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CSU WPA to celebrate Earth Day

By Tara Harris

April 17, 2014

The Cleveland State chapter of Water Resource Professionals (WPA) will celebrate Earth Day on April 22 from 11-4 in the Student Center and outside in the courtyard.

There will be food and various sustainability vendors from the community such as, Cleveland Office of Sustainability, Cuyahoga River Community Planning Organization, Bike Cleveland and many others to provide information and answer questions.
WPA has been an active organization since fall 2013.

“Our group is the only active group to work side by side with professionals and is guided by the Ohio Water and Environment Association,” said Ajun Bhushan, treasurer and civil engineering graduate student. “This is our first Earth Day event but we want this to become an annual event and reignite Earth Day.”

The purpose of the event is to educate students, allow an opportunity for students and companies to network, discuss ideas and become aware of impacts made on the environment.

“It’s important for Cleveland State to participate in Earth Day to show the community how Cleveland State cares about protecting the environment,” said John Micklewright, co-president of WPA and environmental science major.

The goal of the Earth Day celebration is to spark interest and create awareness.

“It is a great time and place to have the relevant conversations to make Cleveland State and Cleveland greener and a healthier place to live for everyone,” said Micklewright. “We want to get people passionate about the Earth and keep it clean.”

“We also want people to become more aware of environmental issues and get involved in the solution,” said Bhushan.

Earth Day has been celebrated since 1970. The first celebration led to the founding of the United States Environmental Protection Agency later that year. Earth Day is now celebrated in over 100 countries.

WPA has held events in the past. They had a Kick-Off event where they had a panel discussion and networking hour for the students. Around 20 professionals from different firms like ARCADIS, Northeast Ohio Sewer District and CT Consultants were in attendance.
They also had two events where speakers Dr. Philip H. De Groot and Dr. Mike Menoes presented their concerns with current water issues.

Throughout the semester they have had general meetings to make students mindful about the networking events and workshops happening in Ohio.

WPA’s members Arjun Bhushan and Rachit Bhayani were the only representatives from a school organization at the annual OWEA (Ohio Water Environment Association) Government Workshop.

There are a variety of jobs available at water facilities. WPA’s mission is to connect students with future jobs and provide networking opportunities.

WPA has its own website where students can upload their resume and cover letter to be considered for internship opportunities available on the website.