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Earth Day the ADP Way: Query and Campus Spotlights

By Cecilia M. Orphan, National Manager, American Democracy Project

Happy Earth Day!

“Each year, Earth Day – April 22 – marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970 (from the Earth Day Network website).” ADP campuses have long celebrated this important day of environmental awareness and action through celebrations and service projects. This year’s Earth Day is no different. Below you will find descriptions of Earth Day celebrations that are planned on three ADP campuses.

Earth Day Query: Are you an ADP Campus Representative? Is your campus planning celebrations for Earth Day? If so, please take a moment to fill out this brief query so that we can gather your great ideas and share them with the rest of the ADP Network.

Earth Day the ADP Way: Campus Spotlights

Northern Arizona University: Earth Day Extravaganza!

Earth Event: NAU Earth Day Extravaganza & Outdoors Gear Swap
As part of the city-wide celebrations for Earth Day, NAU will be hosting its own Earth Day Extravaganza and Outdoors Gear Swap. This event will be on the 2nd Floor of the University Union Expansion and outside the Union Expansion. Come join us for free food, conversation with student groups, and a gear swap! 

Earth Event: CHEI First Indigenous Music Bash
As part of the celebrations for Earth Day, the CHEI Club, The Applied Indigenous Studies Department, Department of Health and Human Services, The Office of Hawaiian Affairs, and the Student Association Council proudly present the 1st Annual Indigenous Music Bash. Performers include Nation’s Ensemble, Pax Harvey, Kupa’aina, Pamyua, Wade Fernandez, and Black Fire. Along with this, there will be activity and information booths set up by student organizations, departments and community members, following with the Indigenous and environmental themes of the event. There will also be a raffle that includes items donated by local community members to raise money to create a scholarship fund for Native students. So come out and “BASH YOUR HEAD NOT THE EARTH!”

Earth Event: Green Room Earth Day Celebration
The Student Environmental Caucus will be hosting an Earth Day celebration at the Green Room. Tickets are $5 for NAU Students, Staff, and Faculty and $10 for community members. Contact the Student Environmental Caucus for more information or to reserve a ticket. The Green Room is located at 15 N Agassiz St in Flagstaff. 

Western Kentucky University: One Planet Day

Students at WKU are re-imagining this year’s Earth Day festivities under the new theme of One Planet Day. The idea for One Planet Daycame from the One Planet Living framework of sustainability developed by the World Wildlife Fund and BioRegional. One Planet Living features 10 principles of sustainability including Zero Carbon, Zero Waste, Sustainable Transport, Local and Sustainable Building Materials, Local and Sustainable Food, Sustainable Water, Natural Habitats and Wildlife, Culture and Heritage, Equity and Fair Trade and Health and Happiness.

One Planet Day is about going beyond what we typically associate with being green,” said Charlie Harris, One Planet Day student organizer. “We want to challenge everyone, whether they’re completely new to sustainability or a seasoned greenie, to take the next step in their personal commitment to living a better, more sustainable life.” Friday’s One Planet Day events are just one part of the annual Earth Week festivities at WKU which begin Wednesday night at 7 with a lecture in Mass Media and Technology Hall Auditorium by Sarah Lynn Cunningham called The Elegant Solution, Climate Solutions Cut Costs, Create Jobs and Stabilize Our Economy.

Thursday night will feature a One Planet Day-themed Poetry Slam from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Downing University Center Courtyard. On Friday, students, faculty and others will have the opportunity to receive One Planet Day punch cards at informational booths across campus. For each One Planet Day action pledge one makes they will receive a punch on their card. Once all 10 sustainability principles have been punched they can turn in their card to be eligible for one of many free prizes including a ride in a hot air balloon.

Harris and other student organizers hope to take the message of One Planet Day beyond WKU’s campus. They’ve partnered with a non-profit design group to launch the One Planet Website and a Facebook page where people all around the world can pledge to take action and change their profile pictures to take part in the One Planet Day digital mosaic to promote sustainable living.

Other highlights of One Planet Day at WKU will include a DIY fair on South Lawn; photography competition and silent auction; Tree Campus USA Flag Raising with President Gary Ransdell; an Earth Day speech by Dr. Bob Hatfield, Executive Faculty MBA Coordinator; a campus garbology project and a recycled materials fashion show. One Planet Day will conclude with a celebration of cultural diversity at the annual International Night in Downing University Center’s fourth floor.

One Planet Day is a project of Campus Conscience, a new initiative based out of WKU that seeks to unite unique socially and environmentally conscious events, campaigns and initiatives taking place at WKU and around the world.

Check out the complete list of One Planet Day events. (Description taken from WKU News Blog.)

Middle Tennessee State University

Want to show you’re green while being true to the blue? Join MTSU’s Students for Environmental Action and the American Democracy Project Student Organization, who are sponsoring an Earth Day celebration on Thursday, April 21.

Students are circulating posters with the day’s itinerary, which includes a free document-shredding service, recycling information, music, special guests and vendors, all on the Keathley University Center Knoll.

Earth Day is usually observed on April 22, but MTSU organizers moved up their event date to accommodate the Good Friday holiday and ensure that more people can participate.

“Raiders Recycle” T-shirts and tote bags, in bright spring colors and in tie-dye, will be for sale on the Knoll on April 21. The celebration is scheduled for 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., and events include:

  • free shredding and recycling of documents by MaxShred of Murfreesboro, 10 a.m.-noon;
  • acoustic music and a poetry slam, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.;
  • entertainment by DJ B. Roll, 2-4 p.m.; and
  • a yard sale by Young Americans for Liberty.

Special guests include representatives from Rover, Murfreesboro’s public transportation system; The Nature Conservancy; Procycling Bicycle Repair; the Center for Environmental Education; the Murfreesboro Electric Department; Origins beauty products; Scott Atkins for Kangen; and Drs. Cliff Ricketts, Charles Perry and Ngee Sing Chong , who will bring the latest green inventions.

For drive-through and drop-off of materials for shredding at MTSU’s Earth Day event, recyclers should enter campus from East Main Street onto North Baird Lane, turn right onto Alumni Drive and then left on Friendship Street to circle through the Davis Science Building parking lot. Students will unload papers there for shredding by MaxShred.

For more details, visit the SEA website at or email

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