It’s Earth Day 2020, and yes, we are in the midst of the coronavirus, but that is NOT stopping Mother Nature from unfurling her leaves. Take a moment today to step outside and appreciate our Earth - the blue pebble in our solar system.

This Earth Day is especially poignant. It’s the 50-year anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.

Denison’s rich history of sustainability began in 1977, just seven years after the first Earth Day was celebrated in the United States, when the college established the Homestead, an off-the-grid, evolving experiment in socioenvironmentally-responsible community life.

Since then, the college has undertaken a number of wide-ranging initiatives that address the relationship between humans and their environment. The campus recycling program was introduced in 1984, and later evolved into a recycling center that is used by the entire community. In 1994, academic interest in environmentalism prompted the creation of an Environmental Studies major and minor.

Today, we boast a large solar array that provides 15% of the campus’ energy. With that, and many other initiatives, we are on our way to meeting our goal of a carbon-neutral campus by 2030.

Breathe deep and take a peaceful moment.

April 22, 2020