Earth Month

Kent State University Earth Month 2020

Remote/online Earth Month events listed below are still taking place and available. Check back as more remote/online events and opportunities are added. 

 

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the 1st Earth Day, April 22, 1970.

US E.P.A. History of Earth Day

Kent State University "Honor" View Honor pdf. Typeset by Aoife Mooney, assistant professor Visual Communication Design; Information compiled by Office of Sustainability. 

Kent State Earth Month Button Design Contest

2020 ONLINE/REMOTE EARTH MONTH EVENTS

ONLINE: How to Get a Job in Sustainability Webinar
March 31 at 7 p.m.
Webinar
Hosted by Dr. Eban Goodstein, Director of Graduate Programs in sustainability at Bard College

Dr. Eban Goodstein, Director of Graduate Programs in Sustainability at Bard College, will outline career strategies for higher education professionals looking to make a move into the sustainable business sector during our webinar, How to Get a Job in Sustainability. Are you ready to take the next step in your sustainability-focused career, but not sure how to make your move? Join the free webinar to hear from Bard faculty, students, and alumni to learn how to leverage your work experience into advancing your purpose-driven career! After the presentation, there will be a live Q&A. The webinar link will be sent upon completion of registration.

Bard: How to Get a Job in Sustainability

ONLINE: National Wildlife Federation EcoCareers Conference 2020: Preparing for Employment in a Sustainable World
April 1 and 2 from 11 a.m.  - 5 p.m.
ONLINE
Hosted by the National Wildlife Federation

For students, faculty, staff, and admin from high schools, colleges, and universities across the country and globe! Entrepreneurs and professionals from leading organizations, businesses, and government agencies will share insider knowledge on the latest clean economy trends, employment demands, required credentials, and experiences across myriad fields ranging from food justice, circular economy to climate change to the arts and more! The circular economy session panelists will discuss advancements in the circular economy, advice for getting started in the field, credentials and advanced degrees, and how these credentials can be used to further your career plans. Panelists include representatives from private and public entities and diverse aspects of the sustainability sector. REGISTER by 4p.m. EST March 30!

NWF EcoCareers Conference

Gratitude 28 Day Challenge
April 6 - May 3
Kent State University
Hosted by Employee Wellness

For Kent State University employees: it's easy to take things for granted, especially when so much of our time is spent pursuing things we don't currently have. You can cultivate more gratitude through regular practice. During this 28-day challenge, you will be asked to practice gratitude daily. Let this challenge be your guide. Then use this foundation to make gratitude a lifelong habit. You-and the people around you-have a lot to be grateful for! Participants receive educational materials, weekly emails and unlimited telephonic health coaching. Participants will report their weekly progress on the Be Well portal. Each week, participants will be eligible for a random drawing to keep you motivated and support your wellness goals. Winners will be announced throughout the challenge. REGISTER by March 31

FREE ONLINE: Solve Climate by 2030 Power Dialog
April 7 from 5 - 8 p.m.
ONLINE
Hosted by Bard Center for Environmental Policy (national),  The Ohio State University Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center (state), Kent State University Student Organization Future Environmental Consultants of America and Kent State University Department of Philosophy (local)

On Tuesday, April 7, 2020 working with College and University partners across the US, the Bard Center for Environmental Policy is coordinating the convening of hundreds of conversations focused on the potential to solve the energy side of climate change by 2030. The event features 52 simultaneous, university hosted webinars, one in every state, and in DC and Puerto Rico. That evening, we will find out what are three, ambitious but feasible actions that need doing in Texas and Idaho, Missouri and New Jersey, Florida and Minnesota, if we really aim to solve climate change by 2030. Start times vary in the evening by state. The two-hour event begins with the university-hosted, one-hour state-level webinars in each state, followed by 45 minutes of community dialogs.​​​​https://www.bard.edu/cep/solardominance/powerdialog/

 REGISTER for Ohio Power Dialog

Panelists
1. Bryan Mark, State Climatologist of Ohio, The Ohio State University Department of Geography
2. Mark Shanahan, Principal, New Morning Energy LLC
3. Alicia Smith, Freshwater Future, Environmental Justice
Moderator: Karina Peggau, Education and Outreach Program Coordinator, Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center

5 PM-6 PM EST: Power Dialog Webinar
6 PM-7:30 PM EST: Breakout Session with Discussion Groups
7:30-8 PM EST: Regroup, Share Goals, Closing Remarks

Ohio Power Dialog Webinar

Topic: Solve Climate by 2030
Time: Apr 7, 2020 05:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting: https://osu.zoom.us/j/577858417
Dial by your location: +1 646 876 9923 US (Ohio)
Meeting ID: 577 858 417
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If you have a disability and experience difficulty accessing this content, contact the Accessibility Help Line at 614-292-5000 or Text Telephone for the Deaf at 614-688-8743.

Ohio Power Dialog Landing Page

Employee Wellness: Gratitude & Stress Relief
April 10 noon - 1 p. m.
Webinar
Hosted by Employee Wellness

For Kent State University Employees: as humans, we often don’t take the time to appreciate the good in our lives. We rarely stop to consider the people, experiences and other resources that have provided our lives meaning, happiness or strength. Research suggests that expressing gratitude can be a powerful tool to help reduce stress and disease. REGISTER

ONLINE: Happiness and Sustainability Around the Earth
April 22, 24-hour webinar
ONLINE
Hosted by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, a global initiative of the United Nations

The Sustainable Development Solutions Network has organized a 24-hour webinar event on April 22, the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. It is broken into two 12-hour events. It will explore the Sustainable Development Goals through the lens of well-being and happiness. Learn about solutions being developed in your region, engage with experts around the globe, and celebrate happiness and well-being with your fellow global citizens.

Happiness and Sustainability Around Earth

ONLINE: Digital Earth Day
April 22
ONLINE
Hosted by Earth Day Network

Earth Day Network, the global organizer of Earth Day, will mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day with the first Digital Earth Day, a global digital mobilization on April 22 to address the most urgent threats to people and the planet. The global conversation will be unified and tracked by the shared hashtags #EarthDay2020 and #EARTHRISE.

Earth Day Network Digital Earth Day: EARTHRISE

ONLINE: Earth Optimism 2020 Summit
April 23-25
ONLINE
Hosted by Smithsonian Conservation Commons

Join online for an Earth Optimism digital event that will showcase stories of both small and large-scale actions that frame the conversation and demonstrate that success is possible. Earth Optimism celebrates a change in focus from problem to solution, from a sense of loss to one of hope, in the dialogue about conservation and sustainability.

Earth Optimism 2020 Summit

Earth Month Planning Committee

The 2020 Kent State University Earth Month events at the Kent Campus were planned by the Earth Month Committee. Earth Month event collaborations include: Career Exploration and Development; Child Development Center; College of Aeronautics and Engineering; Community Engaged Learning Office; Department of Biological Sciences; Department of Geology; Department of Geography; Department of Philosophy; Department of Recreational Services; Dining Services; Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion;Herrick Conservatory and Greenhouse; Kent State Environmental Science and Research Design; Kent State of Wellness; Kent State University Women's Center;Office of Sustainability; Undergraduate Student Senate Sustainability Representative; University Facilities Management Grounds Department; University Libraries; and student organizations: Biology Club; Future Environmental Consultants of America; Herrick Conservatory and Sustainability Club; Kent State Environmental Society; Kent State Ocean Motion; Kent State and outside organizations: Standing Rock Cultural Arts; Green Energy Ohio; City of Kent Sustainability Commission.

2020 CANCELED EARTH MONTH EVENTS

All physical meeting/event activities planned for Earth Month are CANCELED.
Due to statewide and campus efforts to prevent the spread of coronavirus/COVID-19, “Kent State University events scheduled for campus locations through the end of the semester are canceled to avoid creating large gatherings. No additional spring semester events will be scheduled.” 

By maintaining the event record below, we hope to maintain the spirit of our intentions to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day. Thank you to all the event organizers -- know that you have helped Kent State become more engaged now and in the future.

Kent State University Coronavirus/COVID-19 Info

Meditation Across Campus (CANCELED)
April Mondays - Fridays
Various Kent Campus Locations
Hosted by Kent State of Wellness

Kent State of Wellness, the university’s healthy campus initiative, will continue its Meditation Across Campus program during Earth Month. Join other members of the Kent State community for free, 30-minute meditation sessions to help you de-stress. Meditation Across Campus sessions take place at various locations across the Kent Campus each weekday. A livestreamed-session also is available at noon on Wednesdays. There is no commitment to attend, so participants can choose to join at their convenience. For the full schedule and the livestream link, visit www.kent.edu/stateofwellness/meditation

Koru Mindfulness Training (CANCELED)
Various Kent Campus Locations
Hosted by Kent State of Wellness

Be more in tune with yourself this Earth Month! Take advantage of free Koru Mindfulness training offered this spring semester through Kent State of Wellness, the university’s healthy campus initiative. Koru Mindfulness is a free, four-week, 75-minute class that is open to students, faculty and staff. Participants learn how to incorporate evidence-based mindfulness practices to be more resilient, more rested and less stressed. Classes hold at various locations across the Kent Campus. If you have completed a Koru Basic class, there are opportunities to sign up for Koru 2.0 classes. To find a convenient class session and to register, visit www.kent.edu/stateofwellness/meditation/koru
 

Kent State Environmental Professionals Conference (CANCELED)
April 3 from 12 - 3 p.m.
McGilvery room 302
Hosted by Student Organization Future Environmental Consultants of America

Keynote speaker is Dan Sowry from the Ohio EPA.

Faculty and Staff Rec and Play Day (CANCELED)
April 3
Student Recreation and Wellness Center
Hosted by Employee Wellness

View employee wellness offerings https://www.kent.edu/hr/benefits/current-wellness-offerings

Employee Wellness: Gratitude & Stress Relief 
April 10 noon - 1 p. m.
Webinar
Hosted by Employee Wellness

As humans, we often don’t take the time to appreciate the good in our lives. We rarely stop to consider the people, experiences and other resources that have provided our lives meaning, happiness or strength. Research suggests that expressing gratitude can be a powerful tool to help reduce stress and disease. REGISTER

Gratitude 28 Day Challenge
April 6 - May 3
Kent State University
Hosted by Employee Wellness

It's easy to take things for granted, especially when so much of our time is spent pursuing things we don't currently have. You can cultivate more gratitude through regular practice. During this 28-day challenge, you will be asked to practice gratitude daily. Let this challenge be your guide. Then use this foundation to make gratitude a lifelong habit. You-and the people around you-have a lot to be grateful for! Participants receive educational materials, weekly emails and unlimited telephonic health coaching. Participants will report their weekly progress on the Be Well portal. Each week, participants will be eligible for a random drawing to keep you motivated and support your wellness goals. Winners will be announced throughout the challenge. REGISTER by March 31

FREE ONLINE Solve Climate by 2030 Power Dialog
April 7 from 5 - 8 p.m.
ONLINE
Hosted by Bard Center for Environmental Policy (national), The Ohio State University Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center(state), Kent State University Student Organization Future Environmental Consultants of America and Kent State University Department of Philosophy (local)

On Tuesday, April 7, 2020 working with College and University partners across the US, the Bard Center for Environmental Policy is coordinating the convening of hundreds of conversations focused on the potential to solve the energy side of climate change by 2030. The event features 52 simultaneous, university hosted webinars, one in every state, and in DC and Puerto Rico. That evening, we will find out what are three, ambitious but feasible actions that need doing in Texas and Idaho, Missouri and New Jersey, Florida and Minnesota, if we really aim to solve climate change by 2030. Start times vary in the evening by state. The two-hour event begins with the university-hosted, one-hour state-level webinars in each state, followed by 45 minutes of community dialogs.​​​​https://www.bard.edu/cep/solardominance/powerdialog/

REGISTER for Ohio Power Dialog

Panelists
1. Bryan Mark, State Climatologist of Ohio, The Ohio State University Department of Geography
2. Mark Shanahan, Principal, New Morning Energy LLC
3. Alicia Smith, Freshwater Future, Environmental Justice
Moderator: Karina Peggau, Education and Outreach Program Coordinator, Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center

5 PM-6 PM EST: Power Dialog Webinar
6 PM-7:30 PM EST: Breakout Session with Discussion Groups
7:30-8 PM EST: Regroup, Share Goals, Closing Remarks

Ohio Power Dialog Webinar

Topic: Solve Climate by 2030
Time: Apr 7, 2020 05:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting: https://osu.zoom.us/j/577858417
Dial by your location: +1 646 876 9923 US (Ohio)
Meeting ID: 577 858 417
CarmenZoom is supported by the Office of Distance Education and eLearning: http://odee.osu.edu/
CarmenZoom resources https://resourcecenter.odee.osu.edu/carmenzoom
Email: carmenzoom@osu.edu | Phone: 614-688-HELP (4357)
If you have a disability and experience difficulty accessing this content, contact the Accessibility Help Line at 614-292-5000 or Text Telephone for the Deaf at 614-688-8743.

Ohio Power Dialog Landing Page

Sustainability Bike Tour (CANCELED)
April 8 from 4 - 7 p.m.
Student Recreation and Wellness Center
Hosted by Recreational Services Adventure Center

FREE! Come for a spring bike ride around campus to tour sustainability-themed groups here at Kent State. Hop on our bikeshare bikes to get some exercise, enjoy the outdoors, and learn how to help the planet. Preregistration is required. Online registration form
https://www.kent.edu/recservices/adventure-center-special-events 
https://www.kent.edu/recservices/event/sustainability-bike-tour

Biological Sciences Invasive Species Plant Workshop (CANCELED)
April 11 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Herrick Conservatory
Hosted by Biological Sciences

Volunteer for an invasive species pull with Dr. Emariana Widner and Dr. Ferenc DeSzalay. Volunteer to pull invasive plant species and remove trash near the Cunningham Hall wetlands. Meet at Herrick Conservatory Garage next to R-6 parking lot.To volunteer contact Melissa Davis: mdavis7@kent.edu 

Who’s Your Mama Environmental Film Fest (CANCELED)
April 17 from 6 - 9 p.m.
Kent State University KIVA Auditorium
Hosted by Standing Rock Cultural Arts and Kent State University Office of Sustainability

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!Check back for detailed descriptions and schedule updates, movie list released March 31: www.whosyourmama.org ADMISSION: General Admission: $10 Students and Seniors: $5.

Feminist Friday: Respect your Mother! (CANCELED)
April 17 from noon-1pm 
Williamson House
Hosted by Kent State University Women's Center, Kent State University Child Development Center, and Wick Poetry Center

Honoring and celebrating the European Beech outside the Williamson House through poetry and activities.

Alumni Day of Service (CANCELED)
April 18
Kent State University, multiple locations and times
Hosted by Kent State University Alumni Center

From New York to California, Kent State alumni join together to make a difference in their communities on Alumni Day of Service. Since 2009, Golden Flashes have celebrated this favorite tradition by volunteering. Let’s continue to spread more blue and gold pride into our communities on April 18, 2020 and make this year’s Alumni Day of Service the most impactful yet! As a thank you, all volunteers who register by March 30 will receive a free T-shirt. Be a part of Alumni Day of Service on Saturday, April 18 as Golden Flashes around the world join together to celebrate this favorite tradition. From helping build homes to serving thousands of meals to those in need, alumni share their Kent State pride, time and talents to make a difference in their communities.

https://www.kent.edu/alumni-day-of-service

Herrick Conservatory Plant Sale (CANCELED)
April 20- April 24 from 9 a.m. - 5 p. m.
The Herrick Conservatory, Cunningham Hall Greenhouse Hallway
Hosted by Herrick Conservatory

Promoting sustainable gardening, support local produce, grow your own! Various plants including gardening vegetables, herbs, and companion flowers.For more information contact Melissa Davis: mdavis7@kent.edu

Earth Day Limited Time Offer meals during lunch (CANCELED)
April 20 - April 24 during lunch
Dining Halls: Eastway, Prentice, and Market
Hosted by Dining Services

Stop by one of the all-you-care-to-eat dining facilities to sample a special plant based meal in honor of Earth Month! https://www.kent.edu/dining/dining-services-events

Plant Forward Chef Demo at Prentice Cafe Company  (CANCELED)
April 21 from 11 a. m. - 1 p. m.
Prentice Cafe Company
Hosted by Dining Services

Try a delicious plant-based Chef Demo in the Prentice Cafe Company from 11am-1pm.​​​​ https://www.kent.edu/dining/dining-services-events

Employee Wellness Lunch & Learn: Forgiveness (CANCELED)
April 20 noon - 1 p. m.
Heer Hall room 107
Hosted by Employee Wellness

Carrying around feelings of anger can hurt our health and relationships. This seminar provides participants with the tools to set themselves free from these feelings and move forward. We will: Define forgiveness; examine why forgiveness is important; and walk through the steps to forgive. REGISTER

Kent State University Earth Fest (CANCELED)
April 22 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Risman Plaza 
Hosted by Kent State University Earth Month Planning Committee and Office of Sustainability

300 FLASHPERKS! We invite you to join the Kent State University campus community for a fun-filled Earth Day event with music, give-aways, prize drawings, information and activities from more than 50 on and off campus organizations and departments. Celebrate progress toward a prosperous economy, social equity, and a healthy planet!
In case of inclement weather, 2nd floor Kent Student Center Ballroom.

2020 Organizations include:

  • Alpha Phi Omega
  • Biological Sciences
  • City of Kent Sustainability Commission
  • College of Aeronautics and Engineering- ZEV
  • Community Engaged Learning
  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park
  • Davey Resource Group, Inc
  • Department of Sociology and Healthy Communities Research Initiative (HCRI)
  • Division of Diversity Equity and Inclusion
  • Edible Kent
  • Environmental Education Council of Ohio (EECO)
  • Environmental Studies Major
  • EnviroScience, Inc.
  • Eta Sigma Gamma, Rho Chapter
  • Future Environmental Consultants of America
  • Green Dot
  • Green Energy Ohio
  • Habitat for Humanity: KSU
  • Herrick Conservatory
  • Herrick Conservatory and sustainability club
  • Kent Campus Tree Advisory Board
  • Kent Environmental Council
  • Kent State Environmental Society
  • Kent State of Wellness
  • Kent State University Career Exploration and Development
  • Kent State University Environmental Science and Design Research Initiative (ESDRI)
  • Kent State University Office of Sustainability
  • Kent State Women's Center
  • Kimble Recycling & Disposal, Inc.
  • KSU Biology Club
  • KSU Ocean Motion
  • KSU Recreational Services Adventure Center
  • Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District
  • ODNR - Division of Natural Areas and Preserves
  • Ohio EPA
  • Ohio Ocean Foundation
  • Ohio Wetlands Association
  • Philosophy Department (Kent State)
  • Portage Park District
  • Ready Set Grow Coalition
  • Standing Rock Cultural Arts
  • Sustainable Cleveland / City of Cleveland Mayor's Office of Sustainability
  • The Brewer-Garrett Company
  • The Ohio State University Extension
  • Thirst Project Club
  • VeoRide
  • Wick Poetry Center
     
Earth Day Event (CANCELED)
April 22 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Center for Architecture and Environmental Design in the John Elliot Center 
Hosted by University Libraries

Come celebrate Earth Day by exploring a collection of innovative and sustainable fabrics and design materials in the John Elliot Center for Architecture & Environmental Design (located above the Architecture Library, CAED Building). Join us for refreshments, Earth Day souvenirs and the chance to explore a physical and digital library of cutting-edge materials. University Libraries will be holding an Earth Day event on Wednesday, April 22, from 11 am - 1 pm in the John Elliot Center for Architecture & Environmental Design (located above the Architecture Library, CAED Building).

Plant Forward Taste Event at Eastway FFCO from 11am – 1pm (CANCELED)
April 22 from 11 a. m. - 1 p. m.
Eastway FFCO
Hosted by Dining Services

Try a plant forward taste event at Eastway FFCO from 11am-1pm.​​​​https://www.kent.edu/dining/dining-services-events

Earth Day DeStress Fest (CANCELED)
April 22 from 3:30 - 5:30 p. m.
KSU Campus Bookstore
Hosted by Kent State Campus Bookstore, Office of Sustainability, College Ave. and Herrick Conservatory

Explore books on green living and bring a little green into your room with a plant. Get crafty, relax and have fun making your own Earth Day button! Choose from the designs available or make your own! All button making supplies provided.

RecycleMania Tree Planting (CANCELED)
April 23, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m
To be determined location
Hosted by University Facilities Management Grounds Department, Office of Sustainability, and Residence Services

A tree planted in commemoration RecycleMania Residence Hall Hall vs. Hall winners. 

Cupcake Competition at Eastway FFCO and Prentice Café from 11am – 1pm (CANCELED)
April 23 from 11 a. m. - 1 p. m.
Eastway FFCO and Prentice Cafe Company
Hosted by Dining Services

Cupcake Competition at Eastway FFCO and Prentice Café from 11am – 1pm.​​​https://www.kent.edu/dining/dining-services-events

Kent State Day of Service (CANCELED)
April 24, multiple times
Multiple locations
Hosted by Community Engaged Learning

Come together with a large number of Kent students, faculty, and staff to have a positive impact on the community. Register as an individual to meet new people or register with your group. Transportation is provided from campus to service sites. View volunteer opportunities here: https://www.kent.edu/community/kent-state-day-service

https://www.kent.edu/community/days-service

Water Quality Quest with Dr. Lauren Kinsman-Costello Lab, Department of Biological Sciences (CANCELED)
April 25  from 10 a. m. - 1 p. m.
Meet in front of Cunningham all with boots and clothes that can get muddy
Hosted Dr. Lauren Kinsman-Costello, Department of Biological Sciences

Join scientists to explore KSU's surrounding aquatic ecosystems, learn how to take basic macroinvertebrate and water quality samples, and understand how the life in a stream teaches us the health of an ecosystem. Contribute to a long-term dataset to inform environmental and ecological work in your community. Visit the Kid's Korner for a short trip to the KSU ponds followed by a fun activity! Sign up to volunteer via a google form with QR code using snapchat on the flyer here. For additional questions contact Dr. Lauren Kinsman-Costello lkinsman@kent.edu

Youth Activism and Environmental Justice: From May 4th to the Sunrise Movement (CANCELED)
April 30 from 7 - 8:30 p. m.
TBD location
Hosted by the Department of Sociology with co-sponsors: Geography, the Healthy Communities Research Initiative (HCRI), and the Environmental Science and Design Research Initiative (ESDRI).

Each speaker will talk for 20 minutes and then we will open it up for questions and discussion. A small reception will follow. 

Speakers:
Tom Dietz, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology and Environmental Science and Policy, Michigan State University.
Tom graduated with a BA from KSU in 1972, was present during the shootings, and was a known environmental activist while here at KSU. He will speak about the connections between different activist movements at Kent State (e.g. environmental, anti-war) in the late 1960s, early 1970s and also discuss the importance role of youth activists in campaigns for environmental justice.

Nick Vitello, Ohio Climate Strike
Nick is one of the lead organizers of Ohio Climate Strike and regularly gives talks about the threat of global warming and activating young people to take action. They will talk about how KSU students can get involved in Ohio Climate Strike and other environmental justice campaigns.

Kent State University at Stark Earth Day Celebration (CANCELED)
April 19 from 1 - 4p. m.
Kent State University at Stark 
Campus Center and Pond & Wetlands Research Area
Hosted by Kent State University at Stark

Enjoy a free, family friendly afternoon filled with environmental educational activities, nature walks, games, crafts, mock fossil digs, entertainment, giveaways and much more! https://www.kent.edu/stark/earth-day-celebration

 

"Kent State Earth Fest promotes sustainability" by Makenna Brumbaugh, Kent Wired April 10, 2019

Earth Fest at Kent State

 

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