USD Honors Earth Day

Photo of Sandra Steingraber. Sandra Steingraber will deliver the Earth Days 2017 keynote lecture Tuesday, April 25, at 7 p.m. in the MUC ballroom.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota will honor Earth Day with events throughout April including academic lectures, documentary screenings and community service opportunities.

“We have a strong water theme for Earth Days this year,” said Meghann Jarchow, coordinator for the Sustainability Program. “Some of our activities include helping the National Park Service build a trail along the Missouri National Recreational River, joining community members to paint drains in Vermillion to increase awareness about stormwater pollution and we will be bringing in internationally known Sandra Steingraber to talk about the linkages among water quality, human health, and environmental degradation.”

Steingraber’s keynote lecture will be Tuesday, April 25, at 7 p.m. in the MUC ballroom.

“We are very fortunate to have Sandra Steingraber deliver the Earth Days 2017 keynote lecture. She shows tremendous bravery in her advocacy work linking her own health struggles with cancer to the scientific information known about the links among different environmental contaminants and negative human health outcomes,” said Jarchow.

Earth Days is coordinated by the Sustainability Program and Greening Vermillion. The goal of Earth Days is to enhance environmental awareness and engagement by all members of the USD and Vermillion community. The full Earth Days schedule is available at Greening Vermillion's website.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 205 undergraduate and 73 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Michael Ewald
USD News