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April is Earth Month at ASU

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Article Published: Apr. 3 | Modified: May. 1
April is Earth Month at ASU

Appalachian State’s Office of Sustainability promises something for everyone during Earth Month this April, including programs and demonstrations on Sanford Mall on campus.

Photo by Marie Freeman

Throughout the years, the Office of Sustainability at Appalachian State University has taken the lead in supporting sustainable initiatives not only on campus but in the greater Watauga County area.

To better bridge the gap between the community and university, the office is spearheading a number of environmentally conscious events during Earth Month in April.

“We are trying to spread the word that simple things that we do everyday can make a big difference, and huge things together can mean more time for us on this planet,” said Donna Presnell of the Office of Sustainability.

Earth Month will present more than 40 events dedicated to promoting sustainability on campus and in the community.

“Sustainability at Appalachian is woven into the fabric of not only our campus, but also the entire High Country,” said Ged Moody, director of the Office of Sustainability, in a prepared statement. “Earth Day is an internationally recognized celebration of our amazing planet, and we felt it worthy of an entire month of events and activities to share with the greater community all the innovative and engaging work being done at Appalachian around sustainability.”

The goal of Earth Month is to educate and inspire members of the Appalachian family to engage in sustainable practices in their everyday lives, environmentally, socially and economically. Earth Month events began on April 1, with energy efficient cooking classes and recycling workshops in Central Dining Hall.

There are a multitude of events planned for Earth Month, including “Our Wonderful Waters Weekend,” which begins Saturday, April 12.

Events for the weekend will include BuildFest at Parkway Elementary School, where the Sustainability and Environmental Education Club (SEEC) will be running a booth, leading children in building watershed models and demonstrating connections between our lands and waters. That afternoon, the Appalachian Sustainability Council begins its inaugural Adopt-A-Stream cleanup of Boone Creek, followed by a gathering at Appalachian Mountain Brewery.

The university’s annual Sustainability Forum will take place April 17 at Sanford Mall on campus.
Leading up to the annual fair, the office will launch a sustainable living guide mobile app, which features eight categories on how to eat, exercise and live well, Presnell said.

Additionally, Earth Month will feature a collaboration with the Watauga County Humane Society on a campaign promoting measures to better control the county’s pet population.

“There are so many ways to get involved with Earth Month,” Presnell said. “Some are very focused for students, and some are more broadly focused for the community. We are all connected to taking better care of the planet. No matter what your politics are, I believe everyone wants to do that.”

For the full calendar of events, visit

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