Lewis Sustainability Council hosts ‘Earth Week’

Photos by Samtha Carlson
Students celebrate Earth Week by planting native prairie plants.

Sophomore Kate Schreiber planted in the bioswales during Earth Week.

Samantha Carlson, Co-News Editor

To continue their efforts in sustaining the environment, the Lewis Sustainability Council promotes daily activities to make the campus more environmentally friendly.

In honor of Earth Day, celebrated nationally April 22, and Arbor Day, celebrated nationally April 25, students and faculty came together for a full week with projects to restore sustainability on campus. On April 27, members of the Lewis community gathered to plant native species in bioswales located on campus near parking lots.

Bioswales are elements that are designed to remove pollution from surface runoff water, and consist of gently sloped sides filled with vegetation.

The plants are native Illinois prairie plants with a deep root system that survives with minimal maintenance. The purpose of these plants is to collect rainwater and filter out the pollutants from parking lots.

Facilities Coordinator for Sustainability and Administration, Jaclyn Boyle, oversaw the activities that were planned for the week.

“I just really want to say thank you to all the students and Theta Kappa Pi, who came out in the cold, chilly weather to restore our bioswales,” said Boyle.

Other activities held during the week were a presentation concerning chemistry and the world, the Go Green award ceremony, a viewing party of the film “This Changes Everything” and the planting of a native tree on the nature trail in honor of Arbor Day.

The Sustainability Mission at Lewis reads, “In the spirit of knowledge, wisdom, fidelity, justice and association, Lewis University is committed to making a significant reduction in our ecological footprint on campus as well as the world.”

Contact Jaclyn Boyle at boyleja@lewisu.edu or call (815) 836-5716 with questions about sustainability at Lewis.

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