Cincinnati State got an early jump on Earth Day observances this year.
On a blustery but sunny April 10, the college celebrated its 17th annual “Earth Jam,” a student-focused event designed to increase awareness not only of environmental concerns but also career opportunities.
The event was organized by Cincinnati State’s Environmental Engineering Technologies faculty and its Environmental Club. Participants included Toyota (the chief sponsor of Earth Jam since its inception), the Greater Cincinnati Metropolitan Sewer District, Metro, Southwest Ohio Air Quality Division, the Alliance for Chemical Safety, Miami Group of the Sierra Club, Fernald Preserve, Hamilton County Environmental Services – Recycling and Solid Waste Division, Rumpke Recycling, the Hamilton County Soil & Water Conservation District, Southwest Ohio Water Environment Association (SWOEA), Greensleeves Farm, Cincinnati Water Works, the Cincinnati State Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Green Umbrella, Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and the Ohio EPA.
On Saturday, April 12, Cincinnati State’s Middletown Campus joined the program, hosting the city’s 2014 Earth Day celebration with a variety of events that included a trash collection drive from the banks of the Great Miami River to Central Avenue, a series of environmentally-themed lectures, and the planting and dedication of a tree across the street from the main entrance to the downtown campus building.