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Earth month activities to span throughout April

Sustainable activities include Waste Reduction Drive and Earth Day Dinner

Earth Day is an internationally observed event that focuses on sustainability and the conservation of the Earth. It falls on April 22 this year, but Michigan Tech is encouraging students to be more cognizant of their impact on the Earth for the entire month of April. This initiative is aptly titled “Earth Month”. 

Several student organizations are doing their part this month by hosting events. One of these organizations is the Sustainability Demonstration House (SDH). The SDH is hosting several events this month including a waste reduction drive and Earth Day dinner. 

Abbey Herndon lives in the SDH on Michigan Tech’s campus. The tenants in the house are environmentally conscious and have many sustainable systems including solar panels, hydroponics, and a beehive. 

“All Earth Months events are working towards spreading awareness of how we can all live better lives to keep our planet healthy,” Herndon said. 

The Keweenaw’s 4th Annual Waste Reduction Drive is taking place at the SDC on Saturday, April 15. The SDH is collecting writing utensils, razors, dental products, old socks, and other objects as part of this drive from 9am to 3pm. 

The SDH is also putting on their annual Earth Day dinner at McNair Dining Hall on Thursday, April 20 from 4 to 7 p.m. The menu will be primarily plant-based and all waste will be diverted from landfills through composting and recycling. 

“The Earth Day Dinner is always an exciting event because people can come and try new things and hopefully learn something new that they can do to help our planet,” Herndon said. 

Outside of these events, there are several other opportunities to get involved, such as bird feeder craft night in the Makerspace and an art and music festival in the Rozsa Lobby. Herndon strongly recommends attending any of the offered events, no matter what organization is hosting. 

“Just stop by to check it out or participate. This is a time where we can take the time to spread more awareness about sustainability and what we can do to have a healthy Earth!” Herndon said. 

More information on Earth Month can be found in the Student Scoop and MTU Sustainability Blog.

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