bring this issue to life by feeding 500 people with food rescued from one night in our community. Learn about the environmental impact of food waste through: free food, food waste games, a smoothie bike, live speakers, educational booths  and more! It'd be grape to see you there! To sign up to volunteer for the event:

The 12th Annual Who's Your Mama Environmental Film Fest
April 15, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Kent State University KIVA Auditorium

FLASHPERKS EVENT! Standing Rock Cultural Arts presents an evening of short environmental films from Kent, Ohio and around the world. Films a powered by a solar powered projector! Hosted by Standing Rock Cultural Arts and Kent State University Office of Sustainability. Admission: General $5; Students $3


  • A Tribute To Myron Dewey and other Standing Rock Warriors

  • Ajax The Kea Conservation Dog

  • Inside Italy's Handmade Amusement Park

  • The Story of Wafarin

  • 2D Run Mixed Motion Project

  • World of Tomorrow: Episode 2

  • This Hawaiian Island Is The Future Of Energy

  • Collecting The World: Inside The Smithsonian

  • The Loneliest Tree In The World

  • An Ancient Practice With Peru's Last Medicine Men

Earth Day Celebrations at Kent State with the Child Development Center
April 18 
Kent State University

Celebrate Earth Day events at Kent State University!  Child Development Center students will participate in Earth-Day related activities created by partners and student organizations on campus. Co-hosted by the Kent State University Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Kent State University Child Development Center; Kent State University Office of Sustainability. If you or your student organization would like to volunteer to run Earth Day crafts and activities please contact

Center for Student Involvement Earth Day Celebration
April 19, 11:00am-1pm
Kent State University Student Center 2nd Floor

Come celebrate Earth Day with Kent Student Center Programming on Risman Plaza. Follow @KSCProgramming on Twitter for more information.

Kent Climate Action Plan Community Input Meeting
EVENT CANCELEDApril 19, 11:30am-1:30pm
Kent State University Student Center room 313

What is important to you in creating a City of Kent Climate Action Plan? Submit your ideas or use category prompts to provide input in creating a Climate Action Plan. Hosted by the City of Kent Ad Hoc Climate Action Plan Committee and the Kent State University Office of Sustainability.

Fair and Ethical Trade Fashion Show
April 19, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Schwartz Center Lecture Hall

This Fashion Show will feature clothing and accessories from companies that are Fair Trade Certified. We invite you to come learn more about the importance of fair trade and enjoy the show. If you are interested purchasing items like clothing and accessories that are fair trade certified, check out CauseGear, and use the code KENTSTATE20 receive 20% off your order! Featured speakers include: Noel Palomo-Lovinski, The Market Path, and Bena Burda. Hosted by the Kent State Catholic Student Association.

Kent State Day of Service, Community Engaged Learning Office
April 21, 8:30 am –  1:00 pm
Various Service Sites

Share your Kent State pride, time, talents and collective power of volunteerism to make a difference in your community. In collaboration with Earth Month celebrations and the 10th annual Alumni Day of Service, join current students and alumni, as well as faculty, staff and community members for this day of service. Sign u p to volunteer:

Water Quality Quest
April 21, 10:00 am –  1:00 pm
Multiple Volunteer Sites

The Kent State and City of Kent communities are fortunate to have many streams, wetlands, ponds, and rivers flowing through and situated near where we work, live, and play.  Many of these ecosystems can do important jobs for us, including cleaning the pollution out of water that runs off impervious surfaces like roads, parking lots, and buildings. During the 2018 Earth Day Water Quality Quest (Saturday April 21, 2018, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM), volunteers will become scientists. Trained water quality researchers will lead teams of volunteer scientists to sample waters in and around Kent State’s campus including on-campus wetlands, ponds, and the Cuyahoga River. These water samples will be used to measure indicators of pollution and aquatic ecosystem health by Dr. Lauren Kinsman-Costello’s Nutrient Biogeochemistry Lab. The data collected by volunteer scientist Water Quality Quest-ers will be added to a growing database that supports environmental research and stewardship on Kent State’s campus.  Volunteer scientists will learn about how scientists assess the health of aquatic ecosystems. For more information and to sign up to participate, please sign up here:

KSU Grounds Department & Biological Sciences Earth Day Tree Planting Workshop
April 21, 9:00am –  12:00 pm
East of the Student Recreation and Wellness Center

Volunteer to plant trees near the Kent State University Recreation Center. To register as a volunteer:

Feeding the 500 Just Eat It! Documentary and Panel Discussion
April 23, 6:30pm –  9:30pm

"Just Eat It is a 74-minute documentary film about food waste and food rescue by Peg Leg Films in partnership with British Columbia's Knowledge Network. We all love food. As a society, we devour countless cooking shows, culinary magazines and foodie blogs. So how could we possibly be throwing nearly 50% of it in the trash?Filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant dive into the issue of waste from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge."-Just Eat It! 

Arbor Day/RecycleMania Tree Planting
April 26, 11:00am
TBD Location

A tree planted in commemoration of Arbor Day and Residence Hall RecycleMania 2nd place winners. Kent State University is proud to recognized as a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation for the 10th consecutive year.

Arbor Day Biological Sciences Greenhouse Tours
April 27, 10:00am –  2:00 pm
Cunningham Hall Greenhouse

Take a tour of the Kent State University Herrick Conservatory and Greenhouse. View multiple plant species and learn about plant caretaking. To volunteer contact:

Biological Sciences Invasive Plant and Trash Removal Workshop
April 28, 9:00am –  12:00 pm
Cunningham Hall Wetlands

Volunteer to pull invasive plant species and remove trash near the Cunningham Hall wetlands. To volunteer contact:

Sunday, April 22, 2018
1 - 4 p.m.
Kent State University at Stark
Campus Center Lot & Pond Area

Enjoy a free, family-friendly afternoon filled with environmental educational activities, nature walks, games, crafts, mock fossil digs, entertainment, giveaways and much more! 

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