Beginning Sunday, Campus Conservationists and the Franciscan Center for Social Concern will be hosting various events at St. Bonaventure University in celebration of Earth Week April 22 to 27.
While increasing the use of outdoor spaces at St. Bonaventure, Campus Conservationists works to educate students and community members about environmental topics on both a local and global level.
As part of our Franciscan identity, we strive to care for our common home, making the earth a healthier and more sustainable place. Our 500-acre campus is in the middle of beautiful sceneries of hills and land. It gives us even more reason to try and keep our campus and earth looking beautiful. In order to celebrate Earth Day on Sunday, April 22, and Arbor Day on Friday, April 27, Campus Conservationists have planned the events listed below to get students excited about learning and helping the environment.
When you attend an event, please post a picture to your social media accounts; be sure to use the #SBUtiful to be featured on our page! Please join us this week in showing off just how beautiful St. Bonaventure’s campus is!
The events that will be happening on campus are:
Come join the Campus Conservationists for an Earth Day cleanup of the Allegheny River Valley Trail. If you’re interested in making not only the community but the campus look cleaner and more earth-friendly, this is a perfect event. Those interested in helping should meet at 3 p.m. at the university's West Entrance near the tennis courts. Contact KVogel@sbu.edufor more information.
Mass is the perfect opportunity to combine your love of God and creation. Mass will begin at 7 p.m. in the University Chapel, Doyle Hall. (Originally scheduled for the Grotto, Mass has been moved indoors because of the weather forecast.)
How long can you go without artificial light? Challenge your friends and colleagues and see how easy it is to be green. Remember, one kilowatt of electricity requires the burning of a pound of coal. To put that in perspective, most televisions use about 80 to 400 watts a day depending on size. Signup is live now on MySBU! Let’s try and beat last year’s numbers of 44 participants and 521.5 hours pledged.
Enjoy the outdoors while centering your mind, body and spirit. This coming Tuesday and Thursday from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., there will be outdoor yoga held on the grass located in front of the ministry building and next to the library. Bring a friend along, breathe in fresh air, and take some time to relax with the end of the school year coming soon.
Have you ever wondered how to identify leafless trees? Are you concerned about the threat of invasive species? Well, “Know Your Trees Before They Leave!” This program, happening from 4 to 5:30 p.m., will be held in Francis Hall room 123 on April 25. It includes a trail walk, an exploration of tree identification characteristics that can be used year-round, a discussion of the effects of globalization on the spread of damaging insects and pathogens, and a field exploration to monitor our woods for the presence of Hemlock Wooly Adelaid. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Contact Sean Hillery at email@example.com more information and to sign up. *This event also counts as a plenary session for Clare 401.
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