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      Sustainability Series

      Month-long Series Highlights Widener’s Sustainability Efforts

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      Sustainability Expo

      Junior Taylor Borgstrom and sophomore Alixandra Trainor visit the Sustainability Expo in University Center on April 16.

      The Widener University community recognizes that the actions we all choose today have far-reaching consequences in the future. We all have a responsibility to ensure that future generations have the social, economic and environmental resources to thrive.

      To highlight the university's sustainability efforts, the Widener Sustainability Council planned and coordinated a series of events in April.

      The series kicked off April 12 with a visiting scholar in environmental law at Delaware Law School and continued throughout the month with a Sustainability Expo, panel discussion with industry experts, tree plantings, park cleanups, voter registration and representation tabling, and more on Main Campus.

      For a complete list of events, visit the online calendar.

      Sustainability Expo

      The 2018 Sustainability Expo on April 16 showcased sustainability efforts in the community, on campus, and in the classroom at Widener.

      Attendees learned about faculty and student sustainability-related research projects and activities, as well as the Taylor Arboretum, which was acquired by the university in 2016. Students at the expo were prompted to reflect on what sustainability means to them.

      Taylor Borgstrom, a junior early childhood and special education major, and Alixandra Trainor, a sophomore nursing major, visited the expo tables set up in the University Center Atrium.

      Borgstrom said the expo made her think about the way sustainability has been tied to the curriculum of classes she has taken at Widener. Last year, she took a class in which they visited the Taylor Arboretum and discussed the limited resources of the planet.

      "It is an issue that people don't always think about," she said. "We live in a clean place, but for many people there is no escaping dirty water and air."

      At the expo, Borgstrom and Trainor signed cards advocating for the passage of two pieces of legislation that would improve the environment and reflected on how they can compost and limit the use of plastic.

      Cherry Tree Planting

      On April 19, Widener students and faculty celebrated Earth Day a few days early by planting cherry trees on Main Campus.

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      Cherry Trees

      Widener students and faculty install three cherry trees as part of the April Sustainability Series.

      Approximately 40 students, many of whom are involved in Greek Life, and faculty planted three trees, which were donated by UPS, and repaired a drainage area near Kapelski Hall.

      Jessica Kowalski, a senior majoring in management with a concentration in operations management and a minor in sustainability management, coordinated the event in collaboration with the Sustainability Council. She saw firsthand how the tree planting made a positive impact on campus.

      "We can all work individually on sustainability, but if there are groups that can put in the time and effort to make these changes, we can really leave something behind and leave something for future students to strive for," Kowalski said. "There is a never-ending need for improvement, so by working with organizations, we can have a large and positive impact."

      The students also began installing a garden and stone pathway as part of a visual representation of Widener's new sustainability and civic engagement curricular pathway.

      "Even though it rained, the students were really dedicated to installing the garden and to giving more visibility to the sustainability pathway," Kowalski said.

      Last year, the College of Arts & Sciences received a $25,000 grant from the Teagle Foundation to pilot the development of a new curricular pathway. The three-year grant was awarded in a competitive process and was made possible through Widener's affiliation with Project Pericles and the Lang Foundation. The pathway now comprises 14 general education courses that span nine departments in the College of Arts & Sciences.

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