Earth Day 2009
According to Earth Day Network, Earth Day is the largest secular holiday in the world, celebrated by more than a billion people.
In the spring, Berkeley locations celebrated Earth Day in a variety of ways.
- The New York Student Development and Campus Life Department invited NYC and WST students to submit an Earth Day essay answering the question, "What is the most important step we can take to maintain a sustainable environment?" Congratulations to Kyle Wong, Marketing, and and Michelle Defaz, International Business, both from the NYC location, who won the essay contest. Click their names to read their winning essays.
- Paramus location students and staff were invited to submit projects for a recycled art contest. Project guidelines were announced on Earth Day, April 22, with a display, judging, and barbecue held on June 3. First and second place prizes in each of the categories (wearable/usable art and general art) received a $50 or $25 gift card and were decided by popular vote of students and staff. A $100 grand prize gift card was awarded by a panel of judges.
- The White Plains location showed The 11th Hour, a documentary produced by Leonardo DiCaprio. Sustainability flyers were also available.
- The New York City location held an all-day film festival in the student lounge, showing An Inconvenient Truth, The 11th Hour, and Wall-E. Materials about reducing greenhouse gas emissions were also distributed.
- The Woodbridge location presented "Trash to Treasure," an interactive show that demonstrated how to turn recyclable items into reusable products such as jewelry, toys, and invitations.
- "Recycle Your Style!" returned to the Woodland Park location, where students, faculty, and staff were invited to recycle their old clothes with tie-dye during Activity Period.
- Online students and staff shared recipes for "recycled" food (aka leftovers). The Green Project online club also made Earth Day plans.