Bethany College will celebrate Earth Day: For the Health of It! with a day full of events and activities on April 21.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
10:30 a.m. – Chapel Service – meet in Swenson Chapel in Burnett Center (service outdoors if weather permits)
11 a.m. – Keynote Address – “Earth Day: For the Health of It!,” Dr. Elizabeth Ablah, associate professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita, will speak in Lindquist Hall. Dr. Ablah received a Bachelor of Arts with distinction from St. Olaf College, a Master of Public Health from the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita, and a Master and Doctorate in Community Psychology from Wichita State University. Her research interests include community-based participatory research, physical activity and healthy foods, the built environment, worksite wellness, and health impact assessments.
Noon – Green Team meeting – Levin Room
1-3 p.m. – Earth Day Fair – a variety of student-led booths in Lindquist will engage participants in education and awareness about holistic health (See listing below)
3-5 p.m. – Work Day in the Community Garden – 725 N. Kansas St.
1. Free Earth Day T-shirts – Re-purposed t-shirts (leftovers from various clubs and events) tie-dyed blue and green to celebrate the Earth will be available while supplies last.
2. Guided meditation and imagery – Exercises led by College Counselor David Olsen will help educate participants about sustainability of self and its importance. Sessions will be held in the classroom outside of Lindquist.
3. Make Your Own Moss Graffiti – Create and take home your own unique, earth-friendly graffiti using a special moss-growing mixture! Like and submit pictures of your moss graffiti on the “Bethany Art Club and Alumni” Facebook page. Who can keep their moss alive the longest?
4. Sustainable Foods – The Dimensions of Foods interdisciplinary class presents ideas and issues related to sustainable food practices through several different booths, including bees and palette gardening.
5. Composting is Cool! – Find out about composting efforts on campus and how you can be involved. Reducing the amount of waste we put into the waste stream is healthy for the earth and for us!
6. Community Garden – This year marks the sixth year of Bethany’s Community Garden. Potatoes, onions, and carrots are already planted and you can help plant more crops.
7. Recycling – The Waste Audit over fall break revealed the large volume of recyclables that are thrown way during an average academic year. Our recycling efforts are working to help change that.