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UC San Diego's Earth Month 2018

Turning Passion into Action: Celebrating Sustainability Changemakers

John Muir, Charles David Keeling and Dolores Huerta. These changemakers have done pioneering work in conservation, climate change research and environmental justice, and they are some of the individuals UC San Diego will celebrate for Earth Month in 2018. Events include a film screening of DOLORES, a campus sustainability fair, called Earth Plaza Palooza and much more.

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Spring Quarter: Grow 1st Meeting 

Wednesday, April 11, 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.  
Sustainability Resource Center
GROW at UCSD is a coalition of community gardens on the UC San Diego campus. We're committed to promoting sustainability and helping each other and the community. At our first meeting of the quarter, we'll discuss any updates on community gardens. Facebook Event

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Inter-Sustainability Council (ISC) Spring Quarter Mix-A-Lot

Thursday, April 12, 4–6 p.m.
Sustainability Resource Center
Interested in sustainability? Want to meet other students who are involved in sustainability-orientated organizations on campus? Then stop by our mixer at the Sustainability Resource Center! Free food (vegan and non-vegan options) and refreshments will be provided. RSVP

ISC Spring Quarter GBM #1 

Friday, April 13, 10–11 a.m.
Price Center ERC Room 
Find out about upcoming events with sustainability orgs on campus and learn how you can get involved! We look forward to seeing you there. Be sure to click "going" on the Facebook Event!

Earth Plaza Palooza

Thursday, April 26, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Price Center Plaza
Visit our annual Sustainability Fair! We invite all students, faculty and staff to stop by and participate in this fun and educational event. We have over 30 tablers, which include student organizations and off-campus vendors — Deep River, Dr. Bronner, ecoGrounds, Ritual Energy, Spin, WTRMLN WTR and more — who will be sharing information on their companies, campaigns and products. There will be free samples of goodies and food and an opportunity drawing to win multiple prize baskets! Learn about the benefits of living sustainably while playing fun games and interacting with your peers.

Annual UC San Diego Earth Month and Arbor Day Tree Planting

Friday, April 27, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 
Two locations: Eleanor Roosevelt College (ERC) Green (west of Earth Hall) and School of Medicine Green (southeast of Leichtag)
In recognition of Earth Day and Arbor Day, a national holiday where individuals and groups are encouraged to plant and care for trees. The tree plantings will be sponsored by West Coast Arborists, who will kick off the event with an education program before the ceremonial tree plantings.  The SOM planting will also honor the School's 50th Anniversary.

Green Talks

Monday, April 30, 4–6:30 p.m.
Price Center East Ballroom
Everyone is welcome to attend UC San Diego's third annual Green Talks! This free event is a TED-styled sustainability talk where we aim to celebrate a greener future and spark discussion about sustainability. Speakers will cover different sustainability perspectives, followed by an interactive Q&A panel, networking session, light refreshments and sustainable raffle prizes!

Other Events

Introduction to Biomimicry

Tuesday, April 3, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
SDG&E Energy Innovation Center
Learn how to apply biomimicry thinking to solve human challenges from UC San Diego alum, Jacques Chirazi. Participants will jump into practicing the steps of integrating biology into design using real human challenges. Through interactive dialogue and hands-on learning activities, the foundation of biomimicry will become familiar and tangible tools to employ in your work. Breakfast and lunch included. Space is limited. Registration required

DOLORES: Film Screening and Discussion

Wednesday, April 4, 6 p.m.
Muir College Center
We invite you to join us for the documentary film screening of DOLORES, a powerful film directed by Peter Bratt that opens a window into the life and humbling legacy of Dolores Huerta. This event is hosted by Leslie Quintanilla & Elizabeth Ramos and is open to UC San Diego students, faculty, campus employees and community members. Please RSVP on Facebook.

Salty Cinema IV: Offshore Oil & Gas

Thursday, April 5, 5:30–8:30 p.m. 
Scripps Seaside Forum 
New proposals to the National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program would make over 90% of the total U.S. outer continental shelf available for consideration for future exploration and development. In contrast, the current program makes only 6% of the outer continental shelf available to drilling. This is the largest number of lease sales in U.S. history. Featuring selections from short films: "After the Spill," "Dispatches from the Gulf," and "A Sonic Sea." This event is hosted by CMBC and will be led by Samantha Murray, Executive Director of MAS MBC. Facebook event.

Plática with Dolores Huerta: An Intergenerational Dialogue about Environmental Justice and Activism

Thursday, April 5, 6 p.m.
Great Hall, Eleanor Roosevelt College
While many people have heard the phrase “Sí, se puede” or are acquainted with the history of the National Farmworkers Association (NFW) or United Farm Workers (UF), most do not know these were direct results of Dolores Huerta’s organizing and activism efforts. We are honored to host civil rights and labor activist Dolores Huerta in dialogue with our own Lesly Figueroa, current UC San Diego AS president, as she shares her life experiences and wisdom centered around themes of environmental justice, gender, organizing and activism. This event is open to UC San Diego students, faculty, campus employees and community members. Please RSVP on Facebook.

Earl’s Garden Workday

Friday, April 6, 4–7 p.m.
Earl’s Garden, in front of Goldberg Hall
Join us to get Earl’s Garden at Warren back up and running!

Cleanest Beach on the Block

Saturday, April 7, 10 a.m. – noon
La Jolla Shores
Ocean Lover's Club at UC San Diego is kicking off the quarter with a beach cleanup on La Jolla shores. All sea-loving friends are welcome. Carpools are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please message us for details. Gloves and reusable bags provided. Bring reusable water bottle and sunscreen! Facebook Event

Torrey Pines Hike with Food Recovery Network

Saturday, April 7, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. 
Torrey Pines  
Come join Food Recovery Network on a lovely hike at Torrey Pines! We will be taking the 101 Torrey Pines State Reserve. Granola bars will be provided, but don't forget to BYO lunch. Bus trip details. Facebook Event

Whale Watching with MEC

Sunday, April 8, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 
Flagship Cruises & Events 
Muir Environmental Corps welcomes you to a fun whale watching trip! Reserve a spot at M.O.M. (seats are limited). Tickets are a discounted price of $10. Facebook event.

Perspective Lecture: Coral Doctors 

Monday, April 9, 7–8 p.m. 
Birch Aquarium at Scripps
This lecture will overview the collaborative work of a coral reef ecologist and a cell biologist in their quest to understand the effects of global climate change on coral biology. By combining biomedical laboratory techniques and fieldwork, they are attempting to understand the cellular mechanisms that are disrupted during bleaching, eutrophication, and ocean acidification, and the implications for coral reef ecosystems. Get tickets.

ASCE Sun God Festival Presents: Sun God For A Cause – Food Drive

April 9–13 
Library Walk  
Every year, ASCE presents a new Sun God For a Cause project to give back to the local San Diego community. This year, ASCE has decided to stay on campus and partner with our friends at the Triton Food Pantry to bring you the first ever Sun God For A Cause Food Drive! Donate non-perishable food items throughout the week and help support food security on campus!

Integrate Biomimicry into Design

Tuesday, April 10, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
SDG&E Energy Innovation Center
Animals, plants and microbes are the consummate engineers. They have found what works, what is appropriate, and most importantly, what lasts here on Earth. Instead of harvesting organisms or domesticating them to accomplish a function for us, biomimicry differs from other "bio-approaches" by consulting organisms and ecosystems and applying the underlying design principles to our innovations. This approach introduces an entirely new realm for entrepreneurship that can contribute not only innovative designs and solutions to our problems but also to awakening people to the importance of conserving the biodiversity on Earth that has so much to teach us. In this session, students will: learn about the biomimicry methodology and procedures; navigate the scoping, creating and evaluating stages of the biomimicry methodology and understand what it means to incorporate biology into each of those phases; and utilize the Life’s Principles diagram as a design, scoping and evaluation tool.  Breakfast and lunch included. Space is limited. Registration required

Trashy Tuesday at SIO

Tuesday, April 10, 12:30 p.m.
Meet at Parka Green
The second Tuesday of every month you're invited to help keep SIO looking beautiful. Join SIO for Sustainability for a short 30-minute walk around the SIO campus to collect litter. Stick around for a free snack until 1:30 p.m.; shareable snacks welcomed. Meet at Pawka Green and bring your own gloves, bucket and water bottle.

The A-Mason Environment

Tuesday, April 10, 5–7 p.m.
Middle Earth Lounge, ERC
Environmental sustainability is essential to continue our standard of life. At The A-Mason Environment event, you will get a mason jar filled with delicious treats and knowledge on a pressing issue that deals with our wasted resources and disposable trash on our campus. Come learn about what YOU can do to help the environment, ways to recycle a majority of your materials, and make a difference in the world with small changes in your life!

Econauts Sustainable Eats 

Wednesday, April 11, 4:30–5:30 p.m
Price Center West, Red Shoe Room  
Come to EcoNauts Sustainable Eats to learn about sustainable food choices and the impact of food on the environment. Everyone is welcome to attend. Free coffee and tea provided. Facebook Event.

Greeks Gone Green CPK Fundraiser

Thursday, April 12, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. 
California Pizza Kitchen, La Jolla Village Square) 
Help us fund sustainability projects on campus. Bring the flyer or mention Greeks Gone Green to your server at California Pizza Kitchen. The fundraiser lasts all day so stop by anytime! Facebook Event

50 Shades of Green

Hosted by the John Muir College’s 50th Anniversary Celebration
Friday, April 13, 2–4 p.m.
John Muir College
Come to Muir and learn about different ways you can be more sustainable in your daily life and engage with sustainability orgs from across campus. Facebook Event

Safari Park Bus Trip

Sunday, April 15, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m  
San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Join Outreach for International and Out of State Students and Muir Environmental Corps at the San Diego Safari Park! Make sure that you are at Peterson Hall at 8:30 a.m. We will return to campus at 3:30 p.m. There will be a scavenger hunt with a prize! Tickets are $10 for transportation and Safari Park! Get tickets

John Muir Week 2018

April 16–20

Organic VS. GMO Taste Test and Info Session

Monday, April 16, 10 a.m. – noon
Library Walk 
Ever wonder whether you should spend that extra 50¢ on organic fruits and vegetables? Well, you’re in luck! To kick off Food Week, the Student Sustainability Collective will be giving out free samples of seasonal fruits and veggies and it’s your job to guess whether they’re GMO or Organic. We’ll also be providing info on everything you need to know when deciding what type of produce to purchase next time you’re at the market. Stop by our booth and see if your taste buds can tell the difference! Facebook Event.

Flower Hour

Monday, April 16, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 
Library Walk
Our first event in the series of Earth Week advocacy events presented by AS Office of Environmental Justice Affairs. Flower Hour is a photo campaign raising awareness about important environmental related issues. Write a letter to your senator/elected official about a bill, take home a sunflower to show for it, and partake in creating positive change! There’s also going to be a cute backdrop for your Instagram. Facebook Event

My Fair Trade (Vegan Donuts + Fair Trade Coffee!)

Tuesday, April 17, 9–11 a.m.
Sustainability Resource Center  
We'll be giving out yummy vegan donuts from Nomad Donuts in North Park, Fair Trade coffee from Art of Espresso and knowledge about the implications of Fair Trade products and a vegan lifestyle! If you bring your own reusable mug, you'll get to use a shorter, faster line for donuts! Don't forget to bring your student ID and FREE Food Week stamp card to be entered into a giveaway! Facebook Event.

Succulents for SAAM

Tuesday, April 17, 11 a.m. – noon
The Zone
Join us for a special Art & Soul with CARE at SARC. Come plant your own sustainable succulent in honor of survivors during Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Food Justice: An Earth Week Food Demo

Tuesday, April 17, noon – 2 p.m.
The Hub   
Join us for a food demonstration by a professional chef as well as a discussion about food justice, led by the Office of Environmental Justice Affairs and the Hub. Learn how to cook healthy produce from the Pantry!

Talking Trash: A Zero Waste Workshop

Tuesday, April 17, 5–6 p.m.
Food Co-Op   
Come learn about the importance of zero waste practices and how you can start sorting your own trash. 

Spring Into the Garden

Wednesday, April 18, 10 a.m.– 2 p.m. 
Marshall Community Garden  
Celebrate the arrival of spring at the Marshall Community Garden! Enjoy fresh veggies harvested from the garden along with: pop-up food pantry, Cal Fresh Clinic & applications and planting your own produce! The Marshall Community Garden is located right next to Fireside Lounge. Facebook Event

DIY Makers’ Day

Wednesday, April 18, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Geisel Library, Seuss Room
The Library Sustainability Committee is hosting a DIY Makers’ Day celebrating Earth Month on campus, using sustainable, non-toxic, reusable and recyclable materials. Bring a tote bag and get hands-on experience making sustainable products!

The State of Our Oceans Event

Wednesday, April 18, 1–2 p.m.
Erickson Hall (B210) in Mandeville Center
The world’s oceans called and left us a message. They said… “#MeToo.” Join us to hear photojournalist turned activist, Eve Simmons, talk on “The State of Our Oceans” and explore how we may heal our Big Blue.

Why is Environmentalism so White?

Wednesdsay, April 18, 1–3 p.m.
Why Not Here Lounge at Revelle   
This workshop is dedicated to providing some historical context on whiteness in environmentalism, giving some contemporary examples of environmental racism and discussing tools to move forward to address this disparity on campus and elsewhere.

Free Food Week - Low-Water Impact Groceries

Wednesday, April 18, 4–5 p.m
Sustainability Resource Center  
Did you know that reducing your meat consumption can save more water than cutting back on your shower time? Learn how to grocery shop in a way that reduces your water footprint with a jeopardy game of trivia. The winner will have first choice of low-water impact groceries to take home. Don't forget to BYOB (bring your own bag) to take home your goodies! Facebook Event.

Scripps Researcher Talk

Wednesday, April 18 at 5–6 p.m.
SSC 400
One of our very own Scripps researchers is coming to share her knowledge of the ocean with the ocean lovers. Join us to find out more! Facebook Event.

ESW Spring 2018 GBM #1

Wednesday, April 18, 7:30–8:30 p.m. 
CSE 1202, Warren College 
Come out to Engineers for a Sustainable World's First GBM of the quarter! Learn about our sustainable projects and social events and meet our new cabinet and board! Snacks will be provided! Facebook Event

Thrifty Thursday

Thursday, April 19, noon – 3 p.m. 
Library Walk 
The Associated Students Office of Environmental Justice Affairs is delighted to bring you your favorite on-campus thrifting event – THRIFTY THURSDAY: EARTH WEEK EDITION! Thrifty Thursday is an event series that brings the culture of thrift to students, sourced by students. Facebook Event

Free Food Week - Edible Insects

Thursday, April 19, 4–5 p.m
Sustainability Resource Center   
Ever wonder what the food of the future will look like? Well, it's much humbler and smaller than you'd imagine. Join us at the Sustainability Resource Center to learn more about sustainable eating and how insects are a legitimate and viable source of food! Facebook Event.


Thursday, April 19, 5 p.m.

Center for Energy Research (CER) Open House 

Friday, April 20, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. 
Atkinson Hall Auditorium 
Join leading scientists, engineers, students and key stakeholders from the energy, policy and school science communities to discuss CER’s key research areas and the challenges we face to sustainably meet the world’s growing energy needs.

The Great Vegan Cook Off

Friday, April 20, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.  
Sustainability Resource Center
Come out to the last event for the Student Sustainability Collective’s FOOD WEEK! Cook up a vegan dish, dessert, appetizer or any creative plant-based food! Prizes will be awarded for the Tastiest Dish, Best Presentation, Most Sustainable and Most Creative. The SSC would love to purchase ingredients that you need; please complete this form by 8 p.m., April 16. Facebook Event

FRN@UC San Diego Food Waste Summit: A Regional FRN Summit

Saturday, April 21, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Village West, 15th Floor conference room
As a pioneer in the food security movement, the Food Recovery Network is hosting 9 regional Food Waste Summits across the country to inspire local leaders and encourage collaboration between the advocates for food justice. Join us for this half-day event aimed at motivating and inspiring local student leaders to get involved in the food security movement. The first annual FRN@UC San Diego Food Waste Summit will be held in the beautiful Village West, accented with ocean views and a plant-based catering menu provided by UC San Diego's Dining Services. This free event requires registration to attend.

16th Annual Creek to Bay Cleanup

Saturday, April 21, 9 a.m. – noon
100+ Sites in San Diego County
Last year, a record breaking 6,588 volunteers gathered at 112 sites and successfully removed over 194,169 pounds of litter and debris. Instead of turning a blind eye to the abundance of litter found across San Diego County, volunteer to protect and enhance San Diego’s environment. Registration opens April 1, 2018. For details and to register, visit Choose Scripps Pier as your cleanup location!

6th Annual Cigarette Butt Cleanup

Saturday, April 21, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
The Zone, Price Center Plaza
Support UC San Diego's smoke-free campus by cleaning up the cigarette litter found on our campus with fellow members of the UC San Diego community! The first 50 registrants who attend the event will receive a free T-shirt. Breakfast, snacks and materials provided.

UC San Diego Native Garden & Monarch Butterfly Habitat "Breaking Ground” Event

Saturday, April 21, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
UC San Diego Challenge Course
Come help build and plant a native garden and habitat at the corner of the Challenge Course! The project, funded by grants from UC San Diego Staff Sustainability Network and California Native Plant Society, was developed in collaboration with U.S. Fish & Wildlife and Xerces Society to support UCOP's Sustainability and Global Food initiatives.

SEA Days: Earth Day

Saturday, April 21, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Birch Aquarium
Since 1970, the world has celebrated Earth Day by demonstrating support for environmental protection. Join us at this special SEA Days as we bring together local researchers, non-profits and hands-on activities to take a deep dive into understanding conservation above and below the waves. Included with admission.

EcoNauts Trash Audit

Monday, April 23 and Tuesday, April 24, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Library Walk
An opportunity for UC San Diego students to see what's in their waste, how to sort trash into recycling, learn about UC's Zero Waste by 2020 goal and participate in the sorting with the Econauts!

After the West: Rethinking John Muir

Monday, April 23, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The Village at Torrey Pines, Building #1, 15th Floor
What is the role of John Muir today?  Can he still shape our debates and politics?  Join six major figures of the environmental humanities debate as they explore these questions and provide insights into the legacy of this extraordinary figure.  Presenters: Joni Adamson, Terry Gifford, Linda Hogan, Scott Slovic, Kim Stanley Robinson, Pasquale Verdicchio.  For details and to RSVP, visit UCSD-MUIR.EVENTBRITE.COM.

On John Muir’s Trail, by Donald Worster

Monday, April 23, 5–6:30 p.m.
The Village at Torrey Pines, Building #1, 15th Floor
Attend a special presentation by renowned historian and Muir scholar, Donald Worster, as he explores how attacks on environmentalism impact the Muir legacy, sharing the need to look for the complex truth of the man, his thought and passion, his role in history and rediscover his relevance for today.  For details and to RSVP, visit UCSD-MUIR.EVENTBRITE.COM.

Meet Your Sustainability Champions at UC San Diego Health

Tuesday, April 24, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., UC San Diego Health – Hillcrest, Hospital Cafeteria
Wednesday, April 25, 11 a.m. –  2 p.m., UC San Diego Health – La Jolla, Thornton Cafeteria
In recent years, UC San Diego Health has increased the renewability of our electricity supply, reduced water use and increased recycling in our operating rooms. Stop by our tables to play games, learn more and if you're moved, get involved!

UC San Diego Deep Decarbonization Initiative (D2I) 2017-2018 Research Seminar Series, “The shifting technology and politics of large-scale carbon management”

Wednesday, April 25, 2:30–4 p.m.
The School of Global Policy and Strategy Conference Room #3106
Dr. Julio Friedmann was the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Fossil Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy. His portfolio included R&D and programs in Clean Coal and Carbon Management, Oil and Gas systems, international engagements in clean fossil energy, and inter-agency engagements within the U.S. government. His earlier appointment as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Clean Coal and Carbon Management focused on clean coal and carbon capture, utilization, and storage.

Lobbying Broadcast Media on Climate

Thursday, April 26, 5 p.m.
Pacific Hall Room 3500 (between Muir College and Revelle College)
Do you feel you have a big heart but a little voice when it comes to climate change? Join us for a lecture on “Lobbying Broadcast Media on Climate.” Gain remarkably practical insights that will amplify your message using the power of broadcast media to create and grow public will for a more sustainable world. Use these simple techniques and collective action to enlist broadcast media to cover and accurately report on the climate crisis. This lecture is free and open to the public.