“Dartmouth’s sustainability mission is to be a national and global leader,” says Sustainability Director Rosi Kerr ’97. “Part of what Earth Day is about is communicating and gathering ideas to make Dartmouth more sustainable and build our leadership in the field. All the events are intended to be both fun and informative.”
Sarah Frostenson ’11, head intern for the Office of Sustainability and organizer of this year’s Earth Day events, adds, “It is only right that Dartmouth take its commitment to Earth Day seriously, especially as Dartmouth starts to envision where it will be as an institution 20 years from now, or even 50 years from now. Earth Day marks an incredible opportunity for us as a campus to not only come together to learn about our behaviors, but to also celebrate just how far we’ve come," particularly in terms of diverting material from the College’s waste stream.
Earth Week activities include a zero waste challenge, designed to help participants examine their recycling and composting behavior. The challenge runs from April 19 through 22; an information session takes place Monday, April 18 at 4 p.m. in Collis 101. On Thursday, April 21 the Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity sponsors a “Sustainability And Social Justice Dinner” at 7:30 p.m. in Collis Common Ground. The celebration concludes Saturday, April 23 with a sustainability street fair held at Collis patio and beyond, featuring local businesses, vendors, farmers, and Dartmouth student organizations from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The street fair will be followed directly by a Programming Board-sponsored concert in front of Berry Library’s Novack Cafe.