Celebrating Earth

Earth Day marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement. A rare political alignment occurred on April 22, 1970 and led to the creation of the US Environmental Protection Agency, as well as the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts. Then, as now, students at colleges and universities across the nation were the key to mobilizing the masses and creating lasting change for society.

This spring, the U is celebrating Earth Month during April, and Earth Week April 16-20 with campus-wide events.


Thursday, April 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on the Union Plaza

  • 11:30 a.m., press conference to unveil the new Campus Bicycle Master Plan
  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., CD and DVD recycling on the Plaza
  • Local and organic prepared food available through Dining Services 
  • Environmental and sustainability-focused organizations on the Plaza will offer information on how to get involved with their efforts
  • Bike scavenger hunt that hits sustainability highlights on campus
  • Artist-in-Residence Andrea Bowers leads an effort to create a giant scrapbook page on the meaning of Earth Day
  • SHRED IT: 4-6 p.m.; Rice-Eccles Stadium Parking Lot: Includes paper, media (hard drives, zip drives, CD/DVD. See the complete list of appropriate-as well as inappropriateitems here.


April 17-April 21

  • Tuesday, April 17, 12 noon-1 p.m.
    Green Bag Lunch discussion at the Marriott Library on
    Campus Gardens & Composting at the U
  • Wednesday, April 18, noon-1 p.m., Hinckley Caucus Room, 255 OSH:
    Bennion/Hinckley Forum on Environmental Stewardship with Carl Fisher, Executive Director, Save Our Canyons,
  • Friday, April 20, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., University Services Building parking lot
    Free e-waste collection. All electronic items will be accepted. Metech Recycling is e-steward-certified to ensure proper recycling of these items.
  • Saturday, April 21, 9 a.m.-12 noon
    Bend-in-the-River Earth Day Volunteer Event

A complete list of campus Earth Week events is available here. Questions? Contact the staff or check with the Office of Sustainability online. Read more details in the news release here.

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