Earth Days 2018 at Salem State

State of Nature: Past, Present – and Future?

April 9 - 13, 2018

The theme of this year’s Earth Day celebration at Salem State University is “State of Nature: Past, Present – and Future?” The theme seeks to bring attention to the imminent threats that the natural world faces from climate change, deregulation, environmental degradation and habitat loss.

The week’s events will highlight the unprecedented attacks on science, climate change prevention and mitigation, environmental laws, and protections of wildlife and critical habitats and examine the consequences of this assault on nature for humans and other species, including societal conflict, rampant poverty, pervasive inequality, horrifying drought and famine, extreme and disastrous weather events and devastating species extinctions. Earth Days Week 2018 will explore the implications for the environment and society of population growth and policies that favor reliance on fossil fuels, which threaten the lives, habitat and welfare of wildlife in the U.S. and globally.

At the same time that the natural world is imperiled, public interest in nature and wildlife is at an all-time high. During the week, we will look at the ecological, psychological, social and political importance of nature to society and actions that can be taken to protect the natural world.

The Earth Days Planning Committee invites you to participate in this year’s events to learn, contemplate, discuss and share ideas on the theme: “State of Nature: Past, Present – and Future?”


Monday April 9, 2018

Earth Days Art Installation: Shadows of Nature, in front of North Campus Dining Commons

Organized by Professor Ken Reker (Art + Design). Exhibit will be on display April 9 - 23.


Earth Days Library Display, Frederick Berry Library, North Campus

Organized by Librarian Carol Zoppel

Earth Day Poster Competition. Check in for Student Posters, 10:30 - 11:00am, Lobby, Ellison Campus Center

Student Poster & Art Competition, 11:00am - 12:20pm, Ellison Campus Center

The Earth Day Student Poster Competition is the only judged poster competition on campus. Any class at 200-level or higher is able to submit posters on the Earth Days Week theme. Approximately 100 research posters, submitted by SSU students in many disciplines, will be judged in the morning. Visitors are encouraged to view the posters and speak with the students who created them during the competition phase and until 12:20pm.
Coordinators for poster competition: Dr. Severin Kitanov, Philosophy, and Dr. Marcos Luna, Geography

Panel: Nature and Climate Change: Wildlife, Plants and Biodiversity. 12:30 - 2 p.m., Martin Luther King, Jr. Room, Ellison Campus Center, North Campus

Speakers: David Moon, Director, Joppa Flats Sanctuary, Mass Audubon; Lisa Delissio, Department of Biology, Salem State University; Mendy Garron, NOAA Marine Biologist and Greater Atlantic Region Marine Mammal Stranding Coordinator


Tuesday April 10, 2018

Breakfast reception with artists who created Shadows of Nature, the Earth Days Week Public Art Installation. 9:25 a.m. – 10:40 a.m., Martin Luther King, Jr. Room, Ellison Campus Center, North Campus

Shadows of Nature was designed specifically for Earth Days Week and will remain on view in the library commons from Monday, April 9 until Friday, April 13. For inquiries contact Professor Ken Reker at (Rain location: Winfisky Gallery)

Tours of Salem State’s Cat Cove Aquaculture Lab, 9:25 - 10:40 a.m., 92 Fort Avenue, Salem [just past the Salem power plant] .

Participants in the Cat Cove tour will observe aquatic organisms being produced and grown for restoration, enhancement, and commercial initiatives. A brief history of the facility and how it has evolved will be provided. Projects from Cape Ann to Cape Cod will be discussed and linked to securing a safe and dependable supply of high quality seafood (whether from the ocean or freshwater; such as largemouth bass being grown in cranberry bogs). Tours will be led by Drs. Mark Fregeau and/or Joe Buttner, with assistance provided by Hatchery Manager Scott Weston and student workers.

Service Project:TBA

1:40 – 2:30 p.m.

Organized by the Center for Civic Engagement


Wednesday April 11, 2018

Film: Merchants of Doubt. 10:50a.m. - 12:05 p.m. Martin Luther King, Jr. Room, Ellison Campus Center, North Campus.

This documentary exposes how a handful of scientists, conservative think tanks and private corporations spread doubt and confusion in attempts to prevent action on the threats posed by tobacco, acid rain and climate change.

Sponsored by the Geographical Society

Panel: "Carbon Fee and Rebate: An Effective Market-Based Plan to Cut Use of Fossil Fuels." 1:40 – 2:50 p.m., Martin Luther King, Jr. Room, Ellison Campus Center, North Campus.

Speakers: Robert Bonney and Jim Mulloy,Citizen’s Climate Lobby
Sponsored by HealthLink
Hosted by Professor Guy Bellino (Political Science)

Panel: "Sustainability at Salem State." 3- 4:30 p.m., Martin Luther King, Jr. Room, Ellison Campus Center, North Campus.

Speakers: Gail Gasparich, Dean of Arts and Sciences; Peter Connors, Director of Dining Services; and Ben Szalewicz, AVP, Capital Planning and Facilities Management;
Hosted by Office of Sustainability, Organized by Tara Gallagher (Sustainability)


Thursday April 12, 2018

Breakfast with SSU President John Keenan on Sustainability. 8 - 9:15 a.m.

Hosted by the Office of Sustainability, Organized by Tara Gallagher

Film: Time and Tide. 9:25 - 10:40 a.m., Martin Luther King, Jr. Room, Ellison Campus Center, North Campus.

Organized by Ken Reker (Art + Design)

Film: Cowspiracy. 10:50 a.m. - 12:05 p.m. Martin Luther King, Jr. Room, Ellison Campus Center, North Campus.

This documentary follows filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers "the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it."

Sponsored by Philosophy Club
Organized by Profoessor Krishna Mallick (Philosophy)

Tour: O'Keefe Solar Panels and LEED Features at Gassett. Reservations Required. 1:40 - 2:50 p.m., O'Keefe Campus Center, North Campus

Hosted by Lynn Fletcher (Biology)
Organized by Tara Gallagher (Sustainability)
Pre-registration required. Contact

Earth Days 2018 Environmental Fair & Awards Ceremony, 5 - 7 p.m., Veterans Hall, Ellison Campus Center, North Campus

Environmental Fair

  • Meet representatives from local environmental organizations and agencies

Keynote Address

  • Nature Photographer Kim Smith, “Beauty on the Wing: The Life Story of the Monarch Butterfly”

Earth Days Awards Ceremony

Presentation of Friend of Earth Awards to:

  • TBA

Announcement of student Poster and Art Competition winners


See a list of past Friend of the Earth Award recipients (pdf)

Press coverage for 2015 Earth Days Week.

See past press coverage: Earth Days 2011, 2008, 2006

Friday April 13, 2018

Special Keynote Speaker: TBA. 11 a.m. - 12 p.m., Veterans Hall, Ellison Campus Center, North Campus


Film: WALL-E. 1:40 - 2:50 p.m.Martin Luther King, Jr. Room, Ellison Campus Center, North Campus.

In the distant future, a small waste-collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind.

Hosted by Professor Guy Bellino (Political Science)


Financial Support for Earth Days Generously Provided By the following:

  • Chartwells of Salem State University
  • Hayden-MacNeal Publishers
  • Pearson Publishers
  • Salem State University First Year Experience
  • Salem State University School of Graduate Studies
  • Salem State Univesity School of Continuing and Professional Studies
  • Salem State University College of Arts and Sciences
  • Salem State University College of Health and Human Services
  • Salem State University Bertolon School of Business
  • HealthLink
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