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 2019 Kent State University Earth Month events at the Kent Campus were planned by the Earth Month Committee. Earth Month event collaborations include: Center for Student Involvement; 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; Human Resources Wellness; Kent State of Wellness; Office of Sustainability; School of Visual Communication Design; University Facilities Management Grounds Department; Wick Poetry Center; and student organizations: Biology Club; Herrick Conservatory and Sustainability Club; Kent State Environmental Society; Kent State Ocean Motion; Kent State Young Greens; Net Impact; Rent the Runway; and outside organizations: Standing Rock Cultural Arts and Cuyahoga Valley National Park.


2019 Earth Month Events

The Larry Pollock Kent State of Wellness Summit
April 3 from 5 - 8 p.m.
Kent Student Center Ballroom
Hosted by Kent State of Wellness

Attend this interactive event to discuss mental health on college campuses. The theme is “State of Mind: Creating a Community of Health, Hope and Awareness.” The keynote speaker is Alison Malmon, founder and executive director of Active Minds. Healthy appetizers from the university’s Dining Services will be served during the event. The event is free and open to all, but online registration is required by March 28, 2019, at This event is worth 300 FLASHperks points. 

On the Move Challenge Kickoff and Rec and Play Day
April 5 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Event for faculty and staff at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center
Hosted by Kent State University Division of Human Resources

Come and get re-energized at the Rec and Play day on Friday, April 5.  Hours will be 11:30 am – 1:30 pm at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center. Come when you can for as long as you can! You’ll have an opportunity to pick from a variety of fun activities, like archery, giant Jenga, spin classes, rock climbing, Bullzibucket, and more.  In addition, they’ll have some light refreshments, opportunities to win prizes, mix and mingle with co-workers, and learn what’s new for 2019 from your Employee Wellness Team.  Kent State dining services and recreational services staff will also be on hand to share in all the festivities and provide “new” news in dining and rec. For more information visit

Who’s Your Mama Environmental Film Fest 
April 7 from 2 - 5 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: ADMISSION:  $5 Adults. $3 Student Admission


  • 1.  “Powers of Ten”  8:48. USA. 1977.  Charles and Ray Eeames
  • 2.  “Astronomer's Paradise”  5:42. Austria. Remastered Edition.  2019.  Christoph Malin.  Remastered by Martin Heck
  • 3.  “Crac!”  15:01.  Canada. 1981.  Frederic Back
  • 4.  “Isle De Jean Charles”  8:50.   USA. 2014.   Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee
  • 5.  “The First Thunder”  5:00.  Russia. 2019.  Anastasia Melikhova
  • 6.  “Strike for Climate”  TED talk with 16 year old Activist Greta Thunberg.  11:11.  Stockholm
  • 7.  “The Sun On Top Of The House”  13:48.  Canada.  2018.  Farhan Umedaly
  • 8.  “She Who Measures”  6:51.  Croatia. 2008.. VELJKO POPOVIĆ
  • 9. “Thermostat 6”.   4:48.  France.  2018.  MAYA AV-RON & MARION COUDERT & MYLÈNE COMINOTTI & SIXTINE DANO.  Gobelins Studio.
  • 10.  Among Giants.  12:50.  USA.  2011.  Sam Price-Waldman, Chris Cresci, and Ben Mullinkosson.
  • 11.  The Legend of Crabe Phare.  6:32.  France. 2019.
On the Move Challenge Starts April 8
Kent State University
Hosted by Kent State University Division of Human Resources

It's that time of year again! For the past 3 years Kent State University employees participated in On the Move Challenge, a 12-week national corporate competition. For more information visit

Spring Cleaning Clothing Swap with Global Fashion Citizens
April 9 from 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Kent State Student Center room 313
Hosted by Global Fashion Citizens Student Organization

Swapping out your old clothes rather than throwing them away. Bring whatever clothes you have in your closet that you no longer wear and swap them for new pieces. This is a good opportunity to do some spring cleaning or try the Marie Kondo method. Get rid of clothes that no longer bring you joy. For more information visit GFC facebook or GFC website.

Kent State University Earth Fest
April 10 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. Join us as we celebrate all areas of sustainability including prosperity (economy), people (social), and planet (environment)! In case of inclement weather, 2nd floor Kent Student Center Ballroom.

Organizations include:

  • Biological Sciences
  • City of Kent Sustainability Commission
  • Cleveland Metroparks 
  • College of Aeronautics and Engineering- ZEV
  • Cuyahoga River Restoration
  • Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center
  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park
  • Davey Resource Group, Inc
  • Division of Diversity Equity and Inclusion
  • Environmental Education Council of Ohio
  • Environmental Studies
  • EnviroScience Inc.
  • Family & Community Services Portage County Clothing Center 
  • Geauga Park District 
  • Green Dot
  • Green Energy Ohio
  • Haymaker Farmers' Market
  • Herrick Conservatory Greenhouse 
  • Holden Forest & Gardens 
  • Kent Environmental Council
  • Kent State of Wellness
  • Kent State University Adventure Center
  • Kent State University Adventure Center Bikeshare Program
  • Kent State University's Environmental Science and Design Research Initiative (ESDRI)
  • ODNR Division of Natural Areas and Preserves
  • Office of Sustainability
  • Ohio Environmental Protection Agency
  • Philosophy Department, KSU
  • Portage Park District 
  • Recreational Services 
  • Standing Rock Cultural Arts
  • Stark Parks
  • Student Organization: Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity
  • Student Organization: Biology Club
  • Student Organization: KSU Habitat for Humanity
  • Student Organization: Herrick Conservatory and Sustainability Club
  • Student Organization: Kent State Environmental Society
  • Student Organization: Net Impact 
  • Student Organization: Ocean Motion
  • Student Organization: Ohio Green Party
  • Student Organization: Rent the Runway
  • Student Organization: Sustainable Living at Kent
  • The Brewer-Garrett Company
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Tree Advisory Board 
  • United States Department of Agriculture NRCS
  • University Dining Services
  • West Creek Conservancy; Mill Creek Watershed Partnership
  • Wick Poetry Center
  • Women's Center
Three Part Series on Mindfulness/Attentional Fitness begins April 10
April 10, 19, 24
Hosted by Kent State University Division of Human Resources

Improve your ability to focus, recharge, and connect. Part 2 takes place April 19, Part 3 takes place on April 24. For information and registration, please go to

No Sew T-shirt Bags with Sustainable Living at Kent State University Student Organization
April 10 from 7 - 8 p.m.
Kent State Student Center room 315
Hosted by Sustainable Living at Kent State University Student Organization

Join the Sustainable Living at Kent State organization to create reusable grocery/shopping bags made of your own old t-shirts! No sewing skills required. For more information visit:

Kent State University Day of Service
April 12 from 8:45 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Various Service Sites
Hosted by Community Engaged Learning

Share your Kent State pride, time, talents and collective power of volunteerism to make a difference in your community. Join current students, faculty, staff and community members for this day of service on Friday, April 12.  Register to VOLUNTEER 

Kent State University Day of Service: River Cleanup with Kent State University Adventure Center
April 12 from 1 - 5 p.m.
Hosted by Kent State University Adventure Center Community Engaged Learning

Join current students, faculty, staff and community members for this day of service on Friday, April 12.  Register to VOLUNTEER

Fossil Free Fashion with Communication in Global Society students
April 12 from 12 - 2 p.m.
Tri Towers Rotunda
Hosted by Communication in Global Society Course Student Group Project

Fossil Fuel Free Fashion will be a clothing swap/upcycling event where students, faculty, and staff will have the opportunity to bring their washed, gently used, unwanted clothing in order to swap their clothes for clothes that we have in inventory at our event. Participants will be able to visit our upcycling clinic where their clothing can be altered and upcycled to look more fashionable. Event participants will also have the chance to win prizes! The event will be held on Friday, April 12th, from noon to 2pm in the Rotunda at Tri-Towers. All remaining clothing will be donated to women's shelters and Goodwill. 300 FlashPerks! For more information visit Fossil Free Fashion KSU Twitter or Fossil Free Fashion KSU Instagram

Kent State Mini Maker Faire
April 12 from 12 - 4 p.m.

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! For more info visit

Water Quality Quest with Dr. Lauren Kinsman-Costello, Department of Biological Sciences
April 13 from 9:30 a.m. - noon
Multiple Collection Sites
Hosted Dr. Lauren Kinsman-Costello, Department of Biological Sciences

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 2019 Earth Day Water Quality Quest, 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:

Kent State University Earth Month Guest Speaker: Dr. Joseph Ortiz, Kent State University Professor and Assistant Chair in the Department of Geology: Projected Climate Change in the coming decades
April 17 at 6 p.m.
Kent State University KIVA 
Hosted by Kent State University Office of Sustainability

300 FLASHPERKS! Which future? Projected Climate Change in the coming decades. Kent State scientist discusses two climate assessment reports: 4th National Climate Assessment and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C: timeline of human activity, anticipated impacts of climate change, global scale actions needed to minimize the amount of anthropogenic climate change in the coming decades.

Faculty/Staff Health and Wellness Fair 
April 17 & 18 from 11:40 a.m. - 1:30 p. m. event for faculty/staff at the Student Recreation & Wellness Center
Hosted by Kent State University Division of Human Resources

Check out the Faculty/ Staff Health & Wellness Fair at the Student Recreation & Wellness Center. Visit the employee wellness calendar for more details

Biological Sciences Invasive Plant Workshop
April 20 from 9:30 a.m. - noon
Cunningham Hall Wetland
Hosted by Biological Sciences

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:

Painted Rain Barrel Display at the Herrick Conservatory
April 22 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m
Herrick Conservatory
Hosted by Biological Sciences

View painted rain barrels at the Herrick Conservatory Greenhouse for a self-guided tour. For more information contact Melissa Davis:

Kent State University Libraries Earth Day Celebration!
April 22 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m
Center for Architecture & Environmental Design, Room M110A, located above the Architecture Library
Hosted by University Libraries

Please join the Architecture and Fashion libraries’ Earth Day celebration featuring Material ConneXion which is a worldwide collection of material samples originating from an extensive network of sources. Explore, touch and experience unique, sustainable and innovative design materials. Learn about the Material ConneXion’s database and see resources from the Architecture and Fashion Libraries. Stop in for refreshments and an Earth Day souvenir. For more information visit:

Kent State University Earth Month Guest Speaker: Cuyahoga Valley National Park Ranger Arrye Rosser: A Century of River Clean Up in Cuyahoga Valley
April 22 at 6:30 p.m.
Kent State University KIVA 
Hosted by Kent State University Office of Sustainability

300 FLASHPERKS! A Century of River Clean Up in Cuyahoga ValleyJune 22, 1969 was the last and most infamous Cuyahoga River fire. What began as a minor local news story grew into a powerful symbol of the modern environmental movement. How was the Cuyahoga transformed from a health hazard to the centerpiece of a national park? Through archival research and interviews, Ranger Arrye Rosser has been piecing together the 100-year history within Cuyahoga Valley. We’ll also talk about how Northeast Ohio is celebrating the river's renewal--and how you can get involved.

University Dining Services Plant Forward Passport: April 22- April 25
April 22 - April 25
Multiple Locations
Hosted by University Dining Services

Stop by one of the all-you-care-to-eat dining facilities to sample a special plant based meal. Each time you get a plant-based meal collect a special stamp in your Plant Forward Passport! Collect 3+ passport stamps to be entered into a raffle. For more information contact Kristeena Blaser, University Dining Services Sustainability Coordinator

  • April 22 Eastway Fresh Food Company from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Plant Forward Passport Kickoff 
  • April 23 Prentice Cafe from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Make Your Day Smoothie
  • April 24 The Market (2nd Floor of the Student Center) from 11:30 a. m. to 1:30 p. m. For the Love of Lentils
  • April 25 Eastway from 11 a. m. - 2 p. m. Transformation Station Take Over
Arbor Day/RecycleMania Tree Planting
April 25, 1 p.m
To be determined location
Hosted by University Facilities Management Grounds Department, Office of Sustainability, and Residence Services

A tree planted in commemoration of Arbor Day and RecycleMania. Kent State University is proud to recognized as a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation for the 11th consecutive year.

Green Energy Ohio Annual Meeting Reception
April 25 from 6 - 8 p.m
Kent State University, The John Elliott Center for Architecture & Environmental Design
Hosted by Green Energy Ohio

The GEO Annual Meeting Reception will be held on April 25 at Kent State University. Join us the evening of Thursday, April 25 for the 2019 GEO Annual Meeting Reception at Kent State University. Experience this exceptional building, celebrate with GEO award winners, learn about GEO activities, and enjoy refreshments in the company of clean energy advocates! GEO will hear from business, nonprofit, academic, and government award winners -- Kent State will be receiving the academic institution award and the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections will receive the government entity award for their Solar Schoolhouse Program. Stay tuned for more award winners! GEO will showcase collaborations that have made a difference for Ohioans, and of course you'll have a chance to enjoy refreshments and the company of other GEO members and supporters! Registration is required: $25 for couple or $15 for individual. Register here

Cyber BioBlitz Project for Center for Ecology and Natural Resources Sustainability
April 26
Kent State University Campus
Hosted by Herrick Conservatory and Sustainability Club and Biology Club Student Organizations 

Join the iNaturalist KSU CENRS Project with the Herrick Conservatory and Sustainability Club and Biology Club. Look for campus trees to document! There is no meeting place for this event, it is a cyber event and individuals take photos on any campus and post their findings on the iNaturalist project web page.  Registration opens at the April 10th Earth Fest Event. Find the Student Organization's (Biology Club and Herrick Conservatory Club) tables for more information or contact Melissa Davis to register. 

Climate Change Grove Tree Planting
April 27 from 9:30 a. m. - 12 p. m.
Kent State University Climate Change Grove
Hosted by Biological Sciences and University Facilities Management Grounds Department 

Meet at the SRWC Disc Golf Course Hole 3. Help plant trees in Kent State University's Climate Change Grove. Kent State University implemented a climate change grove that also offers opportunities for research. The tree grove, located behind the Student Recreation and Wellness Center on the Kent Campus, was created through a partnership between University Facilities Management and the Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences. The trees were planted by students, Kent State alumni and other volunteers during the university’s annual Alumni Day of Service in 2018. For more information contact Melissa Davis: 

Alumni Day of Service
April 27 
Multiple Service Sites
Hosted by Kent State University Alumni Office

Each year Golden Flashes around the world join together to celebrate the tradition of Alumni Day of Service. On this day, alumni share their Kent State pride, time and talents to make a difference in their communities. From helping build homes to serving thousands of meals for those in need, alumni show how great an impact they can make when #FlashesGiveBack. For more information visit:

Herrick Conservatory Plant Sale
April 29 - May 3 
The Herrick Conservatory, Cunningham Hall Greenhouse Hallway and the Student Center
Hosted by 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: 

Kent State University at Stark Earth Day Celebration
April 28, 1 - 4 p.m.
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! For more information visit


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

Earth Fest at Kent State


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