Earth Day

School of Medicine focuses on sustainable themes

Earth Day

BY Beth Miller

Energy conservation, gardening and water conservation, recycling and transportation were the focus of the Earth Day  2011 celebration at Washington University School of Medicine.

The sustainable themes were represented at four stations around the medical center. Faculty, staff and students visited each location to learn more about each of the themes and to pick up small giveaways. The day’s events were sponsored by the medical school’s Sustainability Action Team.

• Energy Conservation: Make your home more energy-efficient.

• Gardening and water conservation: Composting, rain water collection and sustainable gardening.

• Recycling: Recycling at home and at work.

• Transportation: Sustainable transportation options, including MetroBus and MetroLink, WeCar, bicycling, car- or van-pooling and more.

Participants also had the opportunity to take the School of Medicine’s sustainability pledge. The information at each table is now available at

The first Earth Day, held on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans and is credited with launching the sustainability movement. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.

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