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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.


2018 Earth Month Events

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

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
  • 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
Campus Conscious Road Tour
April 12, 11:00 am –  3:00 pm
Risman Plaza 
Kent State University Environmental Society’s 1st Annual Wetland Cleanup
April 14, 10:00 am –  12:00 pm
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

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: TBD General, TBD Students/Seniors

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 Event
April 19, 11:00am-1pm
Kent State University Student Center 2nd Floor
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 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! 

Would you like to add your department or organization's event to Kent State University Earth Month webpage? Email