Tag: Earth Day

Strong Turnout at ECC Earth Day After Three-Year Hiatus

May 12, 2023 | Campus News

Organizers of the East Central College Earth Day celebration didn’t miss a beat despite a three-year hiatus between in-person events.

That’s according to Dr. Parvadha Govindaswamy, who said the April 29 event returned as strong as ever.

“Considering that we are doing this event after a three-year gap, the attendance was very good,” she said, adding that there were about 250 people in attendance.

Govindaswamy added that there was a wide variety of events and activities that reached attendees, from children to adults.

“Someone who visited every booth would have had plants, recycled paper with wildflower seeds, seed bombs, Strawberry DNA, animal crayons and bird feeders to take home with them,” she said.

“They would have fished pollution out of the ocean, peered through a telescope, traced the path of vegetables and fruits into and out of the U.S., learned some nature terms in Spanish, picked up tips and information about summer internships with the Endangered Wolf Center, Webster Groves Nature Society and Missouri Stream Team.”

In addition, there were demonstrations on ocean erosion, solar energy at work, and worm composting.

There were 30 different activities for different age groups during Earth Day, ranging from making crafts and building collages, to learning a new language, learning geography and hearing about internship and volunteer opportunities

“It was a good mix of activities that required one to stop and think as well get in there and do hands-on activities – both much needed for learning and engagement,” Govindaswamy said.

Holding community events like Earth Day, she noted, fits the College’s goal of promoting lifelong learning.

“This is one of the many efforts this college offers that help us share knowledge with our community about various topics that interest the community, and those that are important and relevant to current times,” Govindaswamy said. “Classroom teaching, when supplemented with such extracurricular activities, can enhance our understanding of and engagement with the world around us. And what better way to do that than opening our campus to have the community come over and self-guide their exploration and learning of different topics?”

Hosting Earth Day celebrations at ECC is one way of giving back to the community that supports the College.

“Since this event is geared towards all age groups it allows us to engage with and provide service for a larger cross section of this community,” Govindaswamy added. “Which is always exciting to us.”

Green Committee Celebrating Earth Day Throughout April

April 15, 2021 | Campus News

East Central College is expanding its celebration of the Earth this year and promoting education and awareness on environmental issues throughout April.

The ECC Green Committee, which is part of the Civic and Community Engagement Coalition, holds an annual Earth Day event on campus. However, due to COVID-19 restrictions, there was no event in 2020.

Dr. Parvadha Govindaswamy said the committee adjusted this year and has spread its celebration of Earth to an entire month.

“Last year around this time when COVID hit full swing we were caught off-guard and were unable to do any Earth Day celebration because in-person celebrations were out of the question and we didn’t have enough time to pivot, in order to keep everyone safe we canceled,” Govindaswamy said.

This year, the Green Committee had more time to plan and prepared a month-long celebration focusing on its goals of promoting education and awareness about environmental issues and championing green initiatives.

International Mother Earth Day is celebrated annually on April 22. ECC has held an event on a Saturday near that date.

“We were determined to work with what we have and decided to embrace the unlimited virtual world we have at our fingertips,” Dr. Govindaswamy said. “While ensuring safety we are immensely excited to continue to celebrate Earth Day virtually and disseminate fun and educational resources to our community. “

The committee already has been sharing videos and information from its Earth Day partners on college social media channels, including Facebook and Twitter.

“Our online presentations have been created by students, staff, faculty and community members,” Govindaswamy commented. “And they cover various topics such as conservation, history, poetry, pollution awareness, animal welfare, human health and more.

“The goals of the Earth Day activities promoted at ECC are to engage students and the community in learning about the environment,” she added.

The Green Committee strives to develop an appreciation for the impact humans have on the natural world, highlight various local and global efforts that together make huge impacts on the environment, and help spread the idea of stewardship to better preserve the environment.

“As educators and community members ourselves, we are keen on sharing knowledge and resources in whichever way it benefits the community we live in and we serve,” said Govindaswamy. “Our Earth Day celebration is one such opportunity.”

She noted that the committee plans to resume the in-person Earth Day event once it is safe to do so.

Earth Day Celebration at ECC

April 23, 2018 | Campus News

Many hands-on activities for children will highlight the Earth Day celebration at East Central College on Saturday, April 28. The free event will be held from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the Donald D. Shook Student Center.

Children will have the opportunity to plant seeds, dissect owl pellets, play with water bugs, create fairy gardens, dive into strawberry DNA, build bird feeders and much more!

Donations of old crayons will be accepted at the event, as well as HALO blankets.For more information about Earth Day activities at ECC call 636-584-6627.

ECC Celebrates Earth Day

April 12, 2016 | Campus News

Many hands-on activities for children will highlight the Earth Day celebration at East Central College on Saturday, April 30.  The free event will be held from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the Donald D. Shook Student Center at the college campus in Union.

Children will have the opportunity to plant samplings, learn about recycling and repurposing and also learn about animals and their habitats.  There will be a variety of games focused on protecting the earth’s natural resources.

Exhibitors confirmed thus far include the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Regional Stream Team, HALO Animal Shelter, Endangered Wolf Center, Miramiguoa Chapter of the Missouri Master Naturalists, Stuart Farms, Ned’s Nesting Boxes, Labadie Environmental Organization, Hillermann’s Nursery, and several other groups.  In addition, several ECC student groups will have demonstrations and activities promoting environmental awareness and recycling.

Several groups will be collecting items at Earth Day.  People can also bring their old electronics in for recycling, based on the one man handling rule. Any size flat panel TV or monitor, as well as printers that can be carried by an individual will be accepted.  Each person is allowed to bring one CRT computer monitor. A total of 3 CRT TV’s (32” or less) can be dropped off.  No large household appliances such as microwaves, refrigerators, or stoves can be donated. Used cell phones will be accepted for ALIVE; used crayons can be brought in for the Crayon Initiative; and used blankets, pet toys, and pet food will be accepted for HALO animal rescue.

Dr. Parvadha Govindaswamy, ECC associate professor of biology and event coordinator, noted that that the college hopes families can visit the campus April 30 to learn what they can do to conserve and protect the environment, and also be exposed to the educational and career opportunities in environment and science related careers.  “We want children to have fun with science,” said Govindaswamy.

For more information about Earth Day activities at ECC call 636-584-6627.