LVC’s Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee will celebrate the 52nd Anniversary of Earth Day by hosting a virtual Earth Days 2022 Seminar Series throughout the month of April. These sessions are open to the public and will occur at 12 p.m. every Thursday from March 31April 28.

Earth Days 2022 Virtual Seminar Series

March 31—Environmental Internship and Research Talks by LVC students

12–1 p.m. | Register via Zoom 

Come listen to current LVC students present on their immersive environmental experiences. 

Evelyn Dyer (’23 ENVI) will discuss her work as an Engineering, Scientific, and Technical Intern for the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Last summer, Evelyn was stationed at Memorial Lake and Swatara State Parks, where she observed the park management and assisted with public outreach. When not working in the park office, Evelyn traveled to over 20 Pennsylvania state parks to help conduct aquatic vegetation surveys and water quality data collection. 

Jess Koch (’23 ENVI) and Evelyn Dyer (’23 ENVI) will discuss their experiences interning at the Greater Lebanon Refuse Authority. Jess and Evelyn will talk about the day-to-day operations at the Refuse Authority, discuss the projects they’ve worked on, and tell us what they learned from the experience.  

Dani Jurina (’22 ENVI) will discuss her Honor’s research with Dr. Becker on the effects of the invasive spotted lanternfly on the Wood Thrush Preserve insect community.

Jake Beidler (’23 ENVI) will discuss his internship at Clarence Schock Memorial Park at Mount Gretna. He will talk about his experiences with park management and environmental education. 

April 7—Bitcoin, Crypto, and Climate in Pennsylvania

12–1 p.m. | Register via Zoom 

Speaker: Rob Altenburg, Director of PennFuture Energy Center 

As Bitcoin mining is on the rise across Pennsylvania, we’ll explore how Bitcoin works, why it uses so much energy, and what that means for our citizens and the environment. We’ll also talk about what has to change to make blockchain technology a part of a sustainable future.   

April 14—Bats and Bridges: How Infrastructure can Influence Conservation

12–1 p.m. | Register via Zoom

Speaker: Natasha Brown, Scientist at Environmental Solutions and Innovations  

Natasha Brown of Environmental Solutions and Innovations will introduce the threatened and endangered bat species of Pennsylvania. She’ll discuss the impact of infrastructure on bat conservation, and talk about summer bat internship opportunities with Environmental Solutions and Innovations. 

April 21—Preserving Biodiversity: Conservation Efforts to Protect the Regal Fritillary Butterfly

12–1 p.m. | Register via Zoom

Speaker: Wildlife management at Ft. Indiantown Gap 

Once a widespread species, the Regal Fritillary Butterfly is under threat due to habitat loss, habitat degradation, pathogens, and pesticides. Ft. Indiantown Gap hosts the only wild Regal Fritillary Butterfly population in the eastern United States. Come learn about how the Wildlife Management Section at Ft. Indiantown Gap balances conservation efforts for this species with military training.  

April 28—Sustainability for the Rest of Us

12–1 p.m. | Register via Zoom 

The LVC Honors program is built on the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which include addressing issues of poverty, gender equity, education, etc. This year’s freshmen Honors cohort has chosen environmental sustainability as a special point of focus for the spring semester. This presentation will spotlight the varying ways that these first-year students are grappling with the climate crisis and the specific actions that we can take both individually and collectively to address the problem. 

Environmental Volunteer Opportunities

April 19—Service Event: Invasive Plant Control at Wood Thrush Research Preserve

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. Long pants and sturdy footwear are recommended.   

Contact: Rebecca Urban (urban@lvc.edu)  

April 20—Service Event: Invasive Plant Control at Wood Thrush Research Preserve

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. Long pants and sturdy footwear are recommended.  

Contact: Rebecca Urban (urban@lvc.edu)  

April 21—Service Event: Campus Cleanup

3:30–5:30 p.m. 

Join LVC’s facilities crew and members of Tri-Beta in caring for our campus by taking part in a variety of spring cleanup projects. Sign up on Redbook. 

Contact: Jen Liedtka (liedtka@lvc.edu)  

April 22—Service Event: Campus Cleanup

3:30–5:30 p.m. 

Join LVC’s facilities crew and members of Tri-Beta in caring for our campus by taking part in a variety of spring cleanup projects. Sign up on Redbook. 

Contact: Jen Liedtka (liedtka@lvc.edu)  

April 23—Service Event: Annual Lebanon County United Way Day of Caring Spring Cleanup in Quittie Creek Nature Park

9 a.m.–12 p.m. 

Volunteers will meet at the Swingholm Pedestrian Bridge in Quittie Creek Nature Park in Annville at the southern end of Bachman Rd.—a short walk from the LVC campus—and be divided into work crews to spread mulch, clear trails, remove invasive species, pick up trash, and in general spruce up the Nature Park for the coming summer. Work tools will be provided. Please bring your own work gloves, water, and snacks. Long pants and sturdy footwear are recommended. Join us! 

Contact: Michael Schroeder (schroede@lvc.edu

April 30—Service Event: Quittie Creek Garbage Cleanup Extravaganza

10 a.m.–2 p.m. 

Volunteers will gather in the parking lot of Yogeys Miniature Golf & Ice Cream Parlor, just off Route 422 on South 22nd St. (behind Commerce Bank and Taco Bell and directly across from the Lebanon Valley Mall), divide into teams of 3-4 persons each, and fan out in the woods along the banks of Quittapahilla Creek to pick up trash and hunt for plastic artifacts suitable for display in the Quittapahilla Creek Garbage Museum. Trash bags will be provided. 

Contact: Michael Schroeder (schroede@lvc.edu