Kent State University Hosts Online Celebration for 50th Anniversary of Earth Month; HR Faculty/Staff News; April 13, 2020

Kent State University Hosts Online Celebration for 50th Anniversary of Earth Month

If you’re looking for ways to connect to Earth Day events, look no further than Kent State’s 50th Anniversary celebration of the very first Earth Day, April 22, 1970, when more than 20 million Americans participated in one of the largest grassroots community service movements ever, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Now celebrated annually by nearly a billion people worldwide, Earth Day on the Kent Campus will be recognized with virtual happenings, plus opportunities to connect to other global virtual events.

Hosted by The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, online Earth Month events include:

Poets for Science
Founder and Curator: Jane Hirshfield; Partner: Kent State University Wick Poetry Center

Meditation with Kent State of Wellness
Monday through Friday, ends May 28
Hosted by Kent State of Wellness

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

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

Sustainability Cover Letter Workshop
April 13 through April 30
Hosted by Michelle Adkins, Career Advisor for Sustainability, Energy, and Natural Resources

Feminist Friday: Respect your Mother!
Hosted by Kent State University Women's Center, Kent State University Child Development Center, and Wick Poetry Center

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

Digital Earth Day
April 22
Hosted by Earth Day Network

Earth Optimism 2020 Summit
April 23 – 25
Hosted by Smithsonian Conservation Commons

RecycleMania Tree Planting celebrated on social media
Hosted by University Facilities Management Grounds Department, Office of Sustainability, and Residence Services

In 1970, Earth Day founder and U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson came up with the idea for a national teach-in day to focus on the environment.April 22, 1970, was selected because it fell between spring break and final exams. Kent State and other institutions across the nation participated. The Flashes hosted a series of "Think Week" lectures with featured speakers like former Secretary of Interior Steward Udall, and legendary environmental advocate and consumer champion Ralph Nader.

All Kent Campus Earth Month events were planned by the Earth Month Committee and spearheaded by the Office of Sustainability. Check the website for updates.

POSTED: Monday, April 13, 2020 12:00 AM
Updated: Friday, December 9, 2022 11:23 AM