Schedule of Earth Week 2022 Events

Earth Day Events

The Scranton Sustainability Office Celebrates Earth Day Every Day for Spring 2022

The University of Scranton’s Sustainability Office has chosen the theme “We are all connected” for their spring initiative towards increasing sustainability. The theme was inspired by Pope Francis’ 2015 Encyclical letter “On Care for Our Common Home” in which he urges readers to take action to protect our Earth and all the life contained within it. Humanity’s connection to the Earth means that it is our responsibility to act in a way that will support and protect our environment. The Sustainability Office is hosting several events during the Spring semester in conjunction with the Jesuit Center, Kania School of Management, Multicultural Center, Weinberg Memorial Library, Environmental Studies Concentration, Environmental Science Major, and the Society for Sustainability and Conservation in a collaborative effort to bring this action to University of Scranton’s Campus.

 From January 21st to April 4th the Sustainability Office will be accepting submissions for their yearly Environmental Essay contest for 5th through 12th grade. On March 3rd at 6:30 PM there will be a film showing of The Human Element with filmmaker James Balog in the Moskovitz Theatre. Also in March, there will be a celebration for World Water Day on the 22nd from 6-8 PM on the second-floor lobby of the DeNaples Center.

 The month of April will have its own group of exciting events to engage students with sustainability. From April 19th – 26th, there will be an Environmental Art Show installation on the fifth floor of the Weinberg Memorial Library. Also on the 19th, there will be an Earth Day Fair in the Loyola Science Center Lobby form 11AM- 1PM. On April 20th, there will be an Evening of Environmental Science event in the Loyola Science Center Lobby from 6-8pm. Guest speaker Dr. Michael Mann will be coming on April 21st to the DeNaples Center Ballroom at 7 PM to lecture on his book “The New Climate War”. The final event of April will be an art show address with artist Laura Kern, which will be on the 25th from 5:30-7 PM in the Loyola Science Center Lobby.

 The Weinberg Memorial Library will be joining the Lackawanna Heritage Valley for a trail cleanup at the Heritage Trail on Sunday, April 24, 10am-12pm. We will meet at the Broadway St. Trailhead by the University’s Quinn Sports Complex. All are welcome to join us! If you have any questions or need directions, contact Sheli Pratt-McHugh at sheli.pratt-mchugh@scranton.edu.

 In May the Sustainability Office will be hosting a three-hour kayaking trip on the Susquehanna River as the weather begins to warm up to get students outside and engaged with the environment. All of these events sponsored by the Sustainability Office and other campus- wide organizations help to connect our campus with the environment and encourage everyone to take action to preserve the Earth.


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April 20, 2022  Wednesday,  6-8:00pm   Evening of Environmental Science

Submission deadline - post marked by April 1, 2022 or electronically by April 4, 2022, click here for essay contest rules.

Area students in grades 5-12 may participate in an environmental essay contest at The University of Scranton as part of its celebration of Earth Day 2022. The University’s Sustainability Office and student Sustainability and Conservation Society will announce the winners at a program for participants and their families and teachers on Wednesday, April 20, 2022, beginning at 6:00 p.m.

 The theme for this year’s Essay Contest is: “We Are All Connected.”

 Possible topics: Conservation; recycling; healthy eating, animal agriculture, renewable energy, eliminating single use containers, bees, gradening, transportation, community, family, and school.

 Requirements: Student essays need to clearly explain their position on their topic and include information on the topic’s impact on the environment. The essay should provide a clear understanding of the topic and the theme.

5th and6th Grade essays must be 200-400 words

7th, 8th, and 9th grade essays must be between 300 and 500 words 

10th, 11th and 12th grade essays must be between 500 and 700 words

Each essay must be typed. Plagiarized submissions or hand-written essays will not be accepted. Submissions must include the student’s name, address, phone number, email, grade, age, and school. Please note, the name of student’s teacher should be included if this is part of a school or class project. All essays must also include the total number of words in the essay. There is no charge for submissions.

 Student Essay submission information:

-Electronically - Deadline is April 4, 2022. Please email to Susan.Falbo@scranton.edu.

 -Snail mail - The University of Scranton, Office of Sustainability, Smurfit Arts Center, 445 Madison Avenue, Scranton, PA 18510, Attn: Earth Day Essay Contest. Submissions must be postmarked on or before April 1, 2022 to be considered.

Submissions may be picked up immediately following April 20, 2022 event at the University of Scranton Loyola Science Center lobby.

 Judging: Essays will be judged based on the following:

  •  75% - Content. Important points to remember: essays must show a clear understanding of sustainability, your specific topic, and the impact on the environment.
  •  15% - Grammar, spelling, etc.
  •  10% - Form. Submissions must include student’s name, grade, school, and other requirements as listed above.