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 What is Earth Day?

Earth Day is a day observed internationally to highlight the need to protect the Earth’s environment. Impacted areas addressed are ecology, respect for life on Earth, and the growing concern over pollution of the soil, air, and water.

How does Online Learning help the Earth?

A recent study by the Open University claims that on average, e-learning produces 85% fewer Carbon Dioxide emissions than standard face-to-face or distance learning.

Less Air Pollution and Traffic Congestion

By taking classes online, you also do your part to reduce traffic jams. This is especially true if you live in a large metropolitan area. The less you drive your car, the longer you can expect it to last before requiring replacement. That means there is one less vehicle at a local junkyard taking up space that could be used for other purposes.

Reduced Need to Print Paper and Maintain Office Equipment

350 million print cartridges end up in landfills every year. By reducing the need for so much printing, online schools also help to save electricity. Copiers, computers and printers must be plugged in to work properly, which means they utilize a fair amount of power from local utility companies. Like cars, electronic resources last longer when they are used less often. This means fewer of them end up in landfills, where they would serve little purpose but to contribute to pollution.

No Need for Colleges to Physically Expand

Adding on to the physical structure requires the removal of trees and natural vegetation in addition to using various types of possibly toxic building materials. Once the expansion is complete, there are additional heating and cooling costs to consider.


Did you know that WKU has 2 different learning options for studying online?

We offer WKU Online and WKU On Demand options for anyone needing more flexibility and learning from home. Check out our booth at Centennial Mall 
from 10am-2pm CST on April 20th to learn more about both!

Join WKU Online's Earth Day High Tech Treasure Hunt!

Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants will navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates
and then attempt to find the geocache container hidden at that location.

For our Earth Day event there will be 3 hidden geocaches you will be searching for. The geocache container looks like this 

Each geocache contains a collection of Cache Cards, which are pictured below. Please take one Cache Card from each cache you locate. When you complete your caching adventure return to our booth for the corresponding prize for each of your Cache Cards! Not only will each Cache Card presented earn you a prize, each will also earn you 1 entry into our raffle for a $50 or $25 Amazon Gift Card! Up to 3 entries per person.


geocache container

  1. Pull up the Google Maps App on your phone.
  2. Copy and paste cache coordinates listed below into the Google Maps search bar.
    • The first set of coordinates listed will provide Geo Cachers with a general area and can be used if you seek a more challenging experience.
    • The second set of coordinates will provide Geo Cachers with a precise location and can be used for a quick and fun caching experience. 
  3. Tap on the Walk symbol located on the bottom right side of Google Maps.
  4. Then tap Start. 
  5. You can choose to follow the automatically generated path or pave your own using the cache location as your guide.

  1. KEY:eventcachetype Event Cache traditional  Traditional stealthattribute Stealth Required climbing Some Climbing lessthanhourattribute Less Than an Hour wheelchairaccessable Wheel Chair Accessible 

  2. Cache 1: Squirreled Away


 Cache Size: Large

 Cache Type: eventcachetype traditional

 Coordinates: 36°59'07.2"N 86°27'12.2"W             36.985336, -86.453396

 Country: United States of America

 Difficulty Level: 2

 Attributes:  stealthattribute lessthanhourattribute 

 Time and Distance to Travel: 5-25 Minutes


  1. Cache 2: Business of Being Big Red


 Cache Size: Large

 Cache Type: eventcachetype

 Coordinates: 36°59'08.6"N 86°27'18.5"W             36.985730, -86.455143

 Country: United States of America

 Difficulty Level: I

 Attributes:  stealthattribute lessthanhourattribute wheelchairaccessable

 Time and Distance to Travel: 5-25 minutes


  1. Cache 3: A Vision with International Reach


 Cache Size: Large

 Cache Type: eventcachetype

 Coordinates: 36°59'05.5"N 86°27'19.0"W             36.984858, -86.455284

 Country: United States of America

 Difficulty Level: I

 Attributes:  stealthattribute lessthanhourattribute climbing

 Time and Distance to Travel: 5-25 minutes

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 Last Modified 4/19/17