Earth Day

A More Secure Future for All

Earth Day is an important opportunity to celebrate and strengthen UGA’s commitment to research, teaching, and service focused on healthier people, stronger communities, and a more secure future. We all depend on a healthy environment, and we can all contribute in meaningful ways.

UGA Earth Day 2023

Featured Activities

Calendar of 2023 Earth Day-Related Events 

Ongoing Events

April 1 - 28 Steps Toward Diversity Tour: A journey of selective sites denoting African American contributions at the University of Georgia 8:00am - 5:00pm daily for inside locations, or at your leisure outdoors Special Collections Libraries Event Details

Individual Events

April 4

37th Annual Eugene P. Odum Lecture:  Ivette Perfecto

Food Systems at a Crossroads: Producing Food and Conserving our Planet

4:00pm Ecology Building Auditorium Event Details
April 5 Farm to Campus Market 11:00am - 3:00pm Tate Plaza Event Details
April 6

JG Woodroof Lecture: Dennis Heldman

The Role of Engineering in Sustainability of the Food Supply Chain

12:45 - 3:00pm Georgia Center, Room K/L Event Details
April 7 IPBGG Plant Sale 9:00am - 6:00pm Tate Plaza / CAGT Event Details
April 7

History Guest Lecture:  Victor Seow

Carbon Technocracy

3:30pm Virtual Event Details
April 7 - 9 Horticulture Club Spring Plant Sale 9:00am - 5:00pm 111 Riverbend Rd Athens, GA Event Details
April 11 Toddler Tuesday: Earth Day 10:00 - 11:00am Georgia Museum of Art Event Details
April 11 Film Screening and Reception: Foster Boy 5:00 - 7:30pm Fine Arts Building Event Details
April 12 African Cultural Awareness Celebration 11:00am - 2:00pm Miller Learning Center,  Head Terrace (behind MLC) Event Details
April 12 Farm to Campus Market 11:00am - 3:00pm Tate Plaza Event Details
April 12 Trash to Treasure: Alternative Recycling 4:30 - 6:30pm Flinchum's Pheonix Event Details
April 13 Film Screening: $avvy Women. Money. Freedom. 2:00 - 4:30pm Tate Movie Theater Event Details
April 13 Industry Insiders - Careers in Sustainability  5:00 - 6:15pm Virtual Event Details
April 13 Film Screening: Unspoken 5:30pm Jackson Street Building, Rm 125 Event Details
April 13 Washington Semester Spring 2023 Seminar Series: Energy Policy Panel 6:30 - 7:30pm Virtual Event Details
April 13-15 State Botanical Garden Spring Plant Sale 2:00 - 6:00pm (Th - Fr)
8:00am - 2:00pm (Sat)
State Botanical Garden of Georgia Event Details
April 14 ATL Sustainability Networking Night 5:00 - 7:00pm Wild Leap Atlanta All are welcome!
Co-sponsored by Georgia State University, Georgia Tech, Kenesaw State University, and UGA. RSVP here.
April 18 Sarah Idacavage: Old Clothes, New Tricks: Is history the key to more sustainable fashion system? 3:00 - 4:00pm Virtual Event Details
April 18 "Can you see me? Here in this place?" Reading and Panel Discusion 5:30 - 6:30pm Georgia Museum of Art Event Details
April 18

2023 Torrance Festival of Ideas: Peter O'Connor

Slow Wonder Lights the Slow Fuse of Possibility

6:00 - 8:00pm Cine Event Details
April 19 Jenna Jambeck: Fighting Plastic Waste and Marine Debris 10:00 - 11:00am Virtual Event Details
April 19 Culturally Sustaining Media: How emerging platforms center agency, dignity, and multiplicity 12:00 - 1:00pm Virtual Event Details
April 19 Earth Day Fair & Market 12:00pm - 3:00pm Tate Center Plaza & North Lawn Engage with sustainability-focused campus and community organizations - and buy some fresh local veggies!
April 19 Maria Navaro: The Puzzle of Teaching Food Security 4:00 - 5:00pm Virtual Event Details
April 19 Can Tech Save The World? Clean Tech Symposium 12:00 - 8:00pm Delta Innovation Hub Event Details
April 19 UGArden Spring Festival 5:00 - 8:00pm UGArden (2500 S. Milledge Avenue) End of the year gathering with artist market, live music, and veggie eating contest!
April 20 3rd Annual UGA Pollinator Census 15 minutes throughout the day UGA Campus Event Details
April 20 Katherine N. Cotter: The Arts for Human Flourishing 2:00 - 3:00pm Virtual Event Details
April 20 Global Georgia Lecture: Joel Robbins; The Present and the Future in the Present: Religion, Values, and Climate Change 4:30pm Peabody Hall, Room 115 Event Details
April 20 Athens-Clarke County Green Life Awards Ceremony

6:00 - 8:00pm

State Botanical Garden of Georgia - Conservatory Event Details
April 21 3rd Annual UGA Pollinator Census 15 minutes throughout the day UGA Campus Event Details
April 20 - 22 Foley Field Journey to Zero Waste:  UGA Baseball vs Arkansas 7:00pm (Th)
6:00pm (Fr)
2:00pm (Sat)
Foley Field

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History of Earth Day at UGA

On April 22, 1970, Earth Day was observed for the first time across the United States. Conceived in the wake of environmental disasters like the Cuyahoga River catching fire and a massive oil spill off the coast of California, Earth Day harnessed growing public alarm about pollution to put environmental protection on the national agenda. Students and faculty at the University of Georgia took part in the nationwide event, organizing a daylong, public teach-in on the environment featuring lectures, discussions and exhibitions. After more than 50 years, UGA remains committed to ensuring healthy people, strong communities, and a secure future for all.