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Happy Earth Day!  Fairmont State University is part of the WV Statewide Sustainability Network Earth Day Celebration. 

Check out the West Virginia statewide events at the Wild and Wonderful Earth website A Wild and Wonderful Earth (

Fairmont State Specific Events for Fairmont students, staff, and faculty

Schedule of live events for April, 2021 (In progress, watch for updates)

Day Date Start time end time Event location
Wednesday 4/7/21 4:00 PM 4:30 PM Weekly Moment of Mindfulness online
Wednesday 4/14/21 4:00 PM 4:30 PM Weekly Moment of Mindfulness online
Wednesday 4/14/21 12:30 PM 1:00 PM Wednesday Walk Falcon Park
Friday 4/16/21 3:00 PM 5:00 PM Glass crushing and string-making for mats (repurposed from plastic bags) 1st floor parking garage and Newman Center
Monday 4/19/21 12:30 PM 1:00 pm Monday Music trailhead
Wednesday 4/20/21 4:00 PM 4:30 PM Weekly Moment of Mindfulness online
Thursday 4/22/21 all day activities   A Wild and Wonderful Earth Day online
Thursday 4/22/21 12:00 PM 1:00 PM Panel (see Wild and Wonderful Earth Day link above) online
Thursday 4/22/21 12:45 pm   Kahoot! (see link above)  
  all month    

Litter pickup challenge (see Earth Day Outdoors tab)

Use code 573286 to contribute to Region 1, which includes Marion County. 

        Interview with Paul Edwards about first Earth Day at Fairmont State in progress
        videos with book reviews from Honors in progress
        wildfower seeds giveaway social media
        Citizen Science Month online

Silent Spring

Read the book that started the modern environmental movement!

Rachel Carson's best-selling, Silent Spring !!!




April 22 is the 51th Anniversary of Earth Day!  Earth Day is Every Day at Fairmont State University


The image that made us see the world differently. NASA astronauts took this photo of Earth during the Apollo 10 mission in 1969. 

Learn more about our footprint using the Human Reach: Atlas the most detailed atlas of human activity.


WV Earth Day at 51


                               The Dominion News (Morgantown, West Virginia) · 23 Apr 1970, Thu · Page 1

Earth Day, April 22, 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the first 1970 Earth day that marks the start of the modern environmental movement. The modern environmental movement didn't start somewhere around the globe, but with the work of Rachel Carson, a scientist working near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and author of Silent Spring, which drew attention to the impact we have on the environment and eventually led to the creation of the 1969 U.S. National Environmental Policy Act

1n 1970, the Beckley Post-Herald wrote that Clean Up of the Earth is the Aim of Earth Day. And every year since then the number of individuals and groups who believe that Earth Day is everyday in West Virginia have worked to make a difference. For over the past 5 decades, students, families, communities, non-profits, outdoor groups, youth groups, church groups,  environmental scientists, activists, and more have made a difference

In his 2017 "The Wild Side" column for The Wheeling Intelligencer, Dr. Scott Shalaway shared Some Earth Day Words to Live By,  stating, " Earth Day (April 22) always reminds me of some favorite conservation quotations. Here are some powerful words to live by that guide my life and thinking.

“The long fight to save wild beauty represents democracy at its best. It requires citizens to practice the hardest of virtues — self-restraint.” Edwin Way Teale

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtfully committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” — Margaret Mead

“In wildness is the preservation of the world.” – Henry David Thoreau

“A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.” — Aldo Leopold