Human life is sustained by the earth every day. Humans set aside one day of the year to recognize the importance of the environment. The annual Earth Day celebration at Millersville University (MU) will do just that on April 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Memorial Center (SMC) Atrium and Promenade.
“Millersville University’s Earth Day celebration will feature campus and community sustainability efforts,” says MU’s Sustainability Manager Chris Steuer. “The Earth Day celebration gives us an opportunity to showcase our sustainability initiatives and to encourage others to get involved.”
While the international date of reflection and initiative is April 22, MU will celebrate a few days earlier to make the event accessible to as many faculty, staff and students as possible. Activities and displays will provide information about how students, faculty, staff and community members can create a more sustainable future. Participants will be entered for a chance to win prizes and giveaways including solar-powered device chargers.
For the first time, the 2017 event will recognize one faculty member, one staff member, one student and one group who help advance campus sustainability with Sustainability Champion awards given out by the Sustainability Committee. The Sustainability Champion award ceremony will take place at noon in the SMC Atrium.
University employees can take a tour of the recently reforested biological preserve by meeting at the Employee Wellness tables at 12 p.m. The Employee Wellness Committee, grounds crew and biology department, including Drs. John Wallace and Chris Hardy, are teaming up to lead the approximately 45-minute employee tour.
MU’s Earth Day celebration is led by the Sustainability Committee, Center for Sustainability, Office of Sustainability and student sustainability groups. University partners including Commuter Services of Pennsylvania, Red Rose Transit, Blue Rock Fire Rescue and Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories will also participate.
The Millersville community and general public are encouraged to attend MU’s free Earth Day celebration, and to assume a position of respect for the environment not just on April 20, but every day.