Celebrating Earth Day on Your Campus
March 3rd, 2019
Many of you probably remember celebrating Earth Day as a kid. Maybe you did a craft using recyclable material, planted some seeds, or did a cool science experiment. Earth Day is a staple in most elementary curriculums, but it’s important to remember that Earth Day isn’t just for kids.
There is a lot that you can do on your campus to both promote environmental sustainability and allow for some fun. Now is the perfect time to start planning what April 22nd will look like on your campus. Here are a few of our favorite program ideas that we've seen schools bring to their campuses:
Photo Water Bottles or Travel Mugs
According to Forbes, by 2050 the weight of plastic filling our oceans will be greater than that of fish. Similarly, billions of disposable coffee cups are used and discarded every year. One way to combat the waste is using reusable water bottles or mugs. Provide your campus with the perfect personalized reusable containers for any beverage.
Clean Up Scavenger Hunt
This one’s really cool. Make cleaning up your campus both fun and eye-opening. Your students will be shocked by just how easy it is to check off every item on the list. While their collecting items like discarded water bottles, food wrappers, cigarette butts and more, maybe they’ll start to rethink their own treatment of the environment.
DYO Ceramic Pots
Potting or planting some greenery is one of the most common Earth Day activities. Add an extra element of fun by allowing your students to decorate their own ceramic pots. These plants are the perfect addition to any dorm room or apartment.
How does donating clothes or shopping consignment help our environment? According to One Green Planet, it prevents unwanted clothing that is still usable from filling landfills and cuts down on pollution associated with shipping new items. Provide a place where students can give away unwanted clothing in a sustainable way and potentially walk away with something new to them.
Reusable Tote Bags
Decrease the number of plastic bags that are filling landfills and our oceans with Personalized Reusable Tote Bags. This program is ideal for campuses with a lot of off-campus housing or apartment-style living.
Invite Local Restaurants or Grocers
There are so many benefits to buying local. Organize a food festival or meet-and-greet with restaurants, grocers, or farms in your area to make your students aware of healthy options they might not have considered.
One way to cultivate respect for the environment on your campus is to simply get people outside to enjoy it! Giant Board Games and lawn games are a great way to get your students to enjoy the great outdoors.
Need some more inspiration? Check out some of these inspiring programs from colleges and universities across the country. If you are looking for specific ideas that will suit your campus, call us at 781-436-3187.
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Dolm, JJ. “9 Reasons Thrift Shopping Helps The Planet and Your Cool Factor.” One Green Planet, One Green Planet, 26 Feb. 2019, www.onegreenplanet.org/lifestyle/why-thrift-shopping-helps-the-planet-and-your-cool-factor/.