April 22, 2021

Approximately 50 members of the University community gathered on Sunday, April 18, to participate in service projects celebrating Earth Week. After gathering on campus for breakfast, students and staff headed out to work in gardens at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America and to clean graves at Mount Olivet Cemetery.

“Although at first I was apprehensive when I heard we were going to clean graves, I actually really enjoyed the morning,” said Molly Mullin, a first year media and communications studies major. “The weather was perfect, and it was a peaceful and calming activity to sweep off grass and clean up the headstones. Although on the surface it seems like a menial task, I know the families of those deceased would be thankful that the graves are being maintained.”

The Day of Service was hosted by Campus Ministry.

On Earth Day, Thursday, April 22, Dining Services is hosting an “Earth-friendly Eats” lunch in the eatery, the Environmental Club is hosting fun and educational activities on the Pryzbyla Lawn from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the International Student and Scholar Services is hosting an Earth Day Comedy Hour in Caldwell Auditorium and online. CUA on Tap will feature a conversation about food insecurity in the Pryzbyla Great Rooms and the CUA Solidarity Party will host a discussion on Pope Francis’s encyclical Laudato Si.

The International Affairs Association will host a showing of the movie “River of Gold” on April 27 and Dining Services and CatholicU Sustainability will host an event on food waste awareness on April 28. Dining Services has grow-your-own herb kits available throughout the month of April.

Visit nest.cua.edu for more information on the upcoming events.