Earth Month 2014

Happy April, Wolfpack! Today marks the beginning of Earth Month at NC State. As an institution that has spearheaded research in every discipline, particularly in education, technology, and science, NC State is leading our country (and world) again by teaching us how to adopt sustainable practices that will help our planet.

Student decorated Brickyard chalk art during Earth Day activities.Change Your State, an initiative of the Sustainability Office, has put together a very exciting and comprehensive collection of Earth-friendly events. You’ll have the chance to attend screenings of inspiring films, lectures, live music performances and utility plant tours. The celebration kicks off with an Earth Fair on April 9 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Brickyard.

Of course the Health Center is celebrating Earth Month, too. To complement the mission of Change Your State, we want to help you to Change Your State of Wellness! On Monday, April 14 from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. in the Witherspoon Student Center’s Sankofa Room, Health Promotion is offering free salsa lessons. Begin your week of studying and paper-writing with some fun.  The event offers a chance to socialize with true and new friends, get moving and enjoy some yummy food to sustain you so you can return to your schoolwork refreshed and full of endorphins.  Health Promotion will also be at Centennial Campus on April 22 from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. at “Party Like It’s Your Death” with stress reducing fun, including therapy dogs to get your puppy fix.

Also sponsored by Student Health, along with Campus Police, is a Medication Drop Off on Saturday, April 26th from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the parking lot behind the Student Health Center. If you have expired or unused medication lying around, don’t trash it or flush it. Medications can poison our landfills and water systems if not thrown away safely. Bring them to the free, public Medication Drop Off event to protect our planet.

Earth Month reminds us to cultivate all seven dimensions of wellness, but one dimension in particular: environmental. Environmental wellness involves maintaining a way of life that minimizes harm to the environment. It also involves being aware of the unstable state of the earth and the effects our daily habits have on the physical environment. NS.FarmWorkday.7844

Think about what you do everyday, from the food you eat, to the clothes you wear, to the transportation you use. Can you make a small, consistent change in your daily routine that can make our planet a little healthier?

A few ways to increase your environmental wellness include:

  • Conserve water and other resources;
  • Reduce, reuse, recycle;
  • Minimize chemical use
  • Attend as many 2014 Earth Month events as you can!