Earth Day arrives early at UDM
Volunteers from the Class of 2006 (L to R) Emily Cole, Andrew Kombrat, Debbie Michel, Angela Tardiff, and Eileen Kilcullen help clean up campus as part of Detroit Earthfest.
Gerald Cavanagh, S.J., Chair of Business Ethics and Professor of Management browses one of the many tables set up at Detroit Earthfest.
As perhaps the earliest celebration in the nation of the 35th anniversary of Earth Day (April 22), UDM's “Detroit Earthfest”, held on April 4, brought more than 30 local and national organizations together with the UDM community and the public for food, music, fun—and social awareness. UDM's Campus Ministry, the Institute for Building Sustainable Communities, the Justice Club, Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity, the Student Environmental Club, the Student Senate and the Chem Club participated, as well as the Sierra Club, DTE, Metropolitan Organizing Strategies Enabling Strength (MOSES), NorthStar Community Development Corporation, and Michigan Interfaith Power and Light.
Detroit Earthfest both raised awareness and made a visible difference—the event concluded with student volunteers tackling a campus-wide cleanup, an effort coordinated by UDM's chapter of Alpha Phi Omega, the national service fraternity.
Sponsors of the event included UDM's Student Environmental Club and Institute for Building Sustainable Communities, with additional support from Earth Charter USA, the Environmental Justice Resource Center, The 7th Global Conference on Non-Violence, and the UN Decade for Sustainability Education.