VILLANOVA, Pa. – Villanova University views environmental stewardship as an important part of its mission. After embracing the inaugural Earth Day in 1970, the University has since used the occasion to host stimulating speakers and special events on campus. Villanova will continue the tradition this year by hosting a series of programs and events in celebration of the 44th Earth Day, April 22.
Having long demonstrated a strong commitment to sustainability through environmentally-focused policies, initiatives and academic programs, Villanova’s approach to preserving the environment exemplifies an emphasis on social justice and community service.
“Sustainability and respect for the earth are an important part of the Villanova tradition, and we integrate sustainability into our curricula, scholarly research, academic and community events, and institutional policy and practice,” said Nathaniel Weston, assistant professor of environmental science in Villanova’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. “We highlight our commitment to sustainability with our annual celebration of Earth Day.”
This year’s Earth Day Celebration will feature a keynote speech by Dean Carlson, founder and owner of Wyebrook Farm in Honey Brook, PA. Other Earth Day events include a Sustainability Fair and Famers Market, as well as a panel discussion on “sustainable agriculture.” All Earth Day events are free and open to the public.
Below is a full schedule of Earth Day events:
Tuesday, April 22
Wednesday, April 23
Saturday, April 26
In 2007, The Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, President of the University, reinforced Villanova’s commitment to sustainability by signing the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), the goal of which is to make Villanova a climate-neutral campus. Villanova submitted a formal Climate Action Plan to the ACUPCC, designating the year 2050 as the University’s target date for net climate neutrality.
In addition to the efforts aimed at making Villanova’s physical campus more sustainable, the University has numerous academic programs that provide an emphasis on sustainability. They include a master’s degree in sustainable engineering; first-year environmental learning community; bachelor’s degrees in environmental science, environmental studies, and environmental biology/ecology; undergraduate minors in environmental studies and sustainability studies; biology master’s degree, graduate certificate, and advanced graduate certificate with a concentration in ecology, evolution, and organismal biology; master’s degree in water resources and environmental engineering; a graduate certificate in urban water resources design; and a graduate sustainability course in “Sustainable Industrial Chemistry.”
Villanova’s 2014 Earth Day Celebration is co-sponsored by The President’s Environmental Sustainability Committee, Falvey Library, Dining Services, the Villanova Center for Peace and Justice, Villanova Center for Liberal Education, Villanova’s Maintenance and Grounds staff, and the departments of Biology, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Geography and the Environment, and History.
For more information on the Villanova Commitment to Sustainability, click here.
About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's five colleges – the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing and the Villanova University School of Law. As students grow intellectually, Villanova prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them.