Every year, the Ursinus College Office of Sustainability holds a week-long celebration for Earth Day. This year, events ran from April 14th and ended on National Earth Day on April 22nd. Sustainability Fellows teamed up with partners on and off campus for an exciting week which challenged participants to consider how they would like to live together. Kicking off the week, the Sustainability Fellows hosted a tabling event in Lower Wismer to spread the word of what sustainability looks like at Ursinus, as well as to advertise the opening of 2019-2020 Fellows application period. The next day, Sustainability Fellow, Kait Lawrence, was joined by Dr. Onaci from both the History and the African American and Africana Studies departments to talk about environmentalism, race, and how these topics relate to our campus. Wednesday, Sustainability Fellows answered campus questions on sustainability topics through a special Text-A-Toastie event. Over 40 questions where answered and delivered to the participant with a grilled sandwich!
The week was highlighted by two main events, the first being a visit from Elmwood Park Zoo. Three animals came to visit us, Jackie the skink, Jerry the Chinchilla, and Zepplin the schreech owl. Students and faculty got to learn about endangered species and how Elmwood Park helps in rehabilitation of these species. Finally, on April 22nd (Earth Day), the Ursinus College Environmental Action club held their annual celebration, filled with t-shirt tie-dying, raffles, and fun.