Unity College celebrates Earth Week by giving community members tools and tips to help the planet
UNITY — These days, there are all sorts of “hacks” out there to make life a little easier. From waterproofing your canvas shoes to creating a phone speaker out of a toilet paper roll, you can find nearly anything if you peruse the internet long enough. If you’d prefer not to go down that rabbit hole for hours on end, Unity College is bringing a slew of handy environmental hacks to its Earth Week celebrations this year.
“As America’s Environmental College, Earth Week and Earth Day mean a lot to our students, faculty, and staff,” said Dr. Melik Peter Khoury, President of Unity College. “We want to take that excitement and passion that we all have for the environment and share it with the community, so that they can also adopt a more sustainable lifestyle, and pass ideas and practices on to their friends and family.”
Throughout the weekend of April 21-22, Unity College will host Nourish! A Sustainability Fair, where community members are encouraged to take part in activities to discover these hacks that will benefit themselves, and the environment.
“This year, we wanted to give the community some things they could really use,” said Jennifer deHart, Chief Sustainability Officer of Unity College. “You can create sustainable cleaning supplies and other household items, you can practice meditation and build it into your daily routine, you can learn how to be an advocate for the environment. We wanted to make sure everyone could get involved — athletes, music lovers, foodies — no matter how experienced they may or may not be with sustainability projects.”
Some of the hacks you will find at this year’s celebration include DIY make-it-and-take-it sustainable household items, cooking tips with Forward Food guest chefs, and a presentation on how to live plastic-free.
The 37th annual Unity College Spring 5K kicks off the weekend with registration at 8 a.m. and a 9 a.m. start time ($10 pre-registration required by April 22). Then, gather at Nourish! A Sustainability Fair at noon at Tozier Gymnasium to create a sustain-a-bowl, sample Elmhurst Nut Milks, create Earth-friendly cleaning products, and enjoy some live music.
Sunday is this year’s Day of Service, where participants can help clean up Triplet Park and other areas in the village of Unity from 10 a.m.-noon, and at 1 p.m. help pack 10,000 meals for families in need as part of Rise Against Hunger.
“It’s going to be a lot of fun, and I can almost guarantee that you’re going to take something away with you that will help improve your life and the environment,” added deHart.
For a full schedule of events, visit Unity.edu.
About Unity College
The first institution of higher education in the nation to divest from fossil fuel investments, Unity College is changing the face of higher education. Sustainability science lies at the heart of its educational mission, offering environmentally focused undergraduate majors on campus and four online master’s degrees. For more information, visit unity.edu.