Earth Week

Celebrate initiatives to integrate social equity, economic prosperity, and ecological integrity by participating in the University of Utah’s Earth Week activities. Hosted by the ASUU Sustainability Board and Sustainability Office, with support from other organizations. If your department or organization is hosting an Earth Week event, the Sustainability Office would love to include it here. Please email sustainability@utah.edu for more information.

Earth Week 2022 Events

Monday, April 11

  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free Planting Kit Giveaway. Come grab a free mason jar planting kit from the ASUU Sustainability Board in front of the student union. Included in the kits are soil, seeds, and planting instructions to grow your own herbs. We will also have reusable utensil packets on hand for those who want one!
  • 12 p.m. Hinckley Forum: Public Lands and Gateway Communities. Come learn from researchers and practitioners about the challenges and opportunities for publicly managed lands and the communities that surround them. In person at the Hinckley Institute, Gardner Commons room 2018, or on Zoom. Learn more.

Wednesday, April 13

  • [CANCELED] Campus Bike Tour. Come get a free tire patch kit and take a campus tour with the ASUU Sustainability Board to learn about alternative modes of transportation. Repair and maintenance kits will be provided to start you on a road to more sustainable transportation!

Thursday, April 14

  • 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Climate Justice Teach-In. What is climate justice? What can we do about it? Join us in the Saltair Room of the Student Union to learn about climate change and climate justice in Utah. Lunch will be provided for participants. Please register here to take part in the teach-in.

Friday, April 15

  • 9 a.m. Campus Gardens Tour. Join a tour of the Pioneer Garden (east of the Pioneer Theater) and seed a garden bed that will produce food all summer long for the Feed U Pantry. No gardening experience is necessary and all tools will be provided. 

RELATED CAMPUS EVENTS

Saturday, April 9

  • 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Environment and Sustainability Saturday Service Project. Please join the Bennion Center for a variety of Earth Week projects. Registration is now open and will remain open through Wednesday, April 6th. Any questions about the day can be sent to Bryce.williams@utah.edu.

Monday, April 4

  • 7 p.m. Greening the Ghetto Lecture. Miss Majora Carter, an urban revitalization strategist, MacArthur Fellow, and Peabody Award-winning broadcaster will present “Greening the Ghetto” @NHMU. The lecture will happen in person at 7 p.m. and a live simulcast will also be available for those not able to attend in person. Follow this link to find out more and to reserve your free tickets.

Thursday, April 14

  • 12 p.m. Tanner Talk at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts. This talk will feature Raj Patel in Conversation with Tanner Humanities Center Director Erika George. Patel is the author of Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System, co-host of the podcast on food politics called The Secret Ingredient, and co-director of the documentary film The Ants and the Grasshopper. Register for the Tanner Talk here.
  • 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. Wallace Stegner Center Green Bag: Central Wasatch Mountains Solutions. For decades the Central Wasatch Mountains have been the location for a remarkable natural treasure, intense use, and fighting over what the solutions may be for myriad interests. In this Green Bag session, Ralph Becker will explore the background, context, and issues today for this unique and treasured area. This event will take place on Zoom or in-person at the S.J. Quinney College of Law Level 6. Learn more.

Monday, April 18 – Friday, April 22 

  • Earth Day Exhibit. Join the School of Medicine Sustainability Club to learn more about medical waste and the health effects of climate change. Located in the atrium of the Eccles Health Sciences Library. Contact Anna Brandes for more information anna.brandes@hsc.utah.edu. 

Tuesday, April 19

  • 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Non-Toxic All-Purpose Cleaner Giveaway. Come to Marriott Library Plaza and grab a free spray bottle with a non-toxic tablet inside to make your own cleaning solution at home- just add water! While you’re there, you can also grab a free mason jar planting kit. A group from the “Global Changes and Society” course will be tabling to discuss how individual actions can impact air quality. They will also have a short quiz for a chance to win a free plant cutting.
  • 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Pollinator Garden Planting. Join the ASUU Sustainability Board in planting native trees & plants at the Pollinator Garden, located east of the College of Architecture. Come learn about native biodiversity and conservation efforts on campus. Members of the University of Utah Bee Keeper’s club will be there to educate us on the importance of native biodiversity. Closed toed shoes are required for participation.
  • 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. CSBS 50th-Anniversary Keynote Address with Katharine Hayhoe. To celebrate our college’s 50th-anniversary milestone, the College of Social & Behavioral Science is delighted to welcome their keynote speaker, Katharine Hayhoe. Located in the University of Utah Alumni House. Reserve your free tickets here

Thursday, April 21 

  • 3:30 p.m. Nataunya Kay: Why Saving the Earth is Good for Your Mental Health. Tune in on Zoom (passcode: 774910) for a talk on the psychological issues that prevent many people from engaging climate change issues. This event will be part of the Huntsman Mental Health Institute’s HEART series (Huntsman Education and Resources Talks) & the Eccles Health Sciences Library’s Climate Changes Health & Health Equity series. Contact Alison Mortensen-Hayes for more information Alison.MortensenHayes@utah.edu. 

Friday, April 22

  • 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Health Sciences Earth Day Block Party. The College of Nursing will host a “block party” with chalk art, free seedling giveaways, and more! Join in the festivities outside of the College of Nursing.
  • 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. U Recycle Day. The Sustainability Office is partnering with the Utah Department of Commerce, Campus Police, Columbus Shredding, Tams Solutions, and The Other Side Academy for the annual drop-off event. Please come to the Guardsman Lot by Rice-Eccles Stadium to shred paper documents, find a new home for gently-used furniture and clothing, offload your expired and leftover medicines, or safely dispose of household e-waste. Personal items only, no businesses. Learn more.