EARTHDAY1The Earth is a valuable commodity. It contains the resources necessary for humans to sustain life. Since 1970, humans have set aside one day a year to recognize the importance of our planet and its valuable resources, known as Earth Day. Today, more than 192 countries celebrate Earth Day. This year, Millersville University (MU) will hold its annual Earth Day events on April 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Lombardo Welcome Center and the Student Memorial Center (SMC) Atrium.

While the international date of reflection and initiative is April 22, MU will celebrate a few days early to make the event accessible to as many faculty, staff and students as possible. In order to celebrate the opening of MU’s first Zero Energy building, The Lombardo Welcome Center, events will be held at both the (SMC) and the new zero energy building.

The University departments located in the Lombardo Welcome Center will open their doors for an open house to the University community to showcase their work and the new building from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Community and University Partners will have tables set up in the Lombardo lobby and the Anderson Center for Environmental Sustainability (Lombardo Presentation Room) to provide information on their sustainability-related work. The Student Sustainability Committee is organizing a chalk mural on the quad and leading to the rear entrance of the Lombardo Welcome Center, and WIXQ will air an environmental show and music over speakers in the rear of the building.

Other events include, electronics recycling provided by Sycamore International, and the Employee Wellness Committee self-guided sustainability tour of campus from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the SMC Promenade. The distribution of awards to the 2018 MU sustainability champions in the Anderson Center for Environmental Sustainability will take place at 12:05 p.m., and Commuter Services of Pennsylvania will recognize MU with an award for participation in their University Green Commute Month at 12:15 p.m.

MU’s Earth Day celebration is led by the Sustainability Committee, Center for Sustainability, Office of Sustainability and student sustainability groups. University partners include Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority (LCSWMA), Commuters Services of Pennsylvania, Sycamore Electronics, NuLife, Red Rose Transit, Eurofins, PSECU, TerraSol, Spillman Farmer Architects and Citizens Climate Lobby.

For more information about Earth Day and MU’s sustainability efforts, visit ‘Ville Sustainability.

 

 

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