Connecting on Climate, Earth Week 2019. Photo collage of a diverse group of people with a field flowers.

Earth Week 2019 Calendar of Events

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    • MONDAY, APRIL 15

      SustainaBus + SustainaBagels

      10:00 AM-12:00 PM | Clark Hall Plaza

      University Transit Service and Student Council are teaming up to kick off Earth Week at UVA! Help decorate a UTS bus in Earth Week style, and share your connection with sustainability. While you're there, grab a bagel and meet sustainability advocates.

      Spotlight on Peace Corps Agriculture & Environment Sectors

      11:00 AM-12:00 PM | Global Grounds, Hotel A, Room 101

      Peace Corps volunteers work with small-scale farmers and families to increase food security and production and adapt to climate change while promoting environmental conservation and leading grassroots efforts to protect the environment and strengthen understanding of environmental issues. For this event, Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) who worked in the Agriculture/Environment sector will share their stories from the field.

      5th Annual Hunger Alliance Banquet

      5:00-6:00 PM | Newcomb Hall Gallery

      Join Project Peanut Butter, Challah for Hunger, & FeelGood for round table discussions between professors and students about this year’s topic: the effect of climate change on global hunger. Following a brief presentation on this growing issue, we’ll spend the evening hearing opinions from faculty and students from a variety of perspectives.

      Elevate Series: Careers in Conservation & Field Work

      6:00-8:00 PM | Rotunda Multipurpose Room

      Kick-off Earth Week and learn how to break into a career in conservation. This event is for anyone who doesn't want to work a regular 9 to 5. If you love nature and travel don't miss this amazing celebration that blends both the natural world with your career. Featured Alumni: Kate Newman, VP of Forests and Public Sector Initiatives, & Megan McDaniels, Program Associate for Resilient Coastal Ecosystems, both at the World Wildlife Fund. Join the event via Handshake today to receive updates.


      Earth Week Expo: Building Bridges

      11:00 AM-2:00 PM | Newcomb Hall Ballroom

      This year's Earth Week Expo will follow the theme of "Building Bridges" in alignment with UVA President Jim Ryan's vision for engagement between the University & the surrounding Charlottesville community. UVA organizations and the community groups with whom they work will be paired up to share inspiring and creative examples of collaboration - all in service of our shared planet. Interactive displays, hands-on activities, free giveaways, snacks, and more!

      Student Research Symposium

      4:00-5:30 PM | Morven Food Lab

      Come out to Morven for student research presentations and community-building hosted by the UVA Food Collaborative, Morven Kitchen Garden, and the Sustainable Food Strategy Task Force.


      Lime Scooter Safety Tips

      10:00 AM-1:00 PM | Newcomb Plaza (between Newcomb & the Bookstore)

      A representative from Lime will be at Newcomb Plaza to show folks how to ride safely, know the rules of the road, and talk about helmet use.

      UVA Farmers Market + Chef Culinary Competition

      12:00-4:00 PM | Central Grounds Amphitheater

      Join us for this year's Earth Week Farmers Market and Chef Culinary Competition on Grounds in the Amphitheatre! Come connect with local producers and growers on Grounds and show your support for local. Students: Pay with PLUS Dollars by downloading the Tapingo App and creating an account linked to your UVA ID. On the day of the market you will be able to order your items on the Tapingo App by vendor and confirm payment by showing the vendor your receipt. Cash and card also accepted by vendors.

      Business Innovation, Energy, and Climate Change

      1:30-2:30 PM | Darden, Classroom 50

      Join us for this event hosted by the Darden Energy Club. Professor Mike Lenox, author of 2018’s "Can Business Save the Earth? Innovating Our Way to Sustainability", is facilitating a panel with renewable energy experts to discuss how the private sector is helping break our dependence on fossil fuels and decarbonize the economy.

      Exploring Nature Connection

      2:00-4:00 PM | Garden One

      Come explore what nature means to you and the UVA community at this Earth Week event co-hosted by UVA's Contemplative Sciences Center and Wildrock, a nature play and discovery center located in the Blue Ridge foothills of Albemarle County. This space will have free food, as well as activities like nature drawing and writing, guided nature wanderings, chats about your favorite natural places on Grounds, and information on the physical, mental, and social benefits of regular time spent in nature.

      Go Green or Go Home: Sustainable Travel for the UVA Global Citizen

      5:00-6:30 PM | Hotel A (1 West Range)

      Join Global Internships and the ISO to learn about tips for traveling with sustainability in mind! Drop by to meet fellow travelers, enjoy free food, and enter a raffle for some amazing eco-friendly prizes. We hope you will leave with new ideas for making the world a better place while exploring it!

      “FRESH” Film Screening

      8:00-10:00 PM | Hereford Hub Lounge

      So you wanna...learn about sustainable food systems? Come watch Fresh with the Hereford community & enjoy a casual discussion with Hereford Fellow, Paul Freedman. Roots and Hotcakes will be served! Sign up to reserve your spot.


      Hoos at the Table: Sustainability Edition

      12:00-2:00 PM | Garrett Great Hall

      A lunch & panel discussion, Hoos at the Table: Sustainability Edition will feature the diverse experiences of people of color in sustainability, including students, faculty, and professionals. The purpose of Hoos at the Table is to create a venue for students interested in sustainability careers to develop the skills necessary for professional success, to promote diverse leadership across the environmental industry, and create a space for candid conversations to build a more inclusive, sustainable future. This event is free, but attendees must register as space is limited.

      Clothing Swap

      2:00-5:00 PM | 1515 Studio

      Bring gently used clothes and exchange your items for other donated items! The clothing swap is a free event to encourage sustainable, second-hand shopping behavior.

      Runk Farm to Fork Meal

      5:00-8:00 PM | Runk Dining Hall

      Celebrate Earth Week by supporting local farmers. Each station at Runk will feature locally-sourced items from farmers in our region. Come connect with your friends over delicious, local food! UVA Dining works with local partners like Local Food Hub to make these events possible. Anyone is welcome to attend. The cost for non-meal plan holders will be $12.


      6:00-8:00 PM | Rotunda Dome Room

      SustainaBanquet is a dinner and awards ceremony for the sustainability community and friends. Awards will be presented for outstanding students, faculty, staff, and student organizations. The event will also feature two sustainability speakers, a delicious meal generously donated by UVA Dining, and a photobooth! Dress is semi-formal. This event is free, but attendees must register as space is limited.

    • FRIDAY, APRIL 19

      Plogging with the President

      7:00-8:00 AM | Start & End at Madison Hall

      Join UVA Sustainability and UVA Class of 2021 as we add a unique twist to President Ryan's Friday morning run. In light of Earth Week, we'll be giving back to the Earth we all share by picking up trash while we jog. Not training for a marathon? That's okay! We'll have different groups to accommodate all levels of running.

      Sustainability Social Bike Ride

      5:30-8:30 PM | Peloton Station (114 10th St NW)

      Light up your bike and join The Piedmont Environmental Council and Charlottesville BPAC-Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee for a social bike ride through neighborhood streets and along bike lanes and greenways. An optional social hour + advocacy brainstorm will follow. Free and suitable for all skill levels. Come at 5:30 if you’d like help with repairs or decorating your bike.

      Green Game Baseball

      6:00-8:30 PM | Davenport Field at Disharoon Park

      UVA’s Green Athletics program will be hosting the annual Green Game Baseball event during our matchup with Florida State. At the Green Game, we strive to achieve zero waste (less than 10% of generated waste goes to the landfill) through practices such as recycling, composting, and sustainable product substitutions in concessions stand. Please come by to support the Hoo’s on and off the field and do your part to make UVA Athletics more sustainable! Get your tickets now!


      Connecting Climate

      8:00 AM-12:00 PM | Charlottesville City Market (Water St & 1st St SE)

      Join us at the Charlottesville City Market in honor of the 49th Earth Day and local climate action happening here and now in Charlottesville. Connect with local climate, environmental, and renewable energy groups. Learn about the City, County, and UVA's climate action planning, how you can make your voice heard, and how you can be a part of the solution! Stop by our exhibitors' tables while you do your farmers' market shopping, support our local food system, and learn about joining our regional residential composting programs.

      Nature’s Calling: UVA Outdoors Day

      10:00 AM-4:00 PM | Walnut Creek Park

      Whether you are a seasoned mountaineer or have never ever hiked, the Outdoors Club at UVA wants to get YOU outside to enjoy nature. Free shuttles between Grounds and Walnut Creek Park (shuttle details coming soon). You can go on a hike, play frisbee, or set up a hammock beside the lake and soak up the sun. Additionally, members of the Outdoors Club at UVA will be leading beginner seminars and providing gear for activities such as mountain biking, paddleboarding, slacklining, and hiking. No experience necessary!

      Pressworks Earth Week Open House

      2:00-4:00 PM | Special Collections Library, South Gallery

      To celebrate Earth Week, come join the Rare Book School, the Presswork fellows, and local printers to print an Earth Day-themed poster that you can share or give to your friends and family. All are welcome to “fly” the common press—a wooden replica of an eighteenth-century printing press. Food and drink will be served. Individuals of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities are welcome to participate and learn more about the history of printing. The event is sponsored by the Jefferson Trust, an initiative of UVA’s Alumni Association.

    • SUNDAY, APRIL 21

      Yoga for Earth Week: Connecting to the Earth Within

      3:00-5:00 PM | Garden One

      Enjoy an afternoon in nature and explore the deep connection between body, mind, and the natural world through a gentle yoga class designed for all levels and abilities. This session is open to all students, faculty, staff, and community members and their guests. Prior registration is not required. An inclement weather location will be announced if needed.

    • MONDAY, APRIL 22

      Pop-up Composting at UVA Food Trucks

      11:00 AM-2:00 PM | Amphitheater Food Trucks

      Come celebrate Earth Week with Sustainability Advocates and Materials Working Group. Compost your lunch waste and learn more about composting on grounds. There will be free plants for those who compost!

      Free Coffee Hour

      2:00-4:00 PM | Alderman Library

      Stop by in front of Alderman Library with a reusable coffee mug for some FREE coffee and some tips on sustainable coffee consumption!

      Selfless Self Care: DIY Natural Products

      2:00-5:00 PM | Lawn Room 1

      Are your daily products sustainable? Come celebrate Earth Day with the Women's Center and the Sister's Keeper Collective to make your own sustainable products such as lotions and body scrubs, and to learn about how to be a more sustainable consumer. Come and go as you please, and leave with a jar of lotion or scrub! The Women's Center will be partnering with the Sister's Keeper Collective in Charlottesville, an organization that supports black women's maternal health outcomes by training women of color to serve women of color. Come out to learn more about this organization and the intersections of what it means to be sustainable in women's health!

      Write Climate Art Opening

      5:00-7:00 PM | Outside Peabody Hall

      Opening of the community artwork produced by 51 students, one artist, one professor, and over a thousand members of the UVA community. Featuring keynote speakers Trace DePass, a poet from the Climate Museum, and area artist Amanda Nelsen. Free food, entertainment, and giveaways will accompany the interactive art.

      Soup & Stories: Fundraising Dinner for the Planet

      6:00-8:00 PM | O’Hill Dining West Terrace

      Soup and Stories: Fundraising Dinner for the Planet aims to raise awareness for environmental issues by bringing the community together and bonding through sustainability storytelling and a shared meal. Admission is free (with all 2nd, 3rd, and 4th years receiving a complimentary meal swipe), but donations will be suggested to raise funds for sustainability causes. If sustainability lights a fire in you, we would love to hear your story at this event! If you’d like to be one of our storytellers and share why sustainability matters to you, please apply through this form by April 5th.

What is Earth Week?

Earth Week is a UVA tradition that celebrates the planet we all share. Students, faculty, staff, and community members are invited to take part in a thought provoking, action packed week, with over 20+ events happening April 15-22, 2019. Participate in environmental service, connect with our community-based food systems, support social justice, celebrate major accomplishments, and more. All events are free and open to the public.