Earth Week

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.


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UGA 2014 Earth Week (April 22-25) Events 

Tuesday, April 22: Earth Day
EVENT 1:   Earth Day Fair
Time:  10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location:  Tate Center Plaza

Details:  This event kicks off UGA Earth Week, promoting sustainability initiatives from student-focused and community organizations.   Also featured will be UGA Earth Week Headquarters, a table hosted by the UGA Office of Sustainability and UGA Students for Environmental Action to inform students, faculty and staff about volunteer opportunities on campus and in the community.   A visit from the Chew Crew (yup those cute goats on campus) will highlight the fair!

EVENT 2:   UGArden SXSM (South by South Milledge) Sustainable Spring Concert and SEA No-Waste Dinner
Time:  5:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Location:  UGArden on S. Milledge Avenue just past the State Botanical Garden

Details:  Celebrate music, sustainability and good food at UGArden.  Local music groups will be featured.  Bring your own fork, plate and cup to this 5th annual sustainable dinner. $2 admission. For more information visit the SXSM Facebook Event.  Co-sponsored by UGArden and SEA.

EVENT 3: Georgia Review Earth Day Program
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: State Botanical Garden of Georgia Day Chapel

Details: Join the Georgia Review in welcoming writer and activist Ann Pancake to celebrate Earth Day at the Day Chapel of the State Botanical Garden. Beginning at 7pm on April 22, the evening opens and closes with music by Hawk Proof Rooster. Home.made will cater the reception afterward. This event is sponsored by University of Georgia’s Jane and Harry Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, UGA’s Environmental Ethics Certificate Program, and by the University of Georgia Office of Sustainability.

Wednesday, April 23: Sustainability Leadership Day

EVENT 1:   Inspiring Local Careers: Sustainable Athens
Time:  3:30 -5:00 p.m.
Location:  UGA Law Dean Rusk Center, 4th floor, Larry Walker Room

Details:  This career-oriented panel will feature Athens-based industry leaders in sustainability from ACC Government, Athens Land Trust, Georgia River Network, Noramco and Terrapin Brewery.  Learn about internships in sustainability and recycling from local industry experts. Co-sponsored by the Office of Sustainability, Terry College Net Impact student organization, and UGA Environmental Law Association.

EVENT 2:   Sustainability Short Film Festival
Time:  7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Location:  Tate Theater

Details:  Sustainability + FREE Movies + FREE Pizza = A “green” mini film festival held on the UGA campus. Featured film shorts provided by Eco-Focus Film Festival.  Refreshments provided by Coca-Cola. Student film shorts designed by The Office of Sustainability’s own multi-media intern extraordinaire.

Thursday, April 24: Waste and Recycling Day

EVENT 1:   Recycling “Happy Hour”
Time:  5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Location:  Intramural Fields Parking Lot (E01)

Details:  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 CDs to recycle at the UGA Intramural Fields, and receive a free Coca Cola in return.

EVENT 3:   UOWN Terrapin Night
Time:  5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Location:  Terrapin Brewery

Details:  Support the Upper Oconee Watershed Network by attending the UOWN and Georgia River Network Terrapin Night. Local community and student groups will provide outreach and activities to increase awareness of sustainability within our community.

Friday, April 25: UGA “Green” Day of Service

Volunteer Opportunity 1: Middle Oconee River Clean-up and Paddle
Time:  3:00-6:00 p.m.
Location:  Big Dogs on the River (2525 Atlanta Hwy, Athens, GA 30606)

Details: Volunteer with Big Dogs on the River, UOWN, 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 local food at the cabana.  All are welcome; no paddling experience needed. Volunteers must register HERE.

Volunteer Opportunity 2: Hanging with the Chew Crew
Time:  2:00-5:00 p.m.
Location:  Tanyard Creek Chew Crew Site – The goat paddock is located on UGA property at the corner of Baxter Street and Hull Street (next to the Hull Street Parking Deck and near the Tate Student Center and Miller Learning Center).

Details:  **CHANGE IN CHEW CREW VOLUNTEERING** Goats will be saying goodbye to campus on Thursday, April 24th. Volunteer opportunity is now Thursday at 5:30. There will be no Friday event.