Scranton Celebrates Earth Day

April 22 marks the 51st celebration of Earth Day.

While the in-person Earth Day fair is not taking place due to the pandemic, the University is holding several virtual Earth Day events.

Environmental Art Show

A post regarding this year’s environmental art show.

The Environmental Art Show is being held for the 10th year, however this year it is virtual.

The exhibit debuted this past Monday.

Students, staff and faculty are responsible for this year’s submissions.

View this year’s art show here!

Climate Reality: There is Good News

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A Discussion on Climate Change

On April 14, the Office of Sustainability, the political science department and the environmental studies concentration held a discussion about the United States’ rejoining of the Paris Climate Accord.

The Paris vs. Pittsburgh advertisement poster.

The event featured three keynote speakers: JoyAnna Hopper, Ph.D., professor of environmental policy, Jessica Nolan, Ph.D., professor of environmental psychology, and Mark R. Murphy, director of sustainability at Scranton.

JoyAnna Hopper, Ph.D., teaches several courses at the university, including including courses in U.S. political institutions, social welfare and environmental policy, federalism and research methods.

Dr. Hopper’s research focuses on state-level environmental policy. She spoke about how the solution to climate change is global cooperation and said that the outcome depends on how everyone else participates.

“The agreement was made in Paris, but it’s going to be what happens in places like Scranton . . . that determine how successful we’re going to be in protecting our future both environmentally and economically,” Dr. Hopper said.

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Being Environmentally Friendly on Campus

April 22, is Earth Day! Earth Day is meant to be a reminder to take care of the planet and to inspire others to do what is right for the environment.

There are plenty of ways you can be environmentally friendly on campus!

Recycle

Every building on campus has separate bins for trash, plastic and cardboard.  Separate plastic and cardboard from your trash, and be sure to recycle them accordingly.  On average, plastic water bottles take 450 years to decompose.  That means when a plastic bottle ends up in the trash, it’s sitting in a landfill for 450 years.  Recycling is an easy way to prevent this and help the earth stay clean!

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