By the Sustainability Office
When we imagine the place where we live, we often think of our city, our state or our country. But Earth is also our home. In celebration of our home, the University of Utah will host Earth Week 2017 from April 10-14. The events of the week invite us to connect to our home through education and volunteerism.
Earth Week is hosted by the Sustainability Office, ASUU, the Environmental & Sustainability Studies Sustainability Leadership Committee, U of U Tree Campus USA and the Urban Ecology and Sustainability Scholars.
Monday, April 10, 2-3:30 p.m.
Learn about the trees at the University of Utah — part of the State of Utah Arboretum — on a tour led by campus arborist Suzie Middleton. Meet at the flagpole on Presidents Circle.
Tuesday, April 11, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Marriott Library parking lot
Urban ecology student group SCAPE will show participants what a couple of parking spaces can do for pedestrians by temporarily transforming these auto spaces into public open space.
Tuesday, April 11, 6-8 p.m.
Watch “How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change” by award-winning documentary filmmaker Josh Fox. Oscar-nominated director Fox (GASLAND) continues in his deeply personal style, investigating climate change, traveling to 12 countries on 6 continents.
Wednesday, April 12, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Marriott Library Plaza
Join on- and off-campus groups whose missions focus on the three pillars of sustainability: Environmental, social and economic equity. Don’t miss the Lock It or Lose It program, where the University of Utah Police will give out U-bolt bike locks to those who register their bikes. Free bagels will be available for active transit riders.
Wednesday, April 12, 2-3 p.m.
Attend a panel discussion that explores the new and innovative discipline of urban ecology as both a design concept and a new paradigm.
Thursday, April 13, 12:30-2 p.m.
Gould Auditorium in the Marriott Library
Social Soup is a once-per-semester lecture series that reflects on social, economic and environmental issues surrounding food. Free soup is provided by University of Utah Dining Services.
Friday, April 14, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Celebrate the beginning of spring growing season while inaugurating the campus’s new hoop house. Free lunch will be provided for volunteers at 1 p.m. by El Sillero. Help prepare the garden for spring by mulching, composting, planting and pruning. The Pioneer Garden is located south of the James Talmage Building (map).