Penn State Earth Day Event Celebrates the “Power of One”
Earth Day looms large this year, featuring wide-ranging initiatives, a speech from President Spanier, and public voting for the “Sustainable State” video contest.
University Park, PA – Celebrating Earth Day has long been a tradition at Penn State’s University Park campus, but this year the university plans to bump things up a notch. On Friday, April 22nd, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the HUB-Robeson Center, Penn State will convene a celebration with the theme “A Billion Acts of Green Begins with the Power of One.”
President Graham Spanier is scheduled to speak—an Earth Day first. Over 40 different Penn State “green” initiatives‑featuring the work of faculty, staff, and students will be represented in an open networking forum; and the twelve finalists of the university’s “Sustainable State” video contest will be screened publically for the first time.
“Penn State is really a microcosm of the broader global culture,” said Cole Hons, communications director for Penn State’s Center for Sustainability. “And, just as the global community is waking up and responding to the massive challenges we face today in terms of environmental, social and economic sustainability, Penn State is waking up and responding, too.”
Currently scheduled speakers for the event include geography professor and climate change expert Richard Alley, President Graham Spanier, Assistant Vice-President of the Physical Plant Steve Maruszewski, Penn State student David Adewumi and others.
Tables set up throughout the hall will represent the work of more than 40 Penn State academic units and departments that are currently contributing to the university’s green efforts. Interactive games and competitions will keep things lively between speakers, along with a background mix of music and videos from around the globe.
“Students will be able to learn about clubs, courses and green jobs; faculty members will meet like-minded colleagues for collaboration; and staff will meet colleagues who share their commitment to greening their work space.” Said Erik Foley, Manager of Penn State’s Campus Sustainability Office.
At 12:15, the Center for Sustainability and Media Commons will screen the twelve finalists of the Sustainable State video contest—a program which challenged the Penn State community to re-vision sustainability as the pursuit of global happiness. Public online voting for the winning videos will officially kick off on Earth Day.
Live music performances by Anthony Walker, Mike Mains and the Branches, and Cole Hons will take place at the HUB’s first floor lounge, as an Earth Day edition of the HUB’s Friday Noontime concert series.
Launched in 1970, Earth Day was originally conceived by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson as a nationwide demonstration to force the issue of environmental health and safety into the political realm, where it had previously been a complete non-starter. Tapping into the energy of the college student-led anti-war movement, the first Earth Day inspired 20 million people to stand up and take action in the name of environmental health and safety.
“That’s the power of one,” said Lydia Vandenbergh, Program Coordinator for Penn State’s Campus Sustainability Office. “The story of Earth Day itself is a perfect example of what we want to communicate at Penn State: one person makes a difference.”
Penn State’s Earth Day celebration is jointly sponsored by the Campus Sustainability Office, the Center for Sustainability, Student Affairs, Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment (PSIEE), Green Teams, Eco-Reps, Shaver’s Creek and others. For more information and to keep updated on Penn State Earth Week Events, please visit www.earthday.psu.edu
Earth Day April 22, 2011 Activities
The theme for this year’s Earth Week is “A Billion Acts of Green Begins with the Power of One.” This year, we are expanding the Earth Day event to include more activities by adding faculty and staff initiatives to give our community a sense of all the work on sustainability at Penn State.
Types of Activities
On Friday, April 22nd at the HUB you will find:
- Student group exhibits in the Atrium and downstairs
- Faculty and Staff exhibits in the HUB Alumni Hall
- Speeches from Penn State leaders on the importance of green initiatives
- Interactive games and competitions
- Images and videos showing sustainability at Penn State on the Alumni Hall big screen
- The world premier screening of the 12 finalist videos from the Sustainable State Video Contest
- Live music in the HUB’s 1st floor lounge (above Panda Sushi)
- Various bands that will be playing downstairs
Schedule of Events for Earth Day @ the hub
9:00 – 10:00 a.m. – Table setup time for participating units
10 a.m. – Welcome from Al Horvath, Senior Vice-President of Finance and Business, in the HUB-Robeson Alumni Hall.
10:10 a.m. – The Power of Faculty – A Penn State faculty representative (TBD) will address the academic side of sustainability education at Penn State
11:00 a.m. – Awards will be presented for the Women’s Leadership Conference, and Stormwater poster contest
11:35 a.m. – President’s Speech – Dr. Graham Spanier addresses the event
11:45 a.m. – Sustainability: Looking Back and Visioning Forward – Steve Maruszewski, Assistant Vice-President of the Physical Plant
11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Video Screening – Cole Hons, Strategic Communications Director for the Penn State Center for Sustainability, will present the 12 finalist videos from the university’s Sustainable State video contest, kicking off online public voting for winners.
1:15 p.m. – The Power of Students and Researchers – Penn State student David Adewumi and Evan Pugh Professor of Geosciences Richard Alley will share their visions of the Penn State student experience
2:00 p.m. – Closing Remarks – Erik Foley, Programs Manager for the Penn State Campus Sustainability Office, will offer closing remarks.
Live Music at the Hub-Robeson Center
An Earth Day edition of the HUB’s noontime concert series will take place in the 1st Floor HUB Lounge, above Panda Sushi, featuring three acts:
- 10:45-11:45 – Anthony Walker
- Noon-1:00 – Mike Mains and the Branches
- 1:15 – 1:45 – Cole Hons
ECO-ACTION EARTH DAY CELEBRATION at East Quad
3:00 – 9:00 p.m. – Eco-Action Earth Day Celebration
- Tye-dye (Bring Your Own Shirt)
- Hula hooping
- Clothing and Book Exchange
- Awareness Challenge (Win Prizes!)
- Pot Your Plant
Stick around for music entertainment and a late-night environmental film!
- Atlas Soundtrack
- Mystery Train
- Black Coffee
FILM – TBA