CMU to celebrate Earth Week with sustainability events


In celebration of Earth Day, Central Michigan University student organizations will be hosting a week-long series of events from April 19 - 24.

Central Civics Student Coordinator Maddie Thomas said sustainability is important to CMU and all other communities.

"It's important to make sure when we're going about our daily lives that we're cognizant about how our actions have an impact on not just the environment, but the people around us," Thomas said. "Earth Week is a really good time to take a step back from the busyness of our lives and reflect on how we can make change."    

Details for each event are listed below:  

From now until April 23, students can pick up take-and-make bird feeders from the Mary Ellen Brandell Volunteer Center. They will also be passed out from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 13 at a table outside Central Eats.

The Mary Ellen Brandell Volunteer Center will host an Earth Week Celebration Night from 7 - 8:30 p.m. on April 19 in the Bovee University Center Terrace Rooms A, B and C. The event will recognize students, campus partners and community members who work towards making CMU a sustainable campus. 

Students can sign up via Google Forms to participate.

Students are invited to take part in Sustainable Creating, a collaborative piece of sustainable artwork inspired by Dale Chihuly, an American glass artist. Caylie Riess, a visual art education student, will lead students through creating the project.

Participants can come and go anytime from 1 - 5 p.m. in the Mary Ellen Brandell Volunteer Center and can take their own piece of the project home with them. Students can bring used plastic water bottles to cut up and add to the artwork.   

The Mary Ellen Brandell Volunteer Center will host a Union of Concerned Scientists Civics Workshop at 7 p.m. on WebEx. The virtual event will discuss civic involvement in sustainability and environmental advocacy.

On April 23, volunteers can meet at 2 p.m. at Chipp-A-Waters park to clean up the park and discuss environmental justice. The event is sponsored by the Student Government Association Sustainability Committee.

A Campus Sustainability Walking Tour will meet at 11 a.m. on April 24 outside the Bovee University Center. The tour will include a discussion about waste reduction, environmental justice, equity and accessibility, community building, civic engagement and advocacy efforts towards sustainability.

Participants can to sign up via a Google Doc.

To learn more about Earth Day events or RSVP, visit Engage Central or view the flyer below.