Each year, the Office of Sustainability coordinates with Students for Environmental Action to host an Earth Day celebration in Tate Plaza. Earth Day is a national holiday held annually on April 22. The first Earth Day celebration in 1970 activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. The passage of the landmark Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act and many other groundbreaking environmental laws soon followed. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.
EARTHWEEK 2013 ACTIVITIES:
MONDAY, APRIL 22nd: EARTH DAY
Tabling at Tate: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. UGA Tate Center Plaza. This event kicks off UGA Earth Week featuring information promoting sustainability initiatives from student-focused and community organizations. The free event is open to all and will include hands-on activities for learning, opportunities to get involved and a visit from the “Tanyard Creek Chew Crew” (yup those cute goats are back on campus!).
If you are a student club or organization, UGA department, government agency, non-profit or civic organization who is interested in reserving a table – UGA Earth Day 2013 Tables are free and will be registered on a first come, first served basis by filling out this form.
2013 Earth Day Happy Hour @ Eco Art Lab: 4:00 – 6:00 PM at Eco*Art*Lab in Bottleworks 897 Prince Avenue Athens, GA. Join UGA researchers for a celebration of Earth Day & view works by UGA researchers, local & international artists in the exhibition “Climate Change: Conveying Realities”. Sponsored by the Georgia Initiative for Climate & Society.
2013 Earth Day Lecture – Scott Russell Sanders: 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Day Chapel at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia. The Environmental Ethics Certificate Program, Georgia Review, State Botanical Garden of Georgia and the Jane and Harry Willson Center for Humanities and Arts will host the award-winning fiction and nonfiction author, Scott Russell Sanders, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English at Indiana University who was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2012.
TUESDAY, APRIL 23RD: WASTE AND RECYCLING DAY
Campus Waste Audit: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. UGA Tate Lawn. Participate in a campus waste audit by sorting recycling and collecting data that will help UGA get closer to its waste reduction goals. Students, staff and faculty are encouraged to volunteer. Spots are limited and freebies included. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to participate. In the event of rain the waste audit will be canceled.
Recycling Happy Hour: 5 to 7 p.m. UGA Intramural Fields, Parking Lot EO1. This drive-thru electronics recycling event is sponsored by Athens-Clarke County Recycling Division, WUGA, Coca-Cola, UGA Parking Services, Office of Sustainability and several local businesses. Bring your electronics (TVs, computers, phones, cables, etc.), batteries, light bulbs and cooking grease to recycle at the UGA Intramural Fields, and receive a free Coca Cola in return. The event is free and open to all. Volunteers are needed – please email email@example.com to participate.
No-Waste Dinner: 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. UGA Odum School of Ecology. Hosted by Real Food UGA and Students for Environmental Action (SEA), the no-waste dinner will incorporate a panelist discussion of local food initiatives in an evening of good food and good times at the Odum School of Ecology. Bring your own fork, plate and cup to this 4th annual sustainable dinner.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24TH: TRANSPORTATION & FOOD DAY
BikeAthens Bike Safety Training: 11:00 a.m. to Noon. UGA Myers Quad. Learn expert tips from the local cycling advocacy organization, BikeAthens, as they focus on bike safety, helmet fittings and cycling etiquette. Free swag for training participants!
UGArden SXSM (South by South Milledge) Sustainable Spring Concert: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. UGArden on S. Milledge Avenue (just past the State Botanical Garden). Come celebrate music, sustainability and good food at UGArden. $2 admission. Bands include Ecotones, Barlettas, and more! Co-sponsored by UGArden and WUOG. For more information visit the UGArden SXSM Facebook Event. Rain date: April 29th.
THURSDAY, APRIL 25TH – LEADERS IN SUSTAINABILITY DAY
Red, Black and Green: Creating a Culture of Sustainability in Your Workplace: 10:00 a.m. Online Webinar. Do you want to know how to take your ideas about a more sustainable workplace from concept to reality? This webinar will provide participants with the basics to begin cultivating a culture of sustainability in the workplace, including information about UGA’s Sustainable Office Program, tips for “greening” events, suggestions for creating buy-in and changing behavior and profiles of student affairs units enacting sustainability. Sponsored by the UGA Division of Student Affairs. Please register by 5 p.m. on April 18.
Georgia Leaders in Sustainability Career Panel: 3:30 to 5 p.m. UGA Dean Rusk Center, Larry Walker Room, 4th Floor. A highlight of the week, this career-oriented panel will feature Georgia-based industry Leaders in Sustainability including speakers from Novelis, Ignition, Intercontinental Hotels Group, and Southface. Co-sponsored by the Office of Sustainability, Terry College Net Impact student organization, and UGA School of Law Environmental Law Association.
UOWN Terrapin Night: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Terrapin Brewery, 265 Newton Bridge Rd, Athens, GA. Support the Upper Oconee Watershed Network by attending the UOWN Terrapin Night. The event will include live music and a food cart, as well as information on local and student organizations working to increase sustainability within our community.
FRIDAY, APRIL 26TH: WATER DAY
Middle Oconee River Kayaking & Clean-up: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Big Dogs on the River, 2525 Atlanta Highway Athens, GA. Join Big Dogs on the River, UOWN, Keep Athens Clarke County Beautiful, UGA Outdoor Recreation and the Office of Sustainability to paddle and cleanup the river banks of the Middle Oconee River. Then, dry-off and stick around for live tunes and local food at the cabana. All are welcome; no paddling experience needed.
Note: There’s been a lot of hype about the River Cleanup! Sign up here to be one of the first 40 to reserve your kayak. We’ll need the most help kayaking down the river, but also helping load tires onto the truck after we’ve pulled them out at the end. Look forward to seeing you Friday!
Please click here: http://vols.pt/wwwawJ to sign up for UGA Earth Week 2013 River Cleanup on @VolunteerSpot today!
SATURDAY, APRIL 27TH: LOCAL FOOD DAY
Campus Kitchen Greens Cook-Off “Graze on Greens for Good”: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Athens Farmers Market, Bishop Park, 705 Sunset Dr, Athens, GA. A collaborative event with EarthFare, UGA’s Campus Kitchen, and the Athens Farmers Market. Contestants should have their dish turned in at the farmers market by 9:30 a.m. Judging is open to the public. Tickets are available for purchase, which allows judges to sample and vote for their favorite dishes. Contact Nathalie Celestin at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.