Earth Week

For almost 50 years, the annual observation of Earth Day has helped support an array of programs and events that promote responsible care for the environment.

Gardner-Webb University joins the Earth Day effort each year, offering educational and service opportunities to students and other members of the community, with a firm belief in the responsible use and maintenance of God’s creation.

The University will host events and partner with several programs during the upcoming 2017 Earth Week, which leads to this year’s worldwide recognition of Earth Day on Saturday, April 22.

On April 22, community members will gather from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the nearby Broad River Greenway for a River Sweep to remove litter from areas surrounding the waterway.

Gardner-Webb is a community partner with the Greenway, and GWU’s Campus Recreation office is helping organize the river cleanup event. Participants are encouraged to wear clothes and shoes that can get wet and to bring gloves and drinking water. Trash bags and other equipment will be provided. <a href="mailto:kduren@broadrivergreenway.com">Contact Ranger Reid Jolly for more information</a>.

Among other events throughout Earth Week, Gardner-Webb’s Department of Social Sciences will continue an annual tradition of planting trees on campus with another addition outside Frank Nanney Hall.

Gardner-Webb will also host its annual Earth Fair on the campus quad on April 20, from 1:30 to 3:30 PM. The fair will include the presentation of service-learning projects by students in Dr. David Judge’s sustainability class.

For more information about the fair, <a href="mailto:tlegrand2@gardner-webb.edu">contact Dr. Tom LeGrand</a>, director of the GWU IMPACT Center for Christian Ethics and Social Responsibility. In partnership with many other GWU and community organizations, the IMPACT Center and the University’s student-based Creation Care & Environmental Club are helping organize Earth Week activities on campus.