Earth Week 2016

In celebration of Earth Day, the Student Sustainability Center and sponsors bring you a week of speakers, workshops, documentary screenings, and service events for you to enjoy.
For full Earth Week schedule and event details, stop by the Earth Week Hub at the EMU Amphitheater from 10-4PM Monday through Friday.

Interested in volunteering during Earth Week? Sign up here.

Monday 4/18 (Food)

Farms and Food Access Fair | 10:30am-1:30pm | Lillis Atrium

Sponsors: SSC, Net Impact, Dining Services

Interested in learning about healthy and sustainable dining options in Eugene and on campus? Stop by the Lillis Atrium to walk through tables and learn about local farmers markets, where the University of Oregon dining halls get their food, and for more information on Net Impact’s SPRNG conference taking place on Friday and will be centered around the topic of food.

Alternatives to Pesticides: Gardening for Native Pollinators | 2:00pm-4:00pm | Urban Farm

Sponsors: SSC, Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides, OSPIRG Save the Bees

Calling all gardeners! Come learn about about how you can apply bee-friendly practices to your gardening. Jeremy Olsen from Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides will discuss alternatives to pesticides in the context of organic gardening while Brian Dykstra, the University of Oregon greenhouse manager, will explain the importance of native pollinators.

Meatless Movie Monday: Update Your Plate | 5:00pm-7:00pm | LLC Performance Hall

Sponsors: SSC, Cultural Forum, Eugene Veg Education Network, RHA

Did you know that the animal agriculture industry is one of the largest contributors to climate change? By consuming less meat and dairy, you can be more environmentally friendly. Come learn and receive the resources you need to do so. We will show the documentary Cowspiracy, distribute vegetarian starter kits, and have vegan samples from local restaurants Cornbread Café and Morning Glory. Representatives from the Eugene Veg Education Network will kick off the event with a short discussion on how you can decrease your meat and dairy consumption.

Oxfam Hunger Banquet and Panel | 7:00pm-9:00pm | Education 276

Sponsors: SSC, UNICEF, Students for Global Health, Beyond War

Poverty is a massive issue globally, but in the United States the most impoverished citizens still have more opportunities than the majority of the world. In this interactive banquet, you will have an opportunity to experience what global poverty might feel like. Upon arrival you will be assigned a socioeconomic status dictating the amount of food you can consume. Three representatives from local, national, and international organizations fighting to eradicate hunger will discuss their work during the banquet.

Tuesday 4/19 (Transportation)

BOGA: Yoga for Bikers | 9:00am-9:50am | Outdoor Program Barn

Sponsor: Bike Program

Are you an avid biker? If so, you need to give your muscles a break and stretch! Start your day with fun, energy, and enthusiasm and participate in biker-specific yoga. Bring a mat, a towel, and a water bottle, and be prepared to move.

Bike Appreciation Day | 10:00am-3:00pm | 13th and Kincaid

Sponsor: Bike Program

Does your bike need some tender love and care? Stop by the field across from Lillis and our bike mechanics will perform minor adjustments for free.

Bike Jewelry Craft Center Workshop | 2:00pm-4:00pm | Craft Center

Sponsor: Craft Center

When you ride your bike instead of drive, you help the planet. You should be proud! What better way to celebrate you and your trusty steed than with handcrafted jewelry made with retired bike parts. No previous experience necessary. Register for $15 at

Sustainable Bike Ride | Meet at 3:00pm | 13th and Kincaid Bike Counter

Sponsor: LiveMove

Bring your friends and join LiveMove on a group bike ride to some of Eugene’s most bike-accessible businesses. The group will meet and leave from the gates of the University on 13th Street, but you can join in at anytime. Riders of all experiences levels are encouraged to join.

Bikes vs Cars Bike-In Film Screening | 7:00pm-9:30pm | Outdoor Program Barn

Sponsors: LiveMove, Bike Program, SSC

Cars dominate the streets in the United States and most of world. However, there are more environmental and personal benefits to traveling via bike and public transportation. Come learn about them in a screening of the documentary Bikes vs Cars. To save energy, attendees will take turns biking to power the movie and snacks will be provided. Watch the trailer here:

Wednesday 4/20 (Zero Waste)

Zero Waste Fair | 10:00am-4:00pm | Collier House Lawn

Sponsor: Campus Zero Waste Program

Join the Campus Zero Waste Program for interactive games, activities, artistic displays, and giveaways that promote waste-reducing habits. Go Zero Waste!

Free Water Bottles and Stickers | 10:00am-4:00pm | EMU Amphitheater

Sponsor: SSC

If you still purchase single-use plastic water bottles, this event is for you. Stop by the Earth Week Hub on Zero Waste Day to select your own free reusable water bottle from the SSC’s Bottles Up program. Attention sticker fanatics: there will be plenty of free stickers to decorate your new bottle with.

Reusable Mugs and Bowls Craft Center Workshop | 12:00pm-2:00pm | Craft Center

Sponsor: Craft Center

Stop using disposable cups and bowls and start using reusable ones by hand building your own ceramic mug, tumbler, small bowl, or plate while getting acquainted with the ceramics studio. Register for $15 at

The Big View: Climate Change in the Human Age | 6:00pm-7:30pm | Allen Hall 221

Sponsors: School of Journalism and Communication, College of Arts & Sciences, Environmental Studies

Please join us as we welcome Former Executive Editor of National Geographic, Dennis Dimick, who will be giving a public lecture as described: A narrated visual tour and provocation: For most of human existence we survived on current sunshine wood, water, and wind to power society. Then over the past few centuries we discovered fossil sunshine coal, oil, and natural gas to power our lives. We now primarily rely on this ancient sunlight, the fossilized carbon remains of ancient plants and animals, to turn our wheels and light our world. Fossil fuels have allowed an extraordinary expansion of our food supply, material wealth, and population. We have transformed our finite planet the land, seas, and atmosphere with a seemingly infinite expansion of our dominion over Earth. Scientists and others have begun calling this new human-dominated era The Anthropocene, or “Age of Man.” Worrisome trend lines from our use of fossil fuels rising temperatures, extreme weather, melting ice and rising seas indicate that our continued conquest of Earth is at risk as wild habitats and species vanish, and the planet is polluted and cooked from the effluent of our expanding aspirations. We are at a turning point. Can we create a soft landing for civilization and what will it take? How can our ingenuity, wisdom, and those same fossil fuels build a bridge to a sustainable future powered once again primarily by renewable current sunlight?

Thursday 4/21 (Conservation)

Environmental Art Expo | 10:00am-2:00pm | Outdoor Program Barn

Sponsors: Outdoor Program, SSC, Envision Journalism

Come to the Outdoor Program Barn for an open house featuring an art gallery of pieces related to nature. Photography, drawings, paintings, sculptures, and multimedia pieces will be featured. There will be free food, discounts on Outdoor Program rental gear, and a communal art project for you to participate in to contribute to the gallery. Interested in submitting your art? Email a picture or description to

A Toxic Love Story: UO Marries Big Oil | 12:00pm-1:00pm | EMU Amphitheater

Sponsor: Divest UO

Romance is in the air! In case you haven’t heard, the University of Oregon and the fossil fuel industry are in a committed relationship: they still invest in fossil fuel companies even though it is clear fossil fuels contribute to the destruction of our planet. Thus, you are cordially and ironically invited to the matrimonial union of the University of Oregon Foundation and the fossil fuel industry, vows and all.

Collaborative Leadership Program: Climate Activism Workshops | 3:30pm-6:00pm | LLC Performance Hall

Sponsor: Climate Justice League

Once a term, Climate Justice League holds a Collaborative Leadership Program that hosts workshops to increase your skills as an environmental activist. For Earth Week, Mary DeMocker from the Eugene chapter will lead a workshop on how to use art for creative disruption from 3:30-4:30. From 4:30 to 5:00, there will be a break for free food and a chance to get to know your fellow activists. The second workshop will be a Know Your Rights workshop: the police will never take advantage of you again! Displays on the history of Earth Week and environmental activism at the University of Oregon will be on display during the event.

Solar Powered Concert: Songs in the Sun | 6:00pm-8:00pm | EMU Amphitheater

Sponsors: OSPIRG Renewables, SSC

Join OSPIRG Renewables for an event highlighting the power of solar energy. Local and campus band Spiller will play a free concert on campus for students to enjoy on a solar-powered stage.

Friday 4/22 (Earth Day)

Analog U Tent: Disconnect to Reconnect | 9:00am-4:00pm | Collier House Lawn

Sponsor: Undergraduate Studies

Analog U is a day without electronic devices. Undergraduate Studies will have a tent on the Collier House Lawn offering activities designed to help us disconnect to reconnect: to be mindful of our connections to the Earth, ourselves, and each other. There will be games, gardening, art activities, and more, all while setting aside our devices.

Earth Day Celebration | 10:00am-4:00pm | EMU Amphitheater

Come celebrate Earth Day with your environmental campus community! Student and local organizations will be tabling to inform you of their causes. There will also be fun and interactive activities including LiveMove’s annual occupied parking spot, bike-powered music, and free goodies for you to take.

Continuing a Life of Service: Creating a Better Global Community | 4:00pm-5:00pm | Anstett 195

Sponsor: Peace Corps

Are you interested in pursuing an international service opportunity after graduation? Come and hear from a panel of experienced speakers from various service organizations you can get involved with.

SPRNG Conference: Food Fight! | 5:00pm-9:00pm | Lillis Atrium

Sponsor: Net Impact

The annual SPRNG (Sustainable Practices Raising Net Growth) Conference enhances the shared network of professionals dedicated to the triple bottom line paradigm of people, planet, and profit. SPRNG takes this collaboration one step further by connecting University students and faculty to professionals in a progressive and comfortable environment. This year speakers and tablers will focus on the the food industry.

Saturday 4/23 (Service)

Day of Service | Register at

Sponsor: Holden Center for Leadership and Community Engagement

Give back to Mother Earth in the Holden Center’s spring term Day of Service. Students have the option of participating in a morning or afternoon service project to clean up the human impact we have on the environment in our local community.