Environmental clubs to host Earth Day

Stevenson University’s Center for Environmental Stewardship (CES) and the Environmental Club are teaming up for an Earth Day celebration on April 22 on the grass field near the stadium and Dell Family Pathway.

Senior Colby Stein shows off her “Reduce your Hoofprint” reusable bag that she won in the “Fill-It-Forward” challenge. (Photo from CES Facebook)

According to the Earth Day Network, the 2019 theme for Earth Day is to protect threatened and endangered species. The Earth Day Network’s mission is to build the world’s largest environmental movement, and to that end, it has created change through legislation that will help the United States become a healthier country.

The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970 by over 20 million Americans, according to Earth Day Network. Twenty years after the first Earth Day, the date has become a global event with over 200 million participants, according to the same site.

This year’s Earth Day celebration at Stevenson will be held on April 22 from 1-4 p.m. on the grass field adjacent to the Mustang Stadium field. This celebration will include native seed bomb making, succulent planting, metal straws, food, and gift card prizes. There will also be plenty of games for participants. An outdoor adventure representative from the Office of Campus Recreation will be at the event promoting their outdoor events.

The Center for Environmental Stewardship started a “Fill-It-Forward” campaign at the beginning of the spring 2019 semester to help reduce the use of plastic one-time-use water bottles. Students, faculty, and staff can still participate in the campaign, but it might be a tad late to be a top prize contender.

This program uses a barcode scan system in which participants scan a barcode on their water bottle every time they fill it up. The winner of the campaign will be the participant who fills his or her water bottle the most over the course of the semester, and will be announced during the Earth Day celebration.

It may be too late to be a top prize winner in the campaign, but it is not too late to win other additional prizes. There will be a raffle during Earth Day for which participants can sign up to win several prizes including a reusable cup, silicone straw, reusable bags, and water bottles.

The CES and Environmental Club’s goal for this year’s Earth Day is to “get people outside enjoying nature and to bring awareness to the CES and Environmental club message,” according to Colby Stein, a senior CES member.

Those eager to participate in Fill-It-Forward can sign up in the Center for Environmental Stewardship Office, located in the Manning Academic Center N181.

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