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Happy Earth Day from ADP: We salute the #EarthDayChamps!

Earth dayHappy Earth Day from the American Democracy Project!

In celebration of our planet, today we are sharing this article from The Wall Street Journal with you.

Johnson Controls, a global leader in delivering solutions that increase energy efficiency in buildings, has just released its Top Earth Day Champions in Education list to highlight higher education institutions in the United States that saved the carbon equivalent of 91,800 acres of forest through energy efficiency and renewable energy projects at their facilities.

At the top of the list are the following five schools (Missouri State University is an ADP Campus, and Lone Star College is Democracy Commitment member):

  1. University of  Massachusetts Amherst  (Amherst, Mass.)
  2. Missouri State  University  (Springfield, Mo.)
  3. Lone Star College  (Houston, Texas)
  4. Youngstown State  University (Youngstown,  Ohio)
  5. Tulane University (New  Orleans, La.)

Congrats to these Earth Day Champs!

Please let us know what Earth Day activities your campus is engaging in today and everyday!

ADP partners with the Earth Day Network’s MobilizeU to help make Every Day, Earth Day

The American Democracy Project is proud to announce a partnership with the Earth Day Network’s MobilizeU project. MobilizeU is a month-long effort to engage campus communities around four weeks of meaningful environmental efforts, from March 29-April 29, 2012. The Earth Day Network’s goals of scaling-up and sustaining longer-term environmental initiatives is in keeping with ADP’s efforts to make civic learning and engagement more central to our campus missions and work: rather than merely celebrating Earth Day, we can engage our campuses and communities in efforts to make our communities more healthy and sustainable on and before Earth Day, and every day.

I hope you’ll join us!

Jen Domagal-Goldman, National Manager, American Democracy Project

MobilizeU

By Carra Cheslin, Earth Day University Campaign Coordinator, Earth Day Network

College and university students have consistently been at the forefront of the environmental movement, rallying and taking a stand for our planet. 2012 will be a critical year for the environment; as our climate and natural environment are rapidly changing, a host of major national elections occur, and the prominent Rio+20 Summit on Sustainable Development takes the world stage. Thus the time is now for universities to again lead the way in creating environmental change.

As part of Earth Day Network’s global effort to Mobilize The Earth™, Earth Day University is activating college students to join the MobilizeU movement and enable their campus environmental initiatives to have a greater impact than ever before.

MobilizeU is an international competition between colleges and universities that calls upon students to mobilize their campus communities around four weeks of environmental activism surrounding Earth Day 2012 (March 29 – April 29). Over the month-long competition, students will organize activities such as campus clean-ups, new voter registration drives and Earth Day events, as well as amplify environmental initiatives they are already working on at their schools.

Each of these activities will be broken down into a calculable number of “acts of green” – actions that either educate someone about the environment or reduce an individual’s carbon footprint. During each week of the competition, School Coordinators from each participating university will report the number of acts of green they generated and post a creative photo or video documenting their efforts to the MobilizeU Facebook hub. A central objective of MobilizeU is to build an international movement of student environmental activists. Thus, student Regional Coordinators will be working to initiate an exchange of ideas as well as a sense of community between students across the world.

Every act of green generated during MobilizeU will contribute to Earth Day Network’s global A Billion Acts of Green® initiative which will be presented to world leaders at the Rio+20 Summit on Sustainable Development this June. Thus, MobilizeU provides a platform for college students to amplify their environmental initiatives on an international level have a significant influence on global environmental change.

Students: Join the movement and Mobilize your U today as a Regional Coordinator or a School Coordinator.

You can view the MobilizeU YouTube video here.

You can download the MobilizeU Toolkit MobilizeU Tooklit.

Contact MobilizeU@earthday.org for more information.

Campus Spotlight: SUNY Fredonia Celebrates Earth Week

By Sherri A. Mason, State University of New York (SUNY) Fredonia

The key to saving our planet is simply to find a way to live in harmony with it. That means finding a balance in what we take from the Earth and what we give back to it. It is not about abstinence or extremes, it is about harmony and symbiosis. It is about finding the balance, in ourselves, our lives, and our society.

SUNY Fredonia’s Earth Week series is intended to provide activities and educational events to raise awareness of the breadth of sustainability issues facing our society and provide the tools necessary to reduce our negative impact upon our home.

Fredonia hosted its first ever Earth Week series of events in 2008 primarily as a voice to the then newly created Sustainability Committee. Now in its fourth year, the Earth Week Series has become one of the largest and most prominent annual events on the SUNY Fredonia campus. While our first two Earth Week Series of events were very successful, we took our community engagement and educational outreach activities to a whole new level with Earth Week 2010 and 2011 through our collaboration with the SUNY Fredonia Academic Community Engagement (FACE) Center.

The FACE center promotes campus and community collaboration in the areas of civic engagement, sustainability, service learning, and community-based research.

Past Earth Week Series:

Earth Week 2010: Be The Change

Earth Week 2009: Rethink. React. Restore.

Earth Week 2008: Our Home. Our Earth. Our Choice.

Since its launch, the Earth Week Series has grown into one of the biggest and best attended event series on the SUNY Fredonia campus. In 2010, it had grown to 42 events occurring over 11 days! Owing to its size and the need to be sustainable everyday, not just Earth Day, in 2011 the Earth Week series grew into the Sustainability Series, which occurred through the Spring 2011 semester (January through May, 2011). Our Sustainability/Earth Week Series of events include: guest speakers, film screenings, panel presentations, Eco-Fairs, Beach Clean-Ups and Tree Planting activities to name a few examples.

The planning for this year’s Earth Week Series was led by the Sustainability Committee and the FACE Center, plus numerous student groups such as the Campus Climate Challenge, Political Science Association, Public Relations Student Association, Physics Club, Women’s Student Union, etc. We also organize events with departmental representatives from across campus including Dance, Theater, Music, Political Science, Geosciences, Chemistry, etc.

We host a number of events in the community making use of our Opera house for two performances of ‘Arts for the Earth’, making use of our Village Commons area for a ‘Dumpster Dive’ and making use of local Coffee Houses for Film Screenings and panel discussions. Additionally we engage community members who also serve as environmental activists to serve as panelists for our discussions. We also host events such as the Green expo and Shake the habit which feature and encourage our local business community to be more sustainability minded and feature their green initiatives.

Our goals is to reach out to a wide array of people and organizations and to provide multiple venues/activities for people of various backgrounds to engage using artist interpretations, movies, actions- dumpster dives, duathlons, tree plantings, clean-ups. We recognize that every person has their own entry point into caring about the environment- all of that diversity.

To learn more about SUNY Fredonia’s innovative Earth Week Series, visit this website. To learn more about the FACE Center, visit this website.

What did your campus do for Earth Day/Week?

Native Plant Gardens

Dumpster Diving for Earth Week

Organic Lawn Care

Acts of Green: ADP Announces New Partnership with the Earth Day Network

The American Democracy Project is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Earth Day Network on two new initiatives. The first is the Global Conversation Day and the second is the Billion Acts of Green project. Please take a moment to read about these exciting projects. If you are interested in participating in either project, please contact Lauren Rohrer.

ADP is a strong supporter of the Earth Day Network and is looking forward to working closely with the Network to bring more Earth Day programming to ADP campuses. – Cecilia M. Orphan, American Democracy Project

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By Guest Blogger Lauren Rohrer, Earth Day Network

For the past two years I worked as a student leader in ADP’s eCitizenship initiative while I was a student at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. I helped facilitate student engagement in campus activities with the use of social media tools such as Facebook and Twitter. In my two years working with the American Democracy Project, I learned the importance of civic engagement and community involvement.

This mentality and skills-set has been crucial and ever-present in my current line of work at Earth Day Network. Earth Day Network is a non-profit environmental organization that works with over 22,000 partners and 192 countries on Earth Day events. The organization was born out of the first Earth Day, April 22, 1970, in which students organized protests and demonstrations that led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency, the Endangered Species Act, and the Clean Air and Water Act.  Today, in addition to helping organize Earth Day events around the world, Earth Day Network runs a host of domestic and international campaigns.  Two of the campaigns that I am working on are Campus Global Day of Conversation and Billion Acts of Green.  My role in both programs is to help students facilitate environmental policy change.

In our Campus Global Day of Conversation campaign, we are encouraging college students to engage their campus administrations and their state andfederal government officials in constructive dialogue centered on the environment and sustainability. Campus Global Day of Conversation brings students together with local government officials, who are on the front lines of local environmental issues and have been creating innovative ways to combat climate change on a local level. College students are a key element in this discussion as stakeholders in creating a new vibrant green economy that will provide jobs for students in the near future. This is a perfect opportunity to become an active citizen and express your concern for ensuring a positive future for the world, the health of our environment and the promise of a new economy built on green jobs.

Our Billion Acts of Green campaign works with people around the world to generate environmental service acts and create referendum for environmental change through action. The goal of this campaign is to collect a Billion Acts of Green prior to the Rio +20 Earth Summit in 2012. It is the largest environmental service campaign in the world and it has already inspired over 46 million acts of green. I am working with college and university students across the country to pledge acts of green and inspire campus participation.  To bolster this effort, Earth Day Network has launched A Billion Acts of Green University Challenge, a nationwide competition amongst campuses to see who can generate the most acts of green.

From working on my college campus in New Jersey, to working with university and college students across our country, civic engagement has been a powerful tool to propel change. I am excited to work with Earth Day Network to re-vitalize the passion of student environmental activism and help initiate change.

For the past two years I worked as a student leader in the American Democracy Project, eCitizenship, on the campus of The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. My role focused on facilitating student engagement in campus activities with the use of social media tools such as Facebook and Twitter. In my two years working with the American Democracy Project, I learned the importance of civic engagement and community involvement.

This mentality and skills-set has been crucial and ever-present in my current line of work at Earth Day Network. Earth Day Network is a non-profit environmental organization that works with over 22,000 partners and 192 countries on Earth Day events. The organization was born out of the first Earth Day, April 22, 1970, in which students organized protests and demonstrations that led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency, the Endangered Species Act, and the Clean Air and Water Act.  Today, in addition to helping organize Earth Day events around the world, Earth Day Network runs a host of domestic and international campaigns.  Two of the campaigns that I am working on are Campus Global Day of Conversation and Billion Acts of Green.  My role in both programs is to help students facilitate environmental policy change.

In our Campus Global Day of Conversation campaign, we are encouraging college students to engage their campus administrations and their state and federal government officials in constructive dialogue centered on the environment and sustainability. Campus Global Day of Conversation brings students together with local government officials, who are on the frontlines of local environmental issues and have been creating innovative ways to combat climate change on a local level. College students are a key element in this discussion as stakeholders in creating a new vibrant green economy that will provide jobs for students in the near future. This is a perfect opportunity to become an active citizen and express your concern for the preservation of our future, such as the fate of our environment and the promise of a new economy built on green jobs.

Our Billion Acts of Green campaign works with people around the world to generate environmental service acts and create referendum for environmental change through action. The goal of this campaign is to collect a Billion Acts of Green prior to the Rio +20 Earth Summit in 2012. It is the largest environmental service campaign in the world and it has already inspired over 46 million acts of green. I am working with college and university students across the country to pledge acts of green and inspire campus participation.  To bolster this effort, Earth Day Network has launched A Billion Acts of Green University Challenge, a nationwide competition amongst campuses to see who can generate the most acts of green.

From working on my college campus in New Jersey, to working with university and college students across our country, civic engagement has been a powerful tool to propel change. I am excited to work with Earth Day Network to re-vitalize the passion of student environmental activism and help initiate change.  For more information on Campus Global Day of Conversation and Billion Acts of Green and on how you can get involved please email me.

Innovation Grants at UNK

By John Anderson, University of Nebraska at Kearney

In the fall of 2009, ADP at the University of Nebraska at Kearney began a grant program that awards funds to students who plan to engage in activities that improve the campus and community. Successful proposals had to show they would make a positive impact and had to provide evidence of collaboration with other student organizations.

The program provided four projects with grants of about $500 each. The initial grant recipients were treated as pilots and considerable leniency was provided them. In the end, we saw students complete a toiletry drive for the Nebraska AIDS Project, host a Green Fair on Earth Day and launch our Recycled Cycles project. The final project will take place in the fall when students return to campus and it will introduce students to our community citizen advocacy program.

Recycled Cycles is an attempt to provide bicycles across campus for free use. The student groups working on the project were our Student Government and the S.I.F.E. (Students in Free Enterprise) team. To begin, the student groups collected bicycles from Public Safety that had been left on campus. The students stripped and painted the bicycles in school colors and then brought them to a local bike shop (The Bike Shed) to have the bicycles prepared for campus use.

Bicycle repairs were the most costly part of the project, because the bikes were over-hauled for long-term use on campus. We also installed low-cost coaster breaks, in an effort to control costs later. The Bike Shed also removed all but one gear in order to make them campus-use vehicles.

In the long run, we expect to provide as many free-use bicycles on campus as we find need for them. ADP also expects to use the bikes for promoting engagement and civic ideals.


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