Earth Week April 20-24, 2015

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UC San Diego will join people around the world in celebrating Earth Week from April 20 to 24.


To help plan or participate in an Earth Week event, email

Earth Week Event Form

Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22

Earth Day Fair

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Price Center Plaza outside the Sustainability Resource Center
Celebrate Earth Day with student organizations, campus departments, and other organizations and learn how you can live more sustainably! Participaing organizations include:

  • MEC
  • Landscape Services
  • Staff Sustainability Network
  • EH&S/Aquaholics
  • San Diego Coast Keeper
  • Wildcoast
  • Housing, Dining & Hosptality
  • Sempra Energy
  • PowerSave
  • Student Sustainability Collective
  • Engineers for a Sustainable World
  • Commute Solutions
  • Tobacco Initiative

DIY Makers Day

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Geisel Library, Seuss Room
Get ideas for making eco-friendly products and reusing consumables. Make-your-own stations include:

  • Cleaning supplies (be extra green and bring your own container!)
  • Buttons using recycled book covers
  • Boxes using recycled paper
  • Sugar scrub
  • Plant a succulent
  • 3D printer demonstration using vegetable-based plastic

Other April Events

Spring EGGstravaganza
April 3–5, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
Birch Aquarium
Explore animal eggs, discover changes in the sea by making your own plankton, create a shark egg craft, and participate in an underwater egg hunt; no baskets needed.

Grunion Run
April 5, 9:30–11:30 p.m. and April 20, 10 p.m.–midnight
Birch Aquarium
The Grunion have arrived! Watch hundreds of small silver fish called grunion ride the waves onto La Jolla beaches to spawn. See grunion hatch before your eyes during a special presentation about this mysterious fish.

UC Cares Week
April 13–17

Atmospheric Rivers: California Rainmakers
April 13, 7–8 p.m.
Birch Aquarium
"Atmospheric rivers" are long narrow bands of highly concentrated moisture that can carry as much water as Earth's largest rivers. Join Scripps researcher Marty Ralph as he describes their crucial role in both water supply and flooding across much of the U.S. West Coast.

UC San Diego Sustainable Job Fair
April 14, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Exploring Ocean STEM Careers Night
April 14, 6–8:30 p.m.
Birch Aquarium
Curious about careers in oceanography? Students grades 6–12 will meet scientists and professionals from Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Birch Aquarium to learn about a wide variety of ocean-related STEM careers. Students under age 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Sustainable Power and Energy Center: NonoEngineering
April 16, 3:30 p.m.
Price Center Forum (4th floor)

Cesar Chavez Celebration 2015
April 18, 8 a.m. – 1 pm.
Serve and Learn @ Groundwork San Diego Chollas Creek

Walk the Block Party
April 18, 9 a.m.
Walk the Block Party is the first dance party walk at UC San Diego benefiting the Triton Food Pantry.

Third Annual Kicking Butts Off Campus Clean-up
April 19, 9:30–11 a.m.
Price Center Plaza
Free snacks and “SunGod Says” t-shirts for the first 100 registered participants!
Water will be provided, but please bring your own container. Register

Sustainable Fruit Tree Care
April 19, 10:30 a.m.
Roger's Community Garden
Learn how to organically and sustainably care for a variety of fruit trees. Tyler of Backyard Fruit San Diego will show how to prune, graft, and care for fruit trees in the most sustainable way possible.

Springfest: IMMERSION
April 19, 6–8 p.m.
Birch Aquarium
Join us for a special evening under the sea featuring UC San Diego music graduate students. Stroll through the aquarium and enjoy exciting live music and immersive electronic soundscapes written especially for the evening and inspired by the ocean and marine life.

Using 3D Imaging to Shed Light on the Unseen Beauty Beneath the Sea
April 20, 3:30 p.m.
Seuss Room, Geisel Library
Scripps Oceanography student and artist, Elizabeth Stringer, and Scripps researchers Jules Jaffe, Peter Franks, and Ph.D. candidate, Christian Briseno, will discuss their work in ocean science and the environmental knowledge they’ve gained from using state-of-the-art optical tools to observe the underwater world of plankton. Plankton, and particularly zooplankton, is also the inspiration for a Library art installation by Elizabeth Stringer, now on display through May. My Meditations End in Reverie, is a two-part exhibit, located in the Seuss Room Foyer of the Geisel Library and in the Biomedical Library Building breezeway.

Art & Soul: Recycled Bottle Planter w/ Succulents
April 20, 11 a.m. to noon
The Zone
Feeling artsy? Join us for Art & Soul and help us celebrate Earth Week by planting a succulent in your own recyclable water bottle planter! Workshops are free; all supplies and materials are provided. Space is limited; first come, first served.

Walking Tour of UC San Diego Sustainable Initiatives
April 20, 5–7 p.m.
Starts at Great Hall, International House
I-House faculty fellow, Dr. Keith Pezzoli,will lead a campus walking tour of sustainable initiatives, which includes gardens, food forest, water catchment, and more.

Easy Worm Composting at Home
April 21, noon to 12:30 p.m.
Sustainability Resource Center
The Staff Sustainability Network (SSN) presents “Easy Worm Composting at Home,” a 30-minute workshop to help celebrate Earth Week! Learn about the benefits of worm composting, how to get started, important dos and don’ts, and buying vs. making your own bin. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet some red wriggler worms and the rich earthy compost they produce.

Geoengineering Our Climate: the Scientific and Human Dimensions
Speakers: Jack Pan (SIO) and Kyle Haines (Political Science)
April 21, 4 p.m.
IGPP, The Judith and Walter Munk Laboratory, Conference Room
The Interdisciplinary Forum on Environmental Research (IFER) will host a student-based public discussion on geoengineering. The long residence time of CO2 and our consistent failures in cutting carbon emission will further exacerbate the negative effects of climate change. In the future, we may need to conduct geoengineering to stop a “climate emergency” by reflecting a portion of the incoming solar radiation or sequestrating atmospheric carbon. Geoengineering is an interdisciplinary and complex issue: it concerns not only scientific research and technical feasibility, but also involves local/global policy decision and ethical debates. Join us for a discussion on this controversial but very important and timely topic.

Thrifty Tuesday
April 21
Matthews Quad
Used clothing sale promoting thriftiness and sustainability, featuring live performances from KSDT bands.

Cradle to Cradle
April 23, 11 a.m. – 1p.m.
Price Center Plaza
Learn about deforestation, food waste, composting featuring Torrey Pines sapling planting. Prizes and interactive booths.

Sushi by Candlelight
April 23, 6:30 p.m.
James' Place La Jolla
James' Place has partnered with Open Blue to support sustainable aquaculture practices. Open Blue prides itself on being an environmentally responsible provider of contaminant-free, sustainable, premium seafood. James' Place aims to provide high-grade sushi while focusing on sustainable food culture. We will offer information on Open Blue to inform our guests how to be globally conscious when it comes to aquaculture. We will be serving a special menu item: Cobia Sustain-a-Roll.

Visit to Ocean View Growing Grounds
April 25, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Details and registration
I-House faculty fellow, Dr. Keith Pezzoli, will lead a tour of Ocean View Growing Grounds and Earth Lab in southeast San Diego, highlighting areas he has been working with the local communities to make healthy and sustainable places.

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