Earth Day

Arbor Day celebration to be held at Drury University on Friday

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 20, 2017 — Drury University will celebrate Arbor Day and its designation as a Tree Campus USA during a public event at 2 p.m. Friday in the Hoblit Suite in Freeman Hall. The event is part of Drury’s Earth Day celebration.

The Arbor Day Foundation has designated Drury a “Tree Campus USA” for the third year in a row. Cindy Garner of the Missouri Department of Conservation will discuss the history of Arbor Day and Drury Head Groundskeeper Joe Fearn will give an update on the urban forest across the campus. Russell Hinnah, with the MDC and National Arbor Day Foundation State Coordinator, will present the Tree Campus award. Drury students will perform original poetry and music, and Drury Trustee Lyle Reed will also give remarks. A proclamation from City of Springfield declaring the day “Drury ArborDay 2017” will be presented as well.

Drury’s urban forest accounts for more than $1.2 million in capital assets. There are more than 1,000 trees and 90 species on campus.


Media Contact: Joe Fearn, Assistant Director – Grounds: (417) 873-7414 or

Founder of Living Lands & Waters will speak at Drury on April 28

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Apr. 28, 2014 — Drury will host Chad Pregracke, the President and Founder of Living Lands & Waters (LL&W), at 6 p.m. tonight in Reed Auditorium in the Trustee Science Center.

LL&W is the world’s only “industrial strength” not-for-profit river cleanup organization. Pregracke formed the organization at age 23 after spending his life growing up and working on the Mississippi River. Over the last 16 years, the organization and its volunteers have removed over 7 million pounds of garbage out of the United States’ rivers.

LL&W has also broadened its mission to include a MillionTrees project and an Adopt-A-River Mile Project, as well as a floating classroom aboard a barge that Pregracke and his crew live on 7 months of the year.  Its goal is to teach students, educators and individual citizens about the value of rivers and natural resources. Pregracke was recently named the 2013 CNN Hero of the Year.

His presentation, “Helping to Clean America’s Rivers: From the Bottom Up,” will discuss his life growing up on the Mississippi and how his experiences led to a career in conservation. This event is free and open to the public, and is part of Drury’s 2014 Earth Day.

For more information about this event, contact Dr. Wendy Anderson at


Earth Day comes a day early to Drury University

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 19, 2011 —Preferred parking on Drury Lane for high efficiency vehicles is one of the highlights of Drury’s 2011 Earth Day celebration on Thursday, April 21.

On Thursday, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., hybrids, electric vehicles, and other automobiles that are officially designated as “high efficiency vehicles” (e.g., VW Passat TDI or Audi A3 TDI) may be parked along Drury Lane south of the Weiser lot entrance all day in unmarked parking spots. Normally, vehicles may only be parked on Drury Lane for 30 minutes. Drury Lane north of the Weiser lot will be closed for Earth Day festivities.

Those festivities, from 11 a.m.-to-1 p.m., include:

·      Local businesses featuring tables, demonstrations and giveaways.

·      Homegrown Food will launch its new web-based farmer’s market with on-site delivery of orders.

·      Tables dedicated to crafts, such as, potting plants and making art from recycled paper.

Potting plants at Drury's 2010 Earth Day

·      A luncheon featuring a large number of vegetarian options and locally raised meats from Rocking Z Ranch.Lunch will be served indoors, but outdoor dining will be available with compostable dinnerware provided.

Drury University will be closed on Friday, April 22 to observe Good Friday.

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Media contact: Dr. Wendy Anderson, Director of Campus Sustainability, Office: (417) 873-7445, E-mail: