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.


For more information on any of these events, please email

Monday, April 20th

  • The 2015 Earth Week Kickoff and Food Cart Fest will be hosted at Tate Plaza from11 a.m.to2 p.m.In addition to local food vendors, this event features local and student-led organizations promoting sustainability initiatives and will include hands-on learning activities, bike repairs, and delicious food made right here in Athens. Bring a lightly colored t-shirt to get an awesome Earth Day t-shirt made. Partnering organizations include UGA Food Services and the Athens Farmers Market. Contact for more info.
  • The Campus Bike Co-op, a student led group, will lead a leisurely bike ride around Athens to promote alternative transportation. The ride will start around 6 p.m. at Myers Quad. Please contact for more info.
  • The Athens Science Café will feature Marshall Shepherd as he presents “Zombies, Sports and Cola: What does it mean for communicating weather and climate” at 7 p.m. at The Foundry (previously the Melting Point). Shepherd is the Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor and director of the Atmospheric Sciences Program in the UGA geography department and host of the Weather Channel’s “WXGeeks.” This event is sponsored by the Georgia Climate Change Coalition, the Oconee River Chapter of Trout Unlimited, UGA Office of the Vice President for Research, UGA science library and the UGA President’s Venture Fund.


Tuesday, April 21st

  • Come out to Tate 140 and participate in a hands-on workshop put on by the ACC Stormwater Office. The workshop will inform participants on how to better communicate science through a case study involving pet waste and water pollution. From 11 a.m. to noon. Contact for more info.
  • Join us at the Inspiring Careers in Sustainability Panel featuring industry leaders from Coca-Cola, Cox Enterprises, Southface, and GA Power, and moderated by our own Dr. Quint Newcomer, Director of UGA Costa Rica. This event will take place from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Dean Rusk Building on North Campus in the Larry Walker Room. Food is catered from locally owned Home made Catering. The event is co-sponsored by the Office of Sustainability, Terry College Net Impact, and School of Law Environmental Law Association. Contact for more info.
  • The Odum School of Ecology presents the 30th annual 2015 Odum Lecture. This yearEcologist Nancy Grimm on April 21 at 4 p.m. in the ecology auditorium. Her presentation will be followed by a reception and is free and open to the public.

    Grimm, a professor of ecology in the School of Life Sciences and senior sustainability scientist in the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University, studies how climate change and human activities affect ecological processes in aquatic and urban ecosystems. Her ongoing research includes studies on the flow of nutrients through urban stormwater systems, the ecosystem services stormwater infrastructure provides and how climate change and variability impact the response of streams to disturbances like floods and droughts.
    For more information about the Odum School of Ecology,
  • Peace by Piece UGA is hosting a panel discussion focused on Sustainability in Religion and Philosophy.” This panel will delve into topics such as environmental stewardship, responsibility and how differentreligions view the environment. For more info please contact This panel takes place in MLC room 148 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Need to relax before finals? Come out to Yoga Under the Stars led by Cal from Rubber Soul Yoga. This event takes place on Myers Quad and yoga will begin at 8 p.m. Co-sponsored by University Housing, this event is free, but please bring your own towel or yoga mat. Contact Students for Environmental Action at for more info.

Wednesday, April 22nd (Earth Day)

  • Join the Chew Crew for a Tanyard Creek cleanup day. Meet outside the Hull Street Parking deck near Tanyard Creek and dress to get dirty. The work day will occur between 3:30 5:30 p.m. and participants will be helping remove trash, invasive species, and general site maintenance. Contact Ansley McKinney at for more info and to sign-up
  • The Georgia Review hosts award-winning writer and environmental activist Gary Ferguson as the speaker for their annual Earth Day program. This event starts at 7 p.m. and is held in the Day Chapel at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia. Contact 706-542-3481 or visit for more info.
  • Join UGArden for SXSM (South by South Milledge) Sustainable Spring Concert and no-waste dinnerat the UGArden on South Milledge Avenue, located just past the State Botanical Garden. Dinner, music, and Earth Day celebration will take place from5:30 for more info.

Thursday, April 23rd

  • Recycling Happy Hour will be held from5-7 parking lot E01 of the UGA Intramural Fields. This drive-through electronics recycling event is sponsored by Athens-Clarke County Recycling Division, WUGA, Coca-Cola, UGA Parking Services, and the Office of Sustainability. Bring for more info.

Friday, April 24th

  • The annual Middle Oconee River Kayaking and Cleanup will be held from2-5 Big Dogs on the River, 2525 Atlanta Highway. Participants will join Big Dogs on the River, UOWN, Keep Athens Clarke County Beautiful, GA River Network, UGA Outdoor Recreation and the Office of Sustainability to paddle and clean up the riverbanks of the Middle Oconee River. After the event, burritos will be enjoyed by the river. No paddling experience is required for the cleanup. Sign up is limited to the first 40. To sign up visit and contact trip organizer Meryom Pattillo at for more info