10 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day on Your School Campus

Jeff Parcell 2017-04-21


About Earth Day

Earth Day is an internationally celebrated day to focus on the environment, and it’s tomorrow! It takes place every year on the anniversary of the day in 1970 that 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies. Thousands of colleges and universities organized protests against the deterioration of the environment. That day, groups that had been fighting against oil spills, polluting factories and power plants, raw sewage, toxic dumps, pesticides, freeways, the loss of wilderness, and the extinction of wildlife came together and suddenly realized they shared common values.

Today, Earth Day is the largest secular observance in the world, celebrated by more than a billion people in 192 different countries every year, and it’s become a day of action that changes human behavior and provokes policy changes.

Get Involved

We love that so many of our NTHS chapters and members have a true desire to help better the communities they live in! So how can YOU, as a student, personally celebrate Earth Day tomorrow on your school campus? Our friends at the National Wildlife Federation have 10 great ideas!

1. Working with campus facilities, post signage near green spaces on campus to educate the community on the importance of these spaces and their role in supporting wildlife in a warming climate. Explore more ideas on climate adaptation.

James Byard/WUSTL Photos

James Byard/WUSTL Photos

2. Working with campus facilities, design and build a rooftop garden and highlight the benefits of energy conservation and habitat for birds and bees. Explore more ideas on green buildings.

3. Partnering with a local hardware store, and providing free CFL lightbulbs to lower-income community homes to help them save energy. Explore more ideas on community and environmental justice.

4. Doing a daily trash audit of your dorm room or house and identifying items that could have been recycled or reused and share this news with the occupants. Explore more ideas on consumption and waste.

Hosting a week-long or month-long campaign in your dorm or house to educate occupants about turning off the lights, unplugging electronics when not in use, and other energy conservation tips. Explore more ideas on energy conservation.

Niraj Credited6. Organizing a food festival, in partnership with your campus dining services and local farms, to offer local foods and educate about the benefits of buying local. Explore more ideas on food.

7. Organizing a restoration project, choose an existing landscaped area that could be restored with native species or an unused developed area that could be restored back to green space to support campus plants and animals. Explore more ideas on habitat and wildlife.

Working with your campus bookstore, organize a special section right up front that features recycled-content items for students and staff to purchase. Explore more ideas on greener purchasing.

University of Chicago recycles - Photo by Tom McGrath9. Hosting a bicycle week during Earth week or anytime during April and provide incentives to students, faculty and staff that bike the most miles. Explore more ideas on greener transportation.

10. Working with campus facilities, host a rain barrel painting contest and place the rain barrels throughout campus to collect water for landscaping. Explore more ideas on water conservation.