Earth Day

2017 marks the 47th Earth Day anniversary. This year Villanova will be focusing on sustainable advocacy.

Tuesday, April 18

clothing swap

10:00AM-2:00PM, Oreo

Drop off your slightly used clothing to swap with someone elses pre-loved clothing. One person's trash is another person's treasure. All items left at the end of the event will be donated. Great way to clean out before the end of the year.

Tree Tour

11:30AM-12:30PM, Meet under the Corr Hall Arch

Walk about the campus with Hugh Weldon, the campus horticulturist and get the inside scope on campus trees. At the end of the tour you will have the opportunity to plant a tree on campus!

6:00PM-7:00PM, Driscoll 221

Learn from professional activists how to connect with your represenative. Attendees will have the opportunity to role play their new skills and sign up for the Day of Action on Friday, April 21.

Contact Dr. Weston for more information  

Wednesday, April 19

Campus Tree Tour

10:00AM-11:00AM, Meet under the Corr Hall Arch

Walk about the campus with Hugh Weldon, the campus horticulturist and get the inside scope on campus trees. At the end of the tour you will have the opportunity to plant a tree on campus!

Thursday, April 20

Farmers Market

11:00AM-2:00PM, The Oreo

Enjoy Earth Day on the center of campus with a farmers market, food tasting, eco-vendors, raffle, free t-shirt tie dye, student posters, and more! New this year, participate in sustainable bingo by visiting the fair vendors and win a recycled bag!


6:00PM, Driscoll Hall Auditorium (Room 132)

This event is ACS Approved

Talk Summary:

Outspoken advocate and internationally-recognized former elected official Dominic Frongillo will share his perspective as the youngest-ever councilmember in Caroline, NY, and delegate to UN climate talks on how young people around the world are leading social change through public service, social-responsible enterprises, and community action. From growing sustainable food in Buffalo to climate-proof housing in New Orleans 9th Ward to winning a ban on fracking in New York, he will share inspiring stories from the front lines of the fight against climate change and for a sustainable future. Participants will learn how to make a difference in people's lives on and beyond campus. 


Short Bio:

Dominic Frongillo made history at age 22 by becoming the youngest person to serve on the Town Council in Caroline, New York. A five-time delegate to the United Nations, in 2012, Frongillo founded Elected Officials to Protect New York, a successful bipartisan campaign of over 850 elected officials across the state that helped win New York's statewide ban on fracking. Internationally recognized for his work in climate change and clean energy, Frongillo is trained by Al Gore, served under Governor Paterson on New York's Climate Action Plan advisory panel, and is a board director for Black Oak Wind Farm, New York State's first community-owned wind farm. A finalist for the national Barbara Jordan Leadership Award, Frongillo appeared in the documentary Dear Governor Cuomo. Author Jeff Thigpen named Frongillo one of America’s 16 most notable young elected leaders. Frongillo speaks frequently at universities across the country such as Brown, Cornell, and Furman on topics of climate change, sustainability, and social movements.

Friday, April 21

11AM, Register on Nova Tix

Join students, faculty, and staff in taking action to address environmental issues.  Learn how to effectively advocate for causes important to you and to society, and get some hands-on experience advocating!

2:00-4:00, Bartley 32

Heading out to the Science March on Earth Day? Stop by to make a poster with free supplies while watching episodes from the hit documentary series, "Years of Living Dangerously".


5:00PM, Corr Lounge

Run Kickoff
5:30PM, Corr Steps

This 5k run or 3k walk aims to educate participants of the effects of climate change and how they may be contributing to it. The run/walk will simulate the journey of a climate refugee, and will allow participants to consider how climate change affects the most vulnerable communities around the world. Participants can sign up alone or with a partner. With their $20 registration, students will receive a reusable coffee mug and climate change wristbands. All proceeds go to climate change relief efforts in Madagascar.

ACS Approved.

Saturday, April 22

marcch for science

11:00AM, South side of City Hall (Juniper St)

The March for Science is a celebration of science. It's not about scientists or politicians, it is about the very real role that science plays in each of our lives and the need to respect and encourage research that gives us insight into the world. Nevertheless, the march has generated a great deal of conversation around whether or not scientists should involve themselves in politics.

Sunday, April 23

Earth Day of Service

8:30AM-1:00PM, Sign up on Nova Tix

Get your hands dirty with the Villanova Environmental Group. You will travel to Norristown to plant trees and shrubs for an organic farm and education center. Snacks will be provided.      

Sign up on Nova Tix

For questions contact Barb Donnini

Check out this years official Earth Day Poster

Share Earth Week Events with your class using our pre-made powerpoint


Villanova University, as a community of learned and learning scholars, respecting the sacredness of all creation, accepts its responsibility to the integrity of Earth and its biodiversity, to the heritage of future generations, and to the security of nations. By utilizing the Augustinian values of Unitas, Veritas, and Caritas, meaning love thy neighbor, promote community unity, and live life in moderation through our curriculum, work environment, and operations, Villanova’s approach to sustainability exemplifies an emphasis on social justice and community service.

For questions regarding campus sustainability email Liesel Schwarz