From Tuesday, April 23rd to Saturday, April 27th, we invite you to join us in celebrating Earth Week 2019! All events are free and open to the public, but some may require advance registration (please check event details).
Scroll down to explore the full event program and list of participating organizations. The calendar is frequently updated but events are subject to change. For daily events and news, find us on Instagram.
Daily Mass Meets Sustainability Topics: Come listen to Fr. Peter Walsh as he integrates issues of sustainability in his daily sermon. Mass will be held Monday through Friday from 12:00 - 12:30 pm, and Sundays at 10:30 am and 9:00 pm in Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel.
Tree Tags: Tree tags will be displayed on the trees by Ragsdale Center with unique information on each tree.
Tuesday, April 23rd
12:30 - 1:00 pm, Yoga on Ragsdale Center Lawn
Led by Amy Younkman
5:00 pm, Meditation at Munday Library
Join RecWell for drop-in meditation.
Wednesday, April 24th
11:00 am - 2:00 pm, Earth Day Fair, Ragsdale Center Lawn (Rain location- Ragsdale Center lobby and Mabee ballrooms)
- Blossom Your Well-being
Join Peer Health Educator Lauren Louk and explore positive psychology, color psychology, and learn about the benefits of having plants in the home. You'll walk away with a biodegradable pot with soil and seeds (basil, mint, etc) along with care instructions. Sponsored by RecWell.
- OIT Makers Table
Make your own solar powered phone charger. Sponsored by Office of Information Technology (OIT).
- Tree Campus USA Table
Learn about the mulching event on April 25 and how to identify some trees on campus by looking at the tree leaves. Sponsored by Facilities and the Office of Sustainability.
- Sustainable transportation discussion board and display
How do you get around campus and our community? Share your commute story and learn about the semester-long research project centered around e-scooters. Hosted by ENSP 4349 – Environmental & Ecological Research Methods.
- DIY Nontoxic alternatives to common household items
Learn about the impacts of toxic chemicals used in manufacturing and create your own nontoxic alternatives to common household products. Hosted by ENSP 2341 – Chemistry in the Environment.
- Free lead testing for tap water
Bring a water sample from your home and students will test water for lead levels as a free service to the campus community. Hosted by ENSP 2341 – Chemistry in the Environment.
- Bon Appétit Farm to Fork
Meet the vendors who supply our campus including Texas Coffee Traders, Johnson’s Backyard Garden, Augustus Ranch, and Common Market. Try samples and get your questions answered. Sponsored by Bon Appétit.
- DIY bird feeders from recycled plastic bottles plus a coloring area and raffles
Create your own bird feeder to enjoy at home this spring. Plus de-stress with a coloring area and enter a raffle for native plants. Sponsored by Wild Basin Creative Research Center.
- BYOM for a free cup of Jo
Jo's Coffee will be serving up free regular coffee if you bring your own mug to use. See Jo's Coffee for more details.
- Yoga with Lindsey Taucher
1:00-1:25 and 1:30-1:55 pm. Recalibrate during Earth Week with an energizing flow.
Biking, walking, ridesharing, or carpooling to the Earth Fair is encouraged! If you plan on parking on campus, please register your vehicle at the link here. At the link, you will find a map with parking lots. Lot W is the closest to the event and has a loading zone available.
Thursday, April 25th
10:30 am - 12:00 pm, Environmental Well-Being Tabling at Ragsdale Center Seal Area
Sponsored by RecWell
11:30 am - 12:20 pm, Tree ID Walk with April Rose, certified arborist
April Rose, a certified arborist and Urban Forest Health Program Coordinator with the City of Austin, will lead a guided walk across campus to learn about our trees and how to identify them. Sponsored by the Tree Campus USA Committee.
12:30 - 1:00 pm, Climate Ribbon Tree Ceremony at Ragsdale Center Seal
What do you hope to never lose to climate chaos? At the ceremony, ribbons from students, faculty, and staff will be read aloud. The group commitments weave a giant ribbon among all of us for a healthy, sustainable planet.
6:30 - 9:00 pm, Students for Sustainability Poetry Slam at Jo's Coffee
Co-sponsored by Sorin Oak Review. Sign up here to read a piece.
Friday, April 26th
8:30 - 9:30 am, Forest Bathing Nature Walk
Take a guided walk through Blunn Creek. Meet in front of HCC. Sponsored by RecWell.
Saturday, April 27th
8:30 am - 4:00 pm, Hiking at Green Belt/Day Springs
Join a free guided hike sponsored by RecWell Outdoor Adventure Program. Meet at Alumni Gym for an 8:30 am departure. More details available here.