Earth Days 2015 Schedule of Events

The Earth Days Planning Committee has a full slate of events scheduled for Earth Days 2015 at LVC — commencing with the Oratorical Contest on March 17, and continuing through Earth Day Week (the week of April 20).  The schedule below is still being finalized, so keep an eye on this page for updates — and jump into the fun & intellectual challenges when & where you can!

March 17, 6:00 PM—8 PM.  Sustainability Oratorical Contest.

Location: Bishop Library Atrium

Victoria Gluszko

This year's winner of the Oratorical Contest and the first prize of an iPad Mini was Victoria Gluszko (Philosophy, '16, at left) for her excellent speech critiquing the inherent anthropocentrism of contemporary discourse concerning issues of "sustainability".  Her expertly delivered speech was in response to the following question and theme: 

  “What do you see as the most pressing environmental sustainability issue(s) today?  Why?  What are the best ways to address this issue, in your view?”

For a PDF file detailing the Oratorical Contest rules, click HERE.  Contact:  Michelle Krall (  

April 18, 9:00 AM—12:00 Noon.  Quittie Creek Nature Park Day of Caring Spring Cleanup.  CANCELLED.

Location:  Quittie Creek Nature Park, Bachman Road, Annville PA.

Unfortunately, this year's Quittie Creek Cleanup has been canceled because of the streambank stabilization work being done in the Nature Park.  In previous years (and starting again next year), the Spring Cleanup was sponsored by the Lebanon County United Way and the Quittie Creek Nature Park Committee of the Friends of Old Annville.  Community volunteers traditionally gather at the Bachman Road entrance to Quittie Creek Nature Park at 9:00 a.m., divide into crews, and help spread mulch along the trails, pick up trash, remove invasive species, and spruce up the Nature Park for the coming summer.  So keep your eyes peeled for next year's cleanup!  Contact:  Michael Schroeder (

April 13—24.  Sustainable Living Weeks.

Location:  Where you live your life.

Students are invited to participate in two weeks of Sustainable Living to help raise awareness of the types of sustainable initiatives they can incorporate into their daily lives and become more cognizant of their impact on the environment.  Students are invited to sign up on Redbook and will receive a list of suggested sustainable acts to complete throughout the two weeks.  Examples of sustainable acts include limiting shower time, utilizing reusable water bottles, recyling, attending Earth Day activities, participating in the Quittie Clean Up project.  Contact:   Michelle Biever (

April 13—24.  Sustainability Teach-Ins.

Location:  Classrooms across campus.

Professors at LVC teaching on topics relating to issues of sustainability during these two weeks will open their classrooms to the entire LVC community and the general public.  List of participating classes forthcoming.  Contact:  Will Delavan (


April 22.   Live Lebanon Sustainably Symposium.  POSTPONED TILL JUNE.

Location:  To Be Determined.

Sponsored by LVC’s freshly-minted Center for Municipal & Corporate Sustainability (CMACS), the Live Lebanon Sustainably Symposium has been postponed until June.  The Symposium will bring together public officials, business owners, community leaders, and others to offer a forum for discussion and exchange of ideas about current challenges and opportunities relating to municipal and corporate sustainability.   Contact:  Greg Buckley (

April 22, 11:001:00 PM.  Metz Sustainable Lunch Hour.

Location:  Hallways in front of the Dining Hall, Mund Student Center.

Metz is inviting its vendors to participate and bring information concerning sustainable operations in their businesses and to showcase products supportive of their operations.  Metz will also be spotlighting the partnership with LVC and its ongoing efforts to bring more products to students' dining experience.   Contact:  Landis Brown (


April 22, 1:30 PM.  Ceremonial Tree Planting.  (Changed from 2:45 PM)

Location:  Front of Humanities Building facing North College Ave.

Ceremonial planting of a disease-resistant American Elm in front of the Administration/Humanities building where the large Silver Maple was removed in late 2014.  Please note that the time has been changed from 2:45 PM to 1:30 PM.  Contact: Don Santostefano (


April 22, 5:00 PM.  Public Debate:  “The Fracking Revolution: Good or Bad for Pennsylvania?”

Location:  Zimmerman Recital Hall, Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery.

This free-wheeling public debate will pit Kevin V. Lynn, Communications Division of Linde Corporation (“At the forefront of the Marcellus Gas Industry”) against sociologist, anti-fracking activist, and organic farmer J. Stephen Cleghorn, Ph.D., of Paradise Gardens and Farm in Reynoldsville PA.  Contact: Michael Schroeder (

Week of April 20.   Environmental Sculpture.

Location:   Atrium, Lynch Hall.

Students in Karen Beall’s Sculpture 1 class will undertake a collaborative art project constructed of non-traditional materials. The large-scale sculptural installation will be created over multiple weeks, culminating on April 22nd in celebration of Earth Day.  Contact:  Karen Beall (


April 25, 9:00 AM—2:00 PM.   Plastic Artifact Hunt, Quittapahilla Creek Garbage Museum.

Location:  Quittapahilla Creek in the 0-100 block of West Cumberland Street, Lebanon.

Volunteers will gather at 9:00 AM in the parking lot of Yogeys Putt’n Cream Miniature Golf, 10 S 22nd St, Lebanon, PA 17042 (off W. Cumberland St.) to clean trash out of Quittie Creek and its banks and add to the collection of plastic artifacts on display in the Quittapahilla Creek Garbage Museum, 8 East High St., Annville.  Contact:  Michael Schroeder.


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If you'd like to contribute to Earth Days 2015 at LVC, please contact Prof. Michael Schroeder (History, Politics & Global Studies), at