Clean-up efforts mark Earth Month at Lewis University

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Clean-up efforts mark Earth Month at Lewis University

Published: April 7, 2013.

Lewis University in Romeoville will continue its efforts to contribute toward the preservation and conservation of the planet in April as it marks Earth Month. Students, faculty and staff will celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day on April 22 and 25, respectively.

On April 22, volunteers will remove buckthorn and invasive species along the Burnham Centennial Nature Trail on the Romeoville campus. The effort is to remove intrusive species, so not to degrade other non-detrimental living life on the nature trail. Volunteers are encouraged to begin at 1:30 p.m.

To restore what was removed earlier in the week, the Arbor Day program on April 25 will feature volunteers planting native plants and species. It begins at 1:30 p.m. as well.

These clean-up and restoration efforts have been successful in the past. Ryan Koerner, who received an MBA in December, led about 60 volunteers on America Recycles Day on November 15, 2012 in removing trash from the landfill section of the Nature Trail. They removed a truckload of recyclables and more than 20 tires.

The events not only benefit the wellbeing of the earth, but they also engage and educate the students and faculty of Lewis University. For three consecutive years, Lewis University has been designated a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation. Morton Arboretum also designated the campus an arboretum.

Lewis University is a Catholic university offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,500 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report.

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