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Penn State Berks Sustainability Council to Host Earth Day Celebration

by Penn State Berks

Penn State Berks Sustainability Council to Host Earth Day Celebration

Photo courtesy of Samantha Bower

The Penn State Berks Sustainability Council will host an Earth Day celebration on Monday, April 22, from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., outside the Perkins Student Center. The celebration will include community organizations, fun activities, educational presentations and stations, giveaways, prizes, and light refreshments. This event is free and open to the community.

Community organizations, including Berks Nature, Blue Marsh Lake Recreation Area, and Commute PA, will have information stations at the event. Several Penn State Berks departments and student clubs will also have stations and volunteer at the celebration. In addition, there will be a planting activity in the campus garden, located outside of Thun Library and William G. Hintz Bookstore. The garden was established in April 2023 and features five different garden beds containing vegetables, herbs, and wildflowers.

Activities include a plant exchange, plastic bottle crafts, recycled crochet, upcycling art, bracelet making, rock painting, an Earth Day photo booth, and much more. There also will be a prize drawing every hour.

Students enrolled in the college’s introductory environmental science course will present the research they completed as part of the Environmental Awareness and Community Action Project aimed at understanding and addressing environmental and sustainability issues in Berks County and beyond.

Mahsa Kazempour, associate professor of science education, is the chair of the college’s Sustainability Council and coordinator of the event. She is also the coordinator of the Environmental Awareness and Community Action Project.

For more information about the Penn State Berks Earth Day celebration, contact Kazempour at [email protected] or 610-396-6312.