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Penn State Celebrating Earth Day’s 50th Anniversary With Virtual Events

In honor of Earth Day, Penn State originally planned on holding a slew of events celebrating the holiday’s inception in 1970. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic and the importance of social distancing, the university has moved its Earth Day events online this year.

Penn State’s themed activities include informational webinars, social media challenges, and virtual gallery walks, ensuring there’ll be something for everyone to take part in. Below, you’ll find a full list of Penn State’s Earth Day events.

  • #PSUEarthWeek 50 for 50 PledgeApril 22 to 29 – The Sustainability Institute is encouraging people to make eco-friendly pledges that it will feature on its social media.
  • Climate and Carbon Challenges at Penn State panelApril 22 @ 12 p.m. — The Sustainability Institute is holding a zoom panel featuring various campus groups to discuss carbon reduction strategies and climate action at Penn State. Registration is required.
  • Grounded: Environments in Flux Palmer Museum of Art Virtual Gallery TalkApril 22 @ 1 p.m. — Melissa Leaym-Fernandez, Ph.D. Candidate in Art Education and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and the Palmer Museum of Art will host a gallery talk and Q&A session on the environment.
  • “SPA Goes Greener”April 22 @ 8 p.m. — Penn State’s Student Programming Association will host an Instagram live event featuring student performances and music.
  • Safe Drinking Water Clinic WebinarApril 23 @ 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. — Penn State Extension is hosting a webinar to teach people how to test and protect their private wells and springs. It’ll also host a discussion on when water treatment is necessary.
  • Sustainability Showcase: Mark Brennan- Ensuring Youth Voice in Program and Policy: Implications for Advancing SDG’sApril 24 @ 12 p.m. — A virtual lunch break hosted by The Council of Sustainable Leaders and the Sustainability Institute will feature Mark Brennan, College of Agricultural Sciences Professor and UNESCO Chair for Community, Leadership, and Youth Development and Professor of Leadership and Community Development at Penn State.

The events listed above are free and open to all Penn State community members as well as the general public. Check here for an updated events calendar as more are added on throughout the week.

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