April 18, 2023


For Earth Day, April 22, The Catholic University of America continued to demonstrate its commitment to sustainability by offering the campus community opportunities to support and improve the environment.

Students, faculty, and staff joined the Office of Campus Sustainability to plant 89 trees across campus to mark the day. Had the trees been purchased, it would have cost thousands of dollars.

On April 27, the Office of Campus Sustainability will host a free electronics recycling event in the O’Boyle parking lot from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Members of the campus community are encouraged to bring items such as personally-owned TVs, computers, monitors, keyboards, mice, printers, DVD players and gaming consoles to be recycled. More information is available here

For the first time in recent years, the University will host a green move-out program May 2-12, where students can donate unwanted items as they move out of dorms. Some donations will be made available to students during a green move-in event in August, while other donations will go to Cardinal Cupboard, Cardinal Closet, and Habitat for Humanity Metro Maryland. For more information and to volunteer, visit here.

Other University celebrations of environmental importance have taken place earlier in April.

The Catholic University Symphony Orchestra performed at The Kennedy Center April 5, taking part in the "Our Blue Planet: A Celebration of Earth and Its Waters" as part of the RiverRun Festival.

The multimedia concert featured video images from NASA and National Geographic to tell the story of rivers and climate change. The concert featured internationally recognized guest conductor Emil de Cou, who led the Vital Signs of the Planet concert at the U.N. COP26 Climate Summit in Glasgow, Scotland.

Read the full story here

On April 12, Francisco Lopes, Portugal’s ambassador to the United States, spoke on “Sustainability & Innovation: Efforts to Reduce Human Impact on the Earth” at The Global Connection Series. 

Lopes said the world must combine forces to make a difference on the pollution issue.

“There are some questions that we have to deal with together,” said Lopes. “If we don’t deal together with these global challenges, we will never be successful.”

Read the full story here.

Through its Sustainability Plan, the University seeks to improve environmental quality every day on campus and in the greater community.

"We are so excited to offer these events for the campus community,” said Gabrielle Choate, manager of the Office of Sustainability. “Earth Day is an opportunity for us all to come together to improve our community and our environment, and we look forward to doing just that over the next few weeks."