We invite you to join us in celebrating Earth Week 2017! All events are free and open to the public, but some do require advanced registration (indicated below). We are updating the program daily, so events are subject to change. Keep checking this page to ensure that you can make the most out of Earth Week 2017!
Throughout the week:
- Environmental Issues During Mass at Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel: Weekdays at noon and Sundays at 10:30 AM and 9:00 PM
- The St. Edward's University Bookstore Goes Green: The bookstore will give out reusable bags, shut off all unused lights, and recycle all printed reports and receipts. Click here for their store hours.
- Tree Tags: Tree tags will be displayed on the trees by Ragsdale with unique information on each tree.
Friday, April 21st
12:00-1:00 PM: Monarch Butterfly Solution Awareness Day, Ragsdale Lawn: Come speak with students face to face about the facts and reasoning behind planting Milkweed plant seeds and how they can take part in the solution and change which will happen the next day, April 22nd. There will be a handout of miniature flyers and free stickers for visual support and awareness of the cause!
Saturday, April 22nd
9:30 AM: Native Milkweed Seed Spreading Day, JBWS Courtyard: Help create a waystation for the endangered Monarch Butterflies by spreading Milkweed seeds across campus. Wear close-toed shoes with socks.
6:00-8:00 PM: Earth Day Art Show at Wild Basin, 805 North Capital of Texas Highway: Opening reception of You are Here: An Earth Day Art Show. Live music by Dana Falconberry and The Monkberries. Click here to view the event flyer for more information.
Tuesday, April 25th
12:00-1:00 PM: Tree Planting and Tree Campus USA Recertification Celebration: Come join us in celebration of our second consecutive Tree Campus USA award by planting a Bur Oak and some understory trees behind Moody Theater! Rev. Jennifer E. Veninga, Ph.D. will open the celebration with a 15-20 minute prayer service.
Wednesday, April 26th
- 11:00 AM-2:00 PM: Earth Day Fair, Ragsdale Lawn (Rain location- Ragsdale lobby and Mabee ballrooms): Students for Sustainability will host its annual Earth Day Fair with a multitude of local groups and organizations ready to share sustainable ideas and practices with Earth Week attendees.
- Bicycle Raffle: Collect a ticket from three different exhibitors at the fair and then take the tickets to the Sustainability Post table where you'll subscribe to the newsletter and officially be entered to win a bike!
- Free Coffee from Jo's: Bring your own cup to get free Jo's coffee on the lawn!
- Free Reusable Clamshells: Bon Appetit will be doing cooking demonstrations and giving away FREE reusable clamshells throughout the fair!
- Succulent Sale: Students for Sustainability will be selling cute, potted succulent plants throughout the fair, so be sure to bring some cash.
- Live Music: Several live bands will be serenading fair-goers throughout the day.
- Yoga: Relax and unwind with some group yoga sessions led by Assistant Professor of Biology Raelynn Deaton Haynes. There will be two sessions, one at 12:30 and one at 1:00 on the Ragsdale Lawn.
- Chicken Coop: Come meet some chickens and learn about at-home coop cultivation!
- Student Presentations: Adjunct Sociology Professor Dr. Scott Swearingen, along with a few of his Environmental Sociology students, will present on energy and global warming. Assistant Professor of Environmental Science Dr. Amy Concilio and a group of her Environmental Science and Policy students will be there with a clothing display and a few MSEM students advertising research opportunities. Associate Professor and Coordinator of Environmental Science and Policy and Director of the MSEM Program Dr. Peter Beck and some of his students from the Eco-Lead 2017 group will be presenting their projects. Associate Professor of Geography Dr. John Cotter's 26 students from his Environmental Science class will be displaying posters for their individual class projects.
- Participants: Office of Sustainability, Students for Sustainability, Health and Counseling Center, Facilities, Jo's, Bon Appetit, Campus Recreation, Human Resources, MSEM and ENSP students, Wild Basin, Clean Water Action, Urban Roots, Camp Fire Central Texas, City of Austin, TCEQ, Strive Green, Texas Medicinals Sacred Journey Herbalism, Car2Go, Save Barton Creek, Yellow Bike Project, and Snooze Eatery.
- Low Carbon Diet by Bon Appetit: Food served in the cafeteria during the fair will be climate-friendly
- Clothing Swap by Students for Sustainability: We invite all guys and gals in the campus community to trade in their gently used clothes for different clothes at the event. In an attempt to sustainably reduce, reuse, and recycle, all clothes will be traded for free (you take as many as you bring) and all leftover clothes will be donated to charities and organizations around Austin. Come celebrate Earth Week by shopping sustainably!
- 6:30-8:00 PM: Film Screenings and Q&A with the Filmmakers, Carter Auditorium: First, come see Merlin Tuttle's Bat Conservation video from 6:30-7:00 PM. Dr. Tuttle’s unique vision of winning friends instead of battles has led to amazing success in addressing one of the world’s greatest conservation challenges. He has turned countless bat haters into protectors by diplomatically showing them how helping bats helps people. His classic research on population ecology and behavior of bats has been published in leading journals, including a cover story in Science. And his conservation work has been featured in five National Geographic articles, as well as in The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, and numerous other leading publications worldwide. Merlin Tuttle’s Bat Conservation is the most recent contribution by Dr. Tuttle to the world of bats. With over 50 years of in-depth knowledge and experience as a renowned bat expert, educator and wildlife photographer he has founded MTBC with one true goal in mind; teaching the world to understand and appreciate the vital contributions bats make to human beings and the world we live in. Next, Karen Kocher will screen and discuss Living Springs: An Interactive Documentary about Barton Springs from 7:00-8:00 PM. This event is organized and sponsored by Wild Basin Creative Center.