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NKU Earth Day 2023

April 14, 2023 - The Office of Sustainability at NKU has planned an entire week of events to celebrate Earth Day! Daily events are detailed below. The week will conclude on nationally recognized Earth Day on April 22.

  • April 17: “Earthscapes” in the NKU Planetarium at 12 p.m., followed by a guided relaxation practice that cultivates gratitude for the natural world and the gift of nature. These events are aimed at debunking the myth that humans are separate from nature.
  • April 18: “Wellness through nature” at 12:30 p.m. on the NKU plaza will practice the art of “earthing,” also called “grounding.” This helps people improve their mental and physical health by mindfully connecting with the Earth. The event will include a short mindfulness exercise followed by discussion, led by Chris Lawrence, an associate professor of counseling.
  • April 19: “Environmental Narratives through Storytelling,” organized by the NKU Sustainability Engagement and Action Group, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Rooms 105 and 106 of the James C. and Rachel M. Votruba Student Union. Attendees can tell environmental stories through art, music or audio recording.
  • April 19: Environmentally Concerned Organization of Students (ECOS) will host a showing of BBC’s Planet Earth in Science Center Room 207, followed by a brief discussion.
  • April 20: In partnership with NKU Horticulture, NKU Sustainability will be giving away free tree saplings (baby trees) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the NKU plaza to anyone interested in planting their own tree.
  • April 22: NKU Research and Education Field Station (REFS) is hosting guided tours of the St. Anne Wetlands from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. 

"During Earth Week, we offer events that range from educational to actionable with the goal of helping refocus attention on sustainability and the importance of protecting our environment,” Tiffany Budd, NKU Sustainability coordinator, said. 

A full list of Earth Week and Earth Day events can be found here. 

NKU’s Office of Sustainability sets out to advance sustainability and environmentally friendly initiatives, such as electric vehicle charging station, energy and water efficiency projects, community gardens, improved recycling, various engagement activities, sustainability in academic curricula, and much more.

To learn more about NKU Sustainability, visit its website.

About NKU: Founded in 1968, NKU is an entrepreneurial state university of over 16,000 students served by more than 2,000 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus nestled between Highland Heights, Kentucky and bustling downtown Cincinnati. We are a regionally engaged university committed to empowering our students to have fulfilling careers and meaningful lives. While we are one of the fastest-growing universities in Kentucky, our professors still know our students' names. For more information, visit