Earth Day Celebration
April 22, 2013
8:30 a.m. Panel Discussion on Hydraulic Fracturing in the Marcellus Shale
- Join Villanova faculty and invited experts in a discussion on the economic opportunities and environmental challenges posed by natural gas extraction in the Marcellus Shale. The discussion will include questions posed by the audience. Continental breakfast provided.
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Sustainability Fair
Lower Level Connelly Center (indoors)
- Eco-vendors, student environmental organizations, information about campus environmental initiatives and Green Jobs, alternative energy companies, raffles of Villanova basketball and football tickets, Dining Service samples, and other displays will take place in the bottom floor of Connelly Center. In addition, students in Introduction to Environmental Science (GEV 1051) will display the results of their semester-long research on Villanova’s campus environment.
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Sustainability Fair Farmer’s Market
- Dining Services has arranged for local vendors, including area farmers, to offer locally grown produce, breads, meats, beverages and other products. Cash only. There will also be a chef on site preparing free samples!
4:30 p.m. Earth Day Keynote Address
- Katherine Gajewski was appointed by Philadelphia’s Mayor Nutter to head the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability. Mayor Nutter pledged in 2008 to make Philadelphia the greenest city in America. Greenworks Philadelphia is an ambitious plan released in 2009 that sets 15 sustainability targets in the areas of energy, environment, equity, economy, and engagement to realize the Mayor’s goal by 2015. The city has made substantial progress towards sustainability objectives under the leadership of Ms. Gajewski and Mayor Nutter.
Many thanks to the following co-sponsors: Falvey Library, Dining Services, the Institute for Global Interdisciplinary Studies, Center for Peace and Justice, Villanova Center for Liberal Education, Maintenance and Grounds staff, and the departments of Biology, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Geography and the Environment, History.