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Waynesburg University celebrates Earth Day

Local high school students participate in Earth Day-centered activities

Rachel Pellegrino Apr 22, 2022

Waynesburg University hosted an Earth Day event Friday, April 22.

Students from Carmichaels Area High School, Waynesburg University environmental science classes and members of the Pennsylvania State Envirothon team attended the event. They were able to engage in several activities that aimed to raise awareness for environmental issues.

“The most important aspect of solving critical environmental issues facing our planet today is to educate the next generation,” said Dr. Janet Paladino, professor of environmental science.

The most important aspect of solving critical environmental issues facing our planet today is to educate the next generation."

Dr. Janet Paladino, professor of environmental science

The event, which was hosted by Waynesburg’s Global Issues in Environmental Science class, addressed several environmental issues including deforestation, the decline in native pollinators and native wildlife in Greene County, the impact of invasive species and issues regarding the overuse of plastics.

Approximately 30 students from Carmichaels participated in the day’s events, which included work on the University’s Unity Trail that consisted of Shagbark Hickory planting and pollinator garden planting.

Students also assisted with the preparation of wildlife mounts and attended a “Plastics Not So Fantastic” event that featured speakers and a plastics activity lab.

Through this educational event, Dr. Paladino hoped that the high school students would leave the University with optimism for the future of our planet.

“This will require the next generation to make every day Earth Day and engage in thoughtful solutions to protect the health of our ourselves and all of God’s creation,” Dr. Paladino said.

Funding for the event was made possible by the Leah Abbe Zwerver Memorial Fund of the Community Foundation of Greene County.

About the Community Foundation of Greene County

The Community Foundation is the central philanthropic vehicle in Greene County for donations of various types and sizes. It builds community capital by professionally managing permanent donor endowment funds and strategically making grants that meet the current and emerging needs of the community. The Community Foundation was established in 2000 and now manages more than $2 million in assets.

About Waynesburg University

Consistently ranked a best value school, Waynesburg University’s Strategy for the 21st Century affirms its commitment to developing an entrepreneurial mindset and ethical leadership skills for all students. Rooted in its mission of faith, learning and service, the private, Christian university is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with an additional site for graduate and professional programs in Southpointe.