EarthFest 2022 Springs Onto Drexel’s Campus

EarthFest participants gathered on Lancaster Walk.

All photos for this EarthFest 2022 feature are credited to Rachel Natbony. 

EarthFest returned to Drexel University in full swing this year! Last Tuesday, April 19, in observance of Earth Week and in celebration of the University’s commitment to sustainability, Lancaster Walk and the Gateway Garden bloomed with student organizations, Drexel departments, and local businesses, all with a shared devotion to making the planet greener and healthier.

A tree-planting ceremony on Lancaster Walk and 34th Street kicked off the festivities. From there, community members walked the bustling path, dropping by the bountiful vendors. Attendees of EarthFest could munch on environmentally friendly snacks, pick up some themed swag, learn about the many sustainable initiatives and groups on and off campus, spin prize wheels, and even take a plant or two home.

“After two years of inactivity, EarthFest had a windy, chilly, but successful event,” said University Sustainability Officer Bo Solomon. “Fifty tables were set up for the event, the largest number ever. Giveaways were more sustainable, QR codes gave information instead of hand-outs, and a great turnout from both internal and external sustainable partners led to many of us seeing people in person for the first time in two years. Thanks to all who attended.” 

For more information on sustainability efforts at Drexel, please visit the Climate & Sustainability website.

EarthFest participants stand on Lancaster Walk at a table with a metal pot and cardboard takeout containers.
EarthFest participants gathered at tables on Lancaster Walk.
On Lancaster Walk, a person attending EarthFest speaks to someone seated at a table with clothing.
Three women stand near a table of succulents.
Members of University Procurement stand behind a table of flowers.
A crowd watches a tree planting ceremony.
Two people planted a tree outside of the DAC.