Earth Day? How about a long Earth Month!
That’s how UC Davis will celebrate Mother Earth in this 50th-anniversary year of Earth Day. The university’s observance will start April 1, take in the real Earth Day, April 22, and conclude, appropriately, the last day of the Whole Earth Festival, Sunday, May 10 — Mother’s Day.
The Office of Sustainability is in the process of compiling an Earth Month calendar, and now is the time for students, staff and faculty, and departments and units, to submit information for programs and activities to be included — events that showcase the myriad ways that make UC Davis the most sustainable university in the nation.
“We want to hear from as many voices and sectors as possible,” said Sue Vang, engagement and zero waste program manager of the Office of Sustainability, which is leading the Earth Month organizing team in collaboration with other departments across the university. “We need to broaden our impact to be a sustainable planet. If you aren’t sure if your event is sustainable, submit it, and we will help you figure out whether it fits or not.”
She emphasized the goal of having an Earth Month celebration that is truly universitywide, from the Davis to the Sacramento campuses, and from the Bodega Marine Laboratory to the Tahoe Environmental Research Center.
Camille Kirk, director of the Office of Sustainability, said: “The purpose of Earth Day is one that UC Davis embodies year-round,” on environmental issues as well as social sustainability topics such as social equity, community development and human rights, “all of which play a major role in ensuring a sustainable future for the university — and planet.”
Calendar entries are already coming in: Participate in the “World Climate Simulation” to understand the actions that nations must take to address climate change; take an energy tour highlighting energy efficiency projects and other ways the university is working to reduce its carbon emissions; sign up for “Biking With Confidence” classes, designed to get more people on two wheels; and join the “Tempestry Project” to create crochet art about our local climate. See what else is on the list so far.