Unity College Achievements (2012-2018)
Increase in Fall Headcount
Increase in Operating Revenues
Increase in Square Footage
Increase in Number of Employees
Dear Unity College,
April is finally upon us and while this is generally the month where we start to enjoy spring and the final weeks of class before summer break, this year is a little different. The COVID-19 pandemic is shaping how we behave – learning, working and staying home, and what we are doing for fun. I’m sure this is not the April 2020 any of us were expecting, but that doesn’t mean we can’t make it something special. We can still do some of the things we always do in April, like celebrate Earth Day.
The roots of Earth Day are tied to Maine, Southport Island to be exact. Silent Spring by Maine author Rachel Carson was one of the first books to draw a line from pollution to public health in 1962. Prior to Silent Spring being published, most people were unaware of the correlation between pollution and their overall health. This New York Times Best Seller was a major catalyst for founding Earth Day in 1970.
In 1969 students across the country were protesting the Vietnam War in addition to that, there was a devastating oil spill in Santa Barbara, CA. After witnessing all of this, Senator Nelson of Wisconsin wondered what would happen if we put the activism and energy of the anti-war movement into a movement to preserve the environment. On April 22, 1970 Earth Day was born.
This year is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and as America’s Environmental College we cannot let that pass without celebrating! I know we traditionally do this as a campus community, but due to current health and safety restrictions we need to modify our celebration this year, so, we are participating in and encouraging you to participate in, the Campus Ecochallenge. You can sign up at Ecochallenge.org or here. Unity College is competing against hundreds of other school and thousands of participants.
The Ecochallenge is a fun way to participate in earth saving measures from where you are. You can pick a challenge then track and share your progress online while earning points. Each team sets their own challenge parameters and a lot of the challenges can be done while safely social distancing and staying close to home.
As a naturally competitive person, I want to encourage everyone at Unity College to participate in and hopefully win the Campus Ecochallenge. I would put this team up against any in the country – we have been practicing for this moment since Unity College began! So let’s use this April to have some socially and environmentally responsible fun and show the other colleges why we are America’s Environmental College!
Dr. Melik Peter Khoury
Our Mission Through the framework of sustainability science, Unity College provides a liberal arts education that emphasizes the environment and natural resources. Through experiential and collaborative learning, our graduates emerge as responsible citizens, environmental stewards, and visionary leaders.