Earth Day at CSU

Admiration for our billion-year-old planet has not been slighted throughout Cleveland State University’s 2022 Earth Month

Cleveland State University’s Office of Sustainability and the Student Environmental Movement hosted the university’s annual Earthfest celebration on April 21, a day ahead of Earth Day this year.

Earthfest kicked off at 11:30 a.m. in the Student Center, featuring a large blow-up “dome” model of the Earth. Students circled the globe and conversed with exhibition hosts about CSU’s sustainability plan and Cleveland’s community mission to be greener.

During the fest, students were given the opportunity to fill up an “eco-passport” by visiting sustainability tables. With the passport, prizes were given for the most marked booklets.

Jackie HIll-Branch, a freshman Studio Art and Graphic Design major at CSU, designed t-shirts for this year’s fest. Alongside Hill-Branch was a collection of vintage clothing items, available for students to use as a trade-in.

A free bicycle checking service was also operated by the Ohio City Bicycle Co-op during the day.

Other Earth Day events that have been hosted include:

Levin College’s “Building Resilient Communities through Vacant Land Reuse” Zoom panel

Held from 4-5:30 p.m. on Thursday, this virtual chat focused on the effectiveness of reusing our environment, instead of wasting space. Matt Zone, Senior Vice President & Director of Thriving Communities Institute at Western Reserve Land Conservancy offered some examples of what creatively endorsing land recycling can do for the Cleveland community.

Lift Up Vikes! Food Pantry’s “Luv our Earth” edition

From 2:30-4:00 p.m. in Berkman Hall, the Lift Up Vikes! committee hosted a pantry drive in which students “showed their luv” for a greener world. After gifting free shopping totes to students, the offer was made available of entering a gift card raffle to every student who received a tote.

Students for a Cleaner Cleveland’s Earth Day litter collection

Led by SCC President Connor Mahon, the non-profit student group walked the campus and nearby streets to participate in clearing sidewalks of litter.

As there are more events for students to look forward to, Cleveland State University’s “Earth Month” will close soon for the recently taught greener Earth scholars.

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