Join the Office of Sustainability, the Drew Volunteer Resource Center, and Center for Civic Engagement to take action across campus and in the greater community.

Community Action Week: April 21-26

Monday 4/21: Campus clean-up hosted by DEAL 5pm (meet at HERB Circle outside Baldwin Hall)
Join Drew Environmental Action League to clean up campus cigarette butts and other trash

Monday 4/21: Greening Games: What Environmental Science Can Teach Us about Playing Video Games (EC: brown bag discussion at 12 noon; 4:30 lecture)

Alenda Y. Chang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University of Connecticut (Ph.D. Rhetoric, UC Berkeley). With a multidisciplinary background in biology, literature, and film, she often combines ecocritical theory with the analysis of contemporary media. Her current project, Playing Nature, offers an ecological perspective on modern computer and video games. Please visit the Growing Games blog ( for more information.

Tuesday 4/22 Earth Day: Volunteer off-campus with Morristown Urban Farm (3:30-5:30pm)
Join Farmer Shaun from 3:30-5:30pm and others to prepare the soil at the farm and plant spring vegetables. The Urban Farm provides produce for Morristown’s public school system and the Interfaith Food Pantry. We will leave campus 3pm.
Sign up for this event.

Wednesday 4/23: VRC Non-Profit Fair (4:00-6:00, NEW LOCATION: COMMONS)
The VRC invites students to learn about and interact with local food pantries, homeless shelters, campus student groups.

Thursday 4/24: Civic Engagement Showcase and Awards (4pm-6pm, Crawford Hall, EC)
Join the Center for Civic Engagement in honoring members of the Drew Community who gave back.

Madison Green Fair (3:30-6:30pm, Downtown)
Learn about Madison’s sustainability efforts and meet local environmental organizations. This event will be held outside the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts in downtown Madison.

Friday 4/25: Restore the Shore (this event has been cancelled)
Join the VRC to restore the shore. Leaving Friday morning and returning Saturday.
Sign up for this event by emailing Matt in the VRC at

Saturday 4/26: Fern Fest at Drew (All day outside the EC)

10:00 am – 1:00 pm Native fern planting
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Lunch
2:oo pm – 6:00 pm Workshops: drum circle, henna, hemp, tarot card readings, a tour of “New Growth” on campus, and more!
8:00pm: Live band music

Celebrate the 16th annual reforestation on campus with DEAL, Earth House and others! There will be an afternoon meeting of the student environmental council to discuss campus sustainability issues.

4/26: Habitat for Humanity Build in Madison (9am-4pm)
Join Drew’s VRC and build a home in Madison in partnership with Habitat for Humanity
Sign up by emailing Matt in the VRC at

Monday, April 28th: Meatless Monday Dinner in the Commons (5pm)
Join Drew Dining for a meatless meal in honor of Earth Month.

 Past Earth Month Events:

Monday 4/7: Drug Company Next Door (7pm, Learning Center 28)
Alexa Dietrich, PhD will be giving a guest lecture at 7pm on Monday evening, April 7th on her book The Drug Company Next Door: Pollution, Jobs and Community Health in Puerto Rico.

Tuesday 4/8: Gasland 2 (7pm, Hall of Sciences Room 4)
Gasland 2 shows how the stakes have been raised on all sides in one of the most important environmental issues facing our nation today. The film argues that the gas industry’s portrayal of natural gas as a clean and safe alternative to oil is a myth and that fracked wells inevitably leak over time, contaminating water and air, hurting families, and endangering the earth’s climate with the potent greenhouse gas, methane. In addition the film looks at how the powerful oil and gas industries are in Fox’s words “contaminating our democracy”. Join the Drew Eco-Reps for discussion following the film.

Wednesday 4/9: Mountaintop Removal Spring Break Lecture (12pm, The Space, EC)
Students who attended Mountaintop Removal alternative spring break to Harlan, Kentucky will present the social and environmental issues they learned.

Thursday 4/10: Forest Clean-up (1-6pm in the Forest)
Trash in the Forest? Join us as we clean-up the Forest behind Tolley-Brown Halls. Meet at the sign up table in front of Tolley-Brown Hall. Come for one hour or several. Wear closed-toed, low-heeled shoes, long pants, work gloves if you have them (we will have some), and bring a water bottle and a friend! Email with any questions. Hosted by DEAL and Theo.
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Friday 4/11 : Tree planting in the Forest (2:00-5:00pm, Zuck Arboretum located behind ball fields)
Let’s plant more trees in the Forest. NJ State Forestry Services is providing 200 tree seedlings.
Sign up for this event

Tuesday 4/15 : Bike Safety Class (12:00-1:00pm, Seminary Hall 212)
TransOptions will present bike safety topics including: traffic principles, NJ bike law, route selection, gear selection, crash avoidance techniques, traffic navigation techniques, flat tire repair, and more. Free Bike Right® giveaways! Learn about the Whirling Squirrels – Bike to Work Team!

Student Groups/ Meetings Spring 2014

Eco Rep meetings: Wednesdays at 6:30pm in EC 145; Contact Ben Schaefer for more information

Drew Environmental Action League (DEAL): Mondays 4:30pm in Baldwin Main Lounge. Contact Evelyn Meisenbacher for more information

Students for Sustainable Food: TBA; Contact Addison Del Mastro for more information

Join Earth House! Contact Kate Fisher for an application

Eco Radio: Shanna Salvador, Sarah Petry, and Leah Zara produce Eco Radio. Stream Live at WMNJ The Forest, Sundays 9pm-10pm

Stream Eco Radio on your mobile device by downloading the TuneIn app.

For more information about Student Groups, click here.