Celebrate Earth Day with over a week of activities! Earth “Week” events will kick off Saturday, April 13 and continue through Sunday, April 21.
Saturday, April 13
The UNC Science Expo
10am - 3pm
Ever wonder what's happening in the science labs throughout UNC? Here's your chance to tour the labs, talk to the scientists and participate in a few hands-on science activities with your family and friends! The “Small Science” area provides a safe and interactive space for children ages 2 – 8. The Town of Chapel Hill is sponsoring the event's Sustainability Center and Solar Stage, with displays and demonstrations that focus on sustainability in our community. Check out the NC Science Expo website for program listings, map, and other useful information. Stop by the Sustainability Office table to learn about innovative infrastructure and sustainability practices at Carolina. We’ll have a booth in front of the South Building on Cameron Ave.
HOPE Gardens Art Walk
2200 Homestead Rd. in Chapel Hill
HOPE Gardens (Homeless Outreach and Poverty Eradication) provides affordable access to fresh produce and education on nutrition and agricultural sustainability. Join the Art Walk to view works on the theme of "What is home?" by members of the Chapel Hill and Carrboro communities. Transportation to the Art Walk will be available from the UNC Campus Y at 3:45 pm. Read more »
Sunday, April 14
“Seeing Trees”- Nancy Ross Hugo
NC Botanical Garden
The NC Botanical Gardens welcomes Nancy Ross Hugo to share some of secrets discovered in her intense, two-year investigation of the seeds, catkins, cones, flowers, resting buds, emerging leaves, and other small phenomena usually overlooked on backyard trees. Free and open to the public, but registration is required. Read more »
Monday, April 15
Waste Diversion Day
Stop by Polk Place from 11am to 3pm on Monday, April 15, to view exhibits on waste minimization, composting, and recycling, play games, and talk trash with student groups and campus departments.
Bring clean, unwanted clothing for Epsilon Eta’s Quad Swap Shop and stick around to see if there is something you like—it’s all free! Leftover items will be donated to TROSA as part of the move-out donation program. The Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling will also host a Hard-to-Recycle Drive for electronics, cell phones, CD/DVDs, plastic bags, and batteries. Recycle these items and win a prize!
Tuesday, April 16
Carbon Heelprint Day
Sustainability Scavenger Hunt
5:30 - 7:30pm
Bring a friend and join us at 5:30 PM on Polk Place to participate in a Sustainability Scavenger Hunt. Participants will use their beginner-level orienteering skills to learn about innovative infrastructure and sustainability practices at Carolina, then regroup at Polk Place for food and prizes. Free and open to the public, but please register in advance. Read more »
Wednesday, April 17
Dive into Water Wednesday during Earth Week, from 11am-3pm on Polk Place, as the “Water In Our World” Steering Committee shares information to “Take Back the Tap.” Table displays provided by the Water Brigades, A Drink for Tomorrow, 100 Gallons, Class of Environmental Studies 490, Environment, Health and Safety, and Energy Services.
“Local Water: Sustainable Policies at Home and Abroad” - Panel Discussion
FPG Student Union Room 3105
Learn about sustainable water policies here in Chapel Hill and around the world. Speakers include Linda Rimer of the US EPA, Greg Characklis (UNC School of Public Health, Dept. of Environmental Sciences and Engineering), Ed Kerwin (Executive Director, Orange Water and Sewage Authority), and Ed Bruce (Duke Energy).
Green Events Training
Student Union 2422
At the Green Events training session you will learn what qualifies as a Carolina Green Event, how to host your own Carolina Green Event and the steps you can take to make your event an even darker shade of green. The training session teaches the basics of recycling, composting, and other simple ways to reduce energy and water consumption. Receiving a Green Events Certification allows you to list your campus event as Certified Carolina Green, and take those skills into the everyday culture of your organization. Register here »
Thursday, April 18
Come get fair, local, and organic fruits, vegetables, and other delicious foods straight from the producer at FLO Food's campus farmers' market! And stop by to talk with Caroline Gorham, Sustainability Coordinator of Carolina Dining Services to learn how our food choices have an impact on our health, culture, environment, and local economies. View exhibits and find out more from HOPE Gardens, Nourish International, Campus Community Gardens, TABLE, and the Interfaith Food Shuttle.
“A Country of Cities”- Vishaan Chakrabarti
G-100, Genome Science Building
One of America's foremost urbanists, Vishaan Chakrabarti is a planner, architect, and educator who has left an indelible mark on New York City's built environment. In this year's Robert and Helen Siler Lecture, Chakrabarti will speak on the subject of his forthcoming book, A Country of Cities, in which he argues that dense, well-designed cities are the key to solving America's great national challenges: environmental degradation, unsustainable consumption, economic stagnation, rising public health costs and decreasing social mobility. Reception starts at 5:30pm. Read more »
Friday, April 19
CAMPUS EARTH DAY FESTIVAL
Carolina celebrates Earth Day, Friday, April 19, from 11am-3pm on Polk Place. Bring a friend and enjoy live music, games, and snacks, and learn about the University’s many programs, student groups, and departments that advance sustainability. Take the Carolina Green Pledge before the fun and stop by the Sustainability Office table to pick up one of the coveted Carolina Green water bottles, while supplies last.
Sunday, April 21
“Celebrating Earth Day: Crossroads of the Natural World” - Tom Earnhardt
NC Botanical Garden
Crossroads of the Natural World is a richly illustrated love letter to the wild places and natural wonders of North Carolina. Join us as Tom Earnhardt, writer and host of UNC-TV s "Exploring North Carolina" and lifelong conservationist, seamlessly ties deep geological time and forgotten species from our distant past to the unparalleled biodiversity of today. Free and open to the public, but registration is required. Read more »
Earth Week Sponsors:
The UNC Sustainability Office, Environmental Affairs Committee, Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling, Energy Management, Energy Services, The Institute for the Environment, NC Botanical Garden, Environment, Health and Safety, Greek Sustainability Council, EcoReps, Epsilon Eta, RESPC, Sierra Student Coalition, Bike Share, The Roosevelt Institute, Water Brigades, A Drink for Tomorrow, Water In Our World Campus Theme, 100 Gallons, Students of Environmental Science and Studies 490, FLO, HOPE Gardens, Nourish International, Carolina Campus Community Gardens, TABLE, Interfaith Food Shuttle, Sustainability Living Learning Community, Students for New Urbanism, Net Impact, SEAC,SWEAT, Green Way Transit, Carrboro Bike Coalition, and OWASA.