Posted April 22, 2011 by Elizabeth Stringer 

Earth Day Celebrations in Full Swing

Today, campuses around the U.S. are celebrating Earth Day from eco fashion shows to chili cookoffs to documentary film screenings. Institutions host numerous events, many of which help the campus community consider the environment and how a simple action, such as recycling, can make a difference.

A popular theme in 2011 is to use Earth Day as a launching pad for new campus initiatives. Lehigh University is introducing a composting toilet to the university’s community garden. Emerson College is launching a new trayless cafeteria initiative. Iowa State University is unveiling new biodiesel campus buses, while American University plans to implement a Car Free Day, where the campus community is asked to find alternative forms of transportation.

Others campuses thought that one day was not enough, instead hosting a full week of Earth Day activities.

At California State University–Monterey Bay, students participated in a Bike Night, Campus Clean-Up Day, environmental-themed chalk art competition, as well as lectures. For a seventh year, the university offered the Bike-to-Breakfast event, where all those who transport to campus via bike or skateboard are able to receive a free breakfast. 

Colorado State University’s week-long celebration included the annual Earth Week Bike Parade, a clean energy tech expo, and film screenings. Similarly, Georgia Tech hosted film screenings as well as a book signing/drive, eco fashion show, and a sustainability bike tour. 

Wake Forest University is wrapping up their nearly two-week long celebration, which offered a chili cook-off, a trip to a local farmer’s market, donation drives, film screenings, panel discussions, and much more.

How did your campus celebrate Earth Day 2011?


Elizabeth Stringer

Elizabeth Stringer is the Senior Manager of Marketing & Communication at ACUI.


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