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Kent State Celebrates Earth Week, April 21 to 25

Posted Apr. 21, 2014

Kent State University and local businesses will celebrate Earth Week April 21-25 during on-campus events throughout the week.

"What ties us all together is that in the springtime, people are often more aware of the environment around them,” says Melanie Knowles, manager of sustainability for Kent State Facilities Planning and Operations. “This is a good time to stop and consider our relationship with our local environment.”

To celebrate Earth Day, on Tuesday, April 22, from 9-11:30 a.m., a children’s book reading and children’s Earth Day art exhibit will take place in the lecture hall of Ritchie Hall. This event is a collaborative effort between Kent State’s Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Office of Sustainability; Child Development Center; Department of Pan-African Studies; Ohio Campus Compact; and Belleria Italian Restaurant.

Attendees can also participate in a tree-planting and other activities, all free and open to the public.

On Thursday, April 24, the annual tree-planting ceremony marking the conclusion of the RecycleMania competition will take place at 3 p.m. in the courtyard of Centennial Court A and Centennial Court B, weather permitting. Two awards will be presented this year: one for the winner of the hall-to-hall competition (Engleman Hall) and one for the most improved participation competition (Centennial Court A and Centennial Court B).

On Friday, April 25, Standing Rock Cultural Arts will present the eighth annual “Who’s Your Mama?” Environmental Film Festival. The festival will take place 7-9 p.m. in the Kent Student Center Kiva. The video projector will be powered by a solar-powered trailer provided by Dovetail Solar and Wind.

Films shown at the festival will come from all over the world, including a few short films by local artist Vince Packard. Admission for the film festival is $5 for the general public and $3 for students and seniors.

For more information on the “Who’s Your Mama?” Environmental Festival, visit

For more information about Earth Week events, contact Knowles at or 330-672-3880.