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Earth Month full of activities

Every April, people around the world celebrate the environment with a variety of events. This worldwide celebration comes to Ohio University through the Office of Sustainability.

OHIO’s annual Earth Month celebration begins with a film on April 3, kicking off a month of lectures, workshops, films, speakers and festivals. These events aim to educate and engage the OHIO community about various environmental subjects, encouraging individuals to change their habits for the benefit of the environment.

This year, Director of Sustainability Annie Laurie Cadmus and the Office of Sustainability took several months to plan various events with a team of student interns and employees.  

“This year, we wanted to capture a wide net of collaborations to better inform the OHIO community,” said Cadmus. “We also decided to include the Res Life Challenge this year, which began in February.”

The Res Life Challenge, which aims to teach about energy consumption reduction and ways the OHIO community can conserve energy through different behavior changes, will conclude on April 22.

This year’s main event is the half-day Earth Day festival on April 22 to celebrate the environment through numerous activities that do not require electricity. These events include yoga, smoothies, live music, swing dancing lessons and free pizza and will take place outside Memorial Auditorium from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Other Earth Month highlights include:

  • The Common Experience Project on Sustainability will sponsor the film “Last Call at the Oasis” on April 3 at the Athena Cinema. Admission is free and refreshments will follow.
  • Rural Action and the Office of Sustainability will conduct a workshop on April 12 outside the Bingham House from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Participants will learn about initiatives in Southeast Ohio aimed at increasing food security in the region and plant seedlings in the Ecohouse garden. The Office of Sustainability will donate a portion of the harvested seedlings to local food pantries this summer and fall. Snacks are provided, but participants must RSVP to sustainability@ohio.edu.
  • Engage with staff and board members of United Appeal for Athens County on April 20 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. for a variety of projects, including sustainable landscaping, painting, restoring building surfaces and installing energy efficient building upgrades. Travel to 469 Richland Ave. and light lunch will be provided, but with space for 22 participants, RSVP to sustainability@ohio.edu if interested. For more information, visit http://unitedappeal.wordpress.com/
  • Bring a lunch and stop by Baker 240 on April 30 from noon to 1 p.m. for an educational session outlining cost effective home upgrades and simple habit changes that can help lower utility bills. The Office of Sustainability will feature a video explaining home energy audits and affordable efficiency tips. Participants will be entered into a raffle for a free home energy audit (a $500 value) but must RSVP to sustainability@ohio.edu.

All events are free and open to the public.

What are you doing for Earth Month?

A full list of events can also be found at the Office of Sustainability website, www.ohio.edu/sustainability.

If your club or organization is hosting an Earth Month event, e-mail sustainability@ohio.edu to add it to the calendar of events.