Lewis University marks Earth Week April 22-25

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Earth Day and Arbor Day are united for Earth Week April 22-25

Published: March 21, 2014.

Lewis University is uniting its Earth Day and Arbor Day events to form Earth Week. The week of celebration will commence on Earth Day, April 22, and conclude on Arbor Day, April 25, with events located on the university’s main campus in Romeoville.

The Lewis University Sustainability Council will kick off the week by spreading awareness at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in Charlie’s Place. They’ll be promoting upcoming events, sharing recycling tips and distributing prizes. Later in the day, a clean-up of the Burnham Centennial Nature Trail will begin at 2:30 p.m. All are invited to participate in the clean-up and removal of invasive species.

On Wednesday, the council will be hosting a Zero-Waste Sustainability Picnic for two hours beginning at 11 a.m. on the University Green. There will be displays showing the many different sustainability organizations on campus, along with the opportunity to win prizes.

On Thursday, April 24, a panel discussion will explore sustainability at 2 p.m. in DL-250 of De La Salle. The showing of the documentary film “Growing Cities,” will be followed by a Skype chat with the film’s producer and director. Steve Tiwald, founder and executive director of Green Earth Institute and Dwight DeVries, Lewis University superintendent of grounds, will be joining the discussion as well. The film was an official selection in the 2014 Princeton Environmental Film Festival and the Wild & Scenic Film Festival.

Concluding Earth Week, volunteers will be welcomed back to the Burnham Centennial Nature Trail to join the Sustainability Council in the annual planting of native species in honor of Arbor Day at 2 p.m. Friday.

For more information on the Earth Week events, contact Jaclyn Boyle, facilities coordinator for sustainability and administration at (815) 836-5716 or boyleja@lewisu.edu.

The Lewis University Sustainability Council promotes responsible environmental stewardship to accomplish its mission, which calls for personal responsibility in the care of the planet. The council is committed to leading by example. In this regard, university activities are conducted in a manner that conserves natural resources in a sustainable manner, protects the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff as well as the surrounding community, and promotes environmental education, local action, and global awareness.

Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,600 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. Visit www.lewisu.edu for further information.

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