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Release Date: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 2:31 PM
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Rachel Mann
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Howard University Celebrates Earth Day

WASHINGTON (April 24, 2014) – Howard University students constructed a rain garden around the university stadium and planted flowers and vegetables in a campus organic garden in a bid to encourage sustainability on Earth Day, Ap;ril 22.

The activities were sponsored by the Office of Sustainability along with various community partners.  Projects such as these help reduce the environmental impacts of things such as storm-water runoff and help preserve the integrity of the campus as well as the physical environment.

Students also had the opportunity to interact with representatives from various Washington nonprofits and organizations that focus on sustainability, and to learn about both volunteer and internship opportunities.
The day was topped off with the Great Green Debate, an environmental debate sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Howard University Mock Trial Team, in the Hilltop Lounge. The debate addressed the impact of environmental issues on minority communities.  

Partners for Howard’s Earth Day Celebration included Home Depot, Level Green, Honeywell, Hell Kiron, Tovan Construction, MWB Architects, IMC Water Coolers, Pepsi, JPJ Construction, Sodexo, Johnson Controls, Integrated Security Technologies, Simon  Roofing, Burke Company, and DC Water.

For those interested in additional upcoming environmental activities, learn more about the EPA Office of Water’s Anacostia Water Quality Testing Demonstration & Stormwater Tools Workshop here  and the EPA’s upcoming  Green Festival  at


Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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