April 18th, 2011
Earth Day Arrives on College Campuses: Rather than cramming a bevy of sustainability-centric initiatives into a single day, some schools are scheduling weeks of events and activities. Wake Forest University, for example, launched “13 Days of Celebrating the Earth” on April 14, allowing students to participate in a multitude of environmentally conscious endeavors, such as a cardboard boat race and tours of local farms and gardens.
The extended schedules give colleges flexibility when coordinating events, and schools hope that a variety of offerings will imprint the importance of sustainability in students’ minds, says Dedee DeLongpré Johnston, director of sustainability at Wake Forest.
“The opportunity is that college students are in a learning mode right now,” says Johnston. “They are learning critical-thinking skills, and the most important thing we need to impart about sustainability is to think critically about all the information that is coming our way.”