Wayne State University is celebrating the 52nd Earth Day for the rest of April by recognizing this special day (and month) through a series of activities and actions.
“Earth Day serves as an opportunity to pause and think about just how important the Earth is to us. This is especially true now, as we continue to navigate through a pandemic during which many of us found nature as a release to the anxieties of the unknown,” said Grace Maves with WSU’s Office of Campus Sustainability. “On top of that, we are increasingly seeing and experiencing the negative effects of climate change within our local and global communities. Recent reports demand urgent responses, and there are many great organizations that provide a platform for you to take action here at Wayne State and beyond.”
All are welcome to get involved in the opportunities listed below:
Plant-forward Premium Dinner
April 21, 5 p.m.
During the Premium Dinner event hosted by WSU Dining Services, Executive Chef Bria will be plating a plant-forward menu in celebration of Earth Month.
Location: Towers Café
Compost and Sustainability Education Pop-up
April 22, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Compost Warriors will be popping up in Towers Café, where they will share information on why community-scale composting is important and what Wayne State is doing to reduce food waste while improving the health of Detroit’s soil.
Earth Day Film Festival
April 22, 5 to 8 p.m.
A series of insightful short films will highlight several Detroit-based environmental initiatives and global issues. Following each short film will be discussions on how to create a kinder, more sustainable planet for generations to come. This event is a collaboration between WSU’s Environmental Science Program, T-RUST, Warrior Sustainability and Plastic Oceans. There will be special sustainability-related giveaways provided at this event.
Location: DeRoy Auditorium, Room 146
Volunteer Day to Celebrate Earth Month
April 23, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Volunteer with Warrior Sustainability, PIRGIM and FoodPLUS Detroit at Georgia Street Community Collective, a local urban farm and community center just a few miles off campus. This is the site where Wayne State University delivers its campus food and yard waste for composting . Don't miss out on the opportunity to see the compost process up close and personal.
Location: Georgia Street Community Collective (8902 Vinton St., Detroit, MI)
Campus Bird Walk with Detroit Audubon
April 26, 9 to 10 a.m.
Get your mind off finals (or anything else) and relax a little to take a stroll around campus and enjoy the local wildlife. Some binoculars are available with pre-registration.
Location: Fountain Court
Green House Tour, Bring Your Kids to Work Day (exclusive for WSU employees and their kids)
April 28, 1 to 3 p.m.
Join Detroit Biodiversity Network in the Science Hall Greenhouse as they host a "Bring Your Kids to Work Day" event. They'll be helping kids and their families plant seeds and seedlings to take home.
Location: Greenhouse on the fourth floor of Science Hall
Sign up: Email Dimitri Kakaris at Dimitri.KP@wayne.edu
Arbor Day Tree Planting
April 29, 11:30 a.m.
Facilities Planning & Management, along with Grounds Services, will be planting a tree to wrap up Earth Month and celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Arbor Day.
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Earth Month Acts of Service
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