Earth Day 2020 Schedule

Sustainability Oratorical Contest

Wednesday, April 1 at 6 p.m. (Library Atrium)

Interested students will submit a speech manuscript and bibliography by March 4. Judges will review the manuscripts and choose the top six contestants to give a 5–7 min speech by April 1. The 2020 topic is “Explain how you would improve environmental sustainability on LVC’s campus by developing a proposal for a new sustainability initiative.” 

Contact Rebecca Urban for more information.


Presentation: Extraction Immorality, Renewable Absolution: Insights from the Fight for Clean Energy

Wednesday, April 8 at 10 a.m. (Lynch 170)

For a decade, the Pennsylvania-based FracTracker Alliance has explored the landscape of extraction across the state and the nation. New methods of oil and gas drilling have expanded the footprint of this industry and led to deleterious impacts on communities, natural resources, and the climate. Increasing plastics and petrochemical development have enhanced health and environmental risks. Brook Lenker, executive director of FracTracker will share observations and examples from their work and reflect on the implications—and opportunities—for humanity.

Contact Rebecca Urban for more information.


Cooking with Insects

Wednesday, April 15 at 1–3 p.m. (Neidig-Garber Science Center, Room 130)

Join Dr. Unger’s Human Nutrition class to learn about the environmental and nutritional benefits of adding insects to your diet. Lisa J. Sanchez, lancaster county naturalist will give an informative presentation, and then prepare some insects for people to try. There are a limited number of spots, please contact Dr. Erica Unger to reserve a seat.

Contact Erica Unger for more information.


Service Event: Invasive Plant Control on LVC Natural Areas

Saturday, April 18 at 1 p.m. (meet near the cow at Facilities)

Invasive plants spread aggressively, outcompete native plant species, and can reduce habitat for wildlife. Join the Conservation Biology class as they conduct invasive plant removal throughout LVC’s natural areas and learn about invasive plant biology. 

Contact Rebecca Urban for more information.


Service Event: Annual Lebanon County United Way Day of Caring Spring Cleanup in Quittie Creek Nature Park

Saturday, April 18 at 9 a.m. to Noon (meet at the main entrance to Quittie Creek Nature Park off Bachman Road next to the Swingholm Pedestrian Bridge)

Volunteers will gather at the Swingholm Pedestrian Bridge in Quittie Creek Nature Park in Annville (at the southern end of Bachman Rd.) and be divided into crews to spread mulch, clear trails, remove invasive species, pick up trash, to spruce up the park for the coming summer. Join us!

Contact Michael Schroeder for more information.


Recycling Craft Contest

Enter by Monday, April 20 at 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Allan W. Mund College Center)

Vote by Wednesday, April 22 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Allan W. Mund College Center)

Enter the craft contest sponsored by Environmental Club. Join the contest by dropping off a craft that you made using recycled materials! You can drop off your crafts at the Environmental Club table in Mund on Monday, April 20 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. All of the crafts will be on display during Metz’s sustainable lunch hours on Earth Day. Everyone can come vote on your favorite craft, and there will be a prize for the craft with the most votes.

Contact Kaitlyn McCarthy for more information.


Sustainable Lunch Hours

Wednesday, April 22 at 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Dining Hall, Allan W. Mund College Center)

Metz invites sustainable vendors to campus during the lunch hour, offering samples and information to students, faculty, and staff. The lunch menu will feature locally produced and/or sustainable products.


Spring Wildflower Walk at Quittie Creek Nature Park

Friday, April 24 at 1:30 p.m. (parking lot of Quittie Creek Nature Park)

Join Dr. Susan Verhoek, an author of "How to Know the Spring Flowers", for a spring nature walk at Quittie Creek Nature Park. We will meet in the parking lot near the bridge at Quittie Creek Nature Park. There will be no rain date.

Contact Rebecca Urban for more information.


Service Event: Peace Garden Pond Work Day

Saturday, April 25 at 9 a.m. (meet in the Peace Garden)

Claire Leedy, environmental science major will lead a clean-up event for the Peace Garden pond. Help beautify campus, while working outdoors. Come prepared to get wet and dirty; make sure to wear appropriate clothes and shoes. If interested please contact Claire for planning purposes.


Work Day at the Campus Native Plant Garden

End of April - Weather dependent (meet near the cow at Facilities)

Come out and join Dr. Becker as we work to improve the LVC native plant garden. We will be adding new plants and mulch, upgrading the infrastructure, and performing basic maintenance. Contact Dr. Becker to be added to an e-mail list to be notified when the event will occur. 

Contact Doug Becker for more information.