Moravian Celebrates Earth Day

Moravian students and faculty members marked Earth Day 2010 with a tree planting and recyclable art contest. The crabapple tree, purchased with funds contributed by an interdisciplinary class ("Climate Crises: Past, Present, and Future") taught by Professors Diane Husic and Hilde Binford, was planted behind Johnston Hall. (The funds were reserved by the class to help offset their carbon emissions.)

"Classes like this teach students how they can make changes in their lives and their communities," said Steve Inghram '10. "Although we are not able to install solar panels or windmills, our class found simple ways to offset our CO2 emissions. We chose to install CFL bulbs in Bethlehem homes and plant trees."

"Higher education is based on hope—all that we do here is for the future," noted Dean Gordon Weil in remarks at the noon ceremony. "Fostering stewardship of our environment is organic to our mission. We should continue to tend to our students, our trees, our water, and our air—they represent our future."Members of the Environmental Coalition and Sustainability Committee, led by Professor Frank Kuserk (director of environmental studies) helped plant the tree. Justin Holguin '11 performed a flute solo; Chaplain Hopeton Clennon offered a prayer.

Later in the afternoon, a Recyclable Art Contest was held in the HUB. A functional chair made entirely of plastic water bottles by members of the Art Club won first prize. First prize in the "5-Minute Challenge" went to Caitlin Campbell '13.