UC San Diego's Earth Month 2017

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Sustainability, environmentalism and taking action against the threat of climate change will be at the center of UC San Diego's Earth Month celebration throughout April. This year's theme — UC San Diego: Using Science to Protect the Planet — will be woven into events designed to educate and engage the campus and community. Events range from a trash sort to a green job fair, the San Diego March for Science and much more.

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Our Cosponsored Events

UC San Diego’s Sustainability Showcase

Monday, April 24, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Town Square
As a part of UC San Diego’s Earth Month celebration, the Sustainability Resource Center, the Center for Sustainable Energy and the Climate Action Campaign are hosting a Sustainability Showcase for faculty, staff, students and the community. Meet local solar, electric vehicle, energy efficiency, water conservation and other industry experts to learn how you can be more sustainable at home and work. Tabling organizations include, UC San Diego Commute Solutions, Green Labs and Green Office Certification Program, Sullivan Solar Power, SunPower, Panasonic, Solar Edge and LG.

Solar Experience Seminars

Monday, April 24

Register at sdsolarexperience.org.

Sullivan Solar Power, the Center for Sustainable Energy and the Climate Action Campaign will share information on how home owners can easily install solar in their homes. Learn from energy and solar experts about:

  • How solar works
  • If solar will work for your home
  • Latest technologies, including battery integration with solar
  • How much solar and batteries cost
  • Financing options
  • Available incentives
  • How to choose a solar provider

EV Ride and Drives
Town Square, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
SIO Parking Lot P001, 4-6 p.m.

Test drive electric vehicles, including those available to UC San Diego employees at discounted rates, without a sales pitch.


Arbor Day Tree Planting
Friday, April 28, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Eleanor Roosevelt College, Housing West
In recognition of both Earth Day and Arbor Day — a national holiday where individuals and groups are encouraged to plant and care for trees — UC San Diego volunteers will plant trees at various campus locations. Volunteers should gather at the Eleanor Roosevelt College, Housing West at 11 a.m. for light refreshments. The tree planting will be sponsored by West Coast Arborists, who will kick off the event with an educational program and ceremonial tree planting. Volunteers and UC San Diego landscape technicians will disperse to the Marshall Community Garden, Muir College, Birch Aquarium and Mesa Graduate Housing to plant additional trees. Register now

More Events

University Centers Presents: DIY Totoro Terrariums

Monday, April 24, 3–5 p.m.
Price Center Plaza
Celebrate UC San Diego’s Earth Month with DIY terrariums! Bring home a bit a of nature and a tiny Totoro.

Composting Workshop with SSC
Tuesday, April 25, 11 a.m. – noon
The Zone
Join the Zone and the Student Sustainability Collective for a short presentation on the ease and benefits of composting. There will be a potting activity, where students can plant their own seeds (vegetables/herbs) and use composting soil from the SSC.

Inter-Sustainability Council (ISC) 2017 Sustainability Job Fair
Wednesday, April 26 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Price Center Ballroom A and B
Students are invited to network with green companies, nonprofit organizations, community resilience programs and student organizations at this event. Participants are urged to make connections with potential future employers and spark new conversations regarding sustainability topics, ranging from permaculture and solar panels to the importance of community gardens. Details

The UC San Diego Deep Decarbonization Initiative (D2I) 2016-2017 Research Seminar Series Presents:
Quantifying Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Atmospheric Measurements: An Important Reality Check.
Wednesday, April 26, 2:30–4 p.m.
GPS Conference Room 3106 (PDF map)
Profs. Keeling and Weiss

  • Ralph Keeling is professor of geochemistry in the Geosciences Research Division of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego. His research focuses on atmospheric composition, the carbon cycle, and climate change. He is considered a leading investigator of the global oxygen cycle for his precise measurements and analysis techniques.
  • Ray Weiss is Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Distinguished Research Professor and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs Emeritus at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego. He received a BS in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology in 1964, and a PhD in Earth sciences from the Scripps Institution in 1970. Professor Weiss’s career has been devoted to the application of chemical and isotopic measurements to the study of natural processes in the atmosphere, oceans, and deep lakes.  

Please RSVP.

UC San Diego HERO Seminar: “Active Hope: How to Survive the Mess We’re in Without Going Crazy”
Thursday, April 27, 5-6 p.m.
Muir Biology Building Seminar Room 1103
The Human and Earth Rights Organization is a nonprofit student organization that is dedicated to educating the public about social and environmental issues.

For a complete list events, visit our event calendar.

California & Climate Change
Thursday, April 27, 5–6:30 p.m.
GPS classroom 3201, UC San Diego
Hosted by the School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS) at UC San Diego and the GPS student chapter of Net Impact
David Hults, assistant chief counsel for the Air Resources Board of the California Environmental Protection Agency, will speak on “California & Climate Change: Global Leadership in the Face of National Uncertainty.” He will be joined by GPS Professor David Victor.

With the Trump administration now in power, California has said it will take the lead on advancing important policy goals even if the federal government doesn’t act. Though the state already has exercised this in the realms of immigration, civil rights and marijuana, nowhere is this effort more visible than its strides to combat global climate change. This talk will concentrate on what California is doing at home, the tricky legal issues that arise as one state moves in ways differing from federal policy, plus what it means globally as more nations try to implement the Paris Agreement. Register. Details (PDF)

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