On April 25th, 2024, Shippensburg University held a lively Earth Day event. The celebration was a part of Stewardship Week, displaying a variety of initiatives that advocate for sustainability and eco-friendly practices on and off campus. 

The Green League offered attendees the purchase of recycled handmade jewelry, with all proceeds directly funding the organization’s efforts. The organization shared information regarding their plans for a trash clean-up event at the spiritual center parking lot on April 26th from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., bringing awareness to the importance of community involvement and environmental consciousness on campus. 

Another highlight of the celebration was the Middle Spring Watershed Association (MSWA) and their Save Middle Spring Stream Project. The focus of this project is the restoration of stream banks and bridges to improve water quality and prevent erosion. This initiative is supported by various local organizations and members of the community, all demonstrating a commitment to protecting Shippensburg’s local ecosystems. MSWA also engaged with attendees by offering student volunteer sign-ups, handmade clay tiles and information on how to preserve the environment by maintaining eco-friendly “backyard habits”. 

Center for Land Use and Sustainability promoted the showing of the environmental film Common Ground at H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center on Saturday, April 27th at 7 pm, followed by an expert panel discussion hosted by Eric Finkenbinder, ABC27 Chief Meteorologist & Farmer. Ship U’s Campus Farm also encouraged the film and explained their composting techniques and the purpose behind using solar panels and rain barrels.

ShipRec, the university’s recreational center, promoted student employment opportunities and various sports activities that are available to students, encouraging students to actively engage with their campus community and get outside.

Throughout the event, attendees enjoyed fun activities such as Kam Jam, corn hole, face painting, plant shopping, interacting with miniature goats, Earth Day crossword puzzles provided by Kappa Delta Phi and origami sessions using recycled newspaper from The Slate. Shout out to WSYC 88.7 FM for playing vibrant music during the celebration and providing CDs and vinyl records for attendees to paint.

Ship’s Earth Day Celebration served as a reminder that it is important to lead and promote an environmentally conscious lifestyle. Click here to learn more about other events taking place during stewardship week and do your part in committing to ongoing green efforts by signing the Sustainability Pledge