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Earth Month 2017

Northwestern celebrates Earth Day throughout April with a wide variety of events designed to engage the University community in issues of environmental sustainability. Here are some of the events being planned for April 2017. Check back soon for details or visit the sustainNU Facebook page for regular updates. 

Earth Month Events in Evanston and Chicago 

Catch the Purple Unicorn

April 1 – 30
Last November, Northwestern worked with the Divvy bike share system to introduce a purple Northwestern-branded Divvy bike.  This unique "purple unicorn" bike was removed from circulation at the end of January, and it will be back for more adventures this April. Throughout the month, keep your eyes peeled for the purple unicorn, and share your photos with the hashtag “#NUDivvy” for a chance to win prizes.

Art Inspired by the Science of Climate Change, Evanston Exhibit    

8 a.m. to 11 p.m., April 3 to 30 
Norris University Center, Norris Galleria, Ground Floor, 1999 Campus Drive, Evanston
Stop by the Norris Galleria to view an exhibit of art inspired by the science of climate change. The works by artist and Northwestern Pritzker School of Law graduate Alisa Singer transform data into stunning illustrations that tell the story of our changing climate.

Sustainability Campus Tour

Noon to 1 p.m., April 7
Meet at the Rock, Evanston 
Take a sustainability tour of Northwestern's Evanston campus. During April, we will host a tour each week to celebrate Earth Month and the unveiling of sustainNU's Campus Sustainability Map. Join us to explore some of the green features on campus that usually go unnoticed. The tour will begin at the Rock and end at the Shakespeare Garden.

ENERGY STAR® Photo Booth

11 a.m. to 1 p.m., April 11
Norris University Center, Ground Floor, 1999 Campus Drive, Evanston
Stop by the ENERGY STAR photo booth to share what you do to save energy. Write down your energy saving tip, snap a photo, and have a cookie.

It Ain't Easy Being Green: A Panel on Sustainability

7 p.m. to 9 p.m., April 13
Harris Hall, Room L07, Evanston
RSVP on Facebook
Northwestern Global Brigades presents “It Ain’t Easy Being Green: A Panel on Sustainability” with Dr. Peter Locke, Professor Michael Diamond, Dr. Kim Gray, and a representative from the Plant. The event will feature a moderated discussion among the guest speakers, as well as a discussion with a selection of student representatives from Global Brigades, AIESEC, and ESW, concluding with a brief audience Q&A. Refreshments will be provided.

Sustainability Campus Tour

Noon to 1 p.m., April 14 
Meet at the Rock, Evanston 
Take a sustainability tour of Northwestern's Evanston campus. During April, we will host a tour each week to celebrate Earth Month and the unveiling of sustainNU's Campus Sustainability Map. Join us to explore some of the green features on campus that usually go unnoticed. The tour will begin at the Rock and end at the Shakespeare Garden.

ENERGY STAR® Photo Booth

11 a.m. to 1 p.m., April 14
Arthur Rubloff Building, Main Atrium, 375 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago
Stop by the ENERGY STAR photo booth to share what you do to save energy. Write down your energy saving tip, snap a photo, and have a cookie.

Reception for Art Inspired by the Science of Climate Change Exhibit

4 p.m. to 6 p.m., April 14
Arthur Rubloff Building, Main Atrium, 375 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago     
Join the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law and sustainNU at a reception for the opening of an exhibit of art inspired by the science of climate change. Meet the artist, Alisa Singer, a Northwestern Pritzker School of Law graduate who took up art after retiring from the practice of corporate law. The work featured in the exhibit was inspired by the aesthetic design elements of scientific charts and graphs.

Art Inspired by the Science of Climate Change, Chicago Exhibit      

8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays to Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, April 14 to 30 
Arthur Rubloff Building, Main Atrium, 375 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago    
Visit the main atrium of the Arthur Rubloff Building in downtown Chicago to view an exhibit of art inspired by the science of climate change. The works by artist and Northwestern Pritzker School of Law graduate Alisa Singer transform data into stunning illustrations that tell the story of our changing climate. 

Green Office Brown Bag

12 p.m. to 1 p.m., April 18    
Norris University Center, Wildcat Room, 1999 Campus Drive, Evanston
Northwestern staff members are invited to a learn what the University is doing to reduce our environmental impact and how the staff can get involved. The discussion will highlight ways that staff members can participate in campus sustainability efforts through initiatives such as the Green Office program, which offers resources and support for creating a more environmentally friendly workplace. This event is hosted by the Northwestern University Staff Advisory Council and sustainNU.

Tree Planting  

9 a.m. to 11 a.m. (session 1) or 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (session 2), April 20
Meet at the Rock, Evanston campus  
 
Sign up to here to participate.
Help plant a tree and learn about our urban forest with the professionals who care for the trees, plants and landscapes on campus. There will be two sessions, with the first starting at 9 a.m. and the second starting at 11 a.m. Join for as much time as you have available, and wear comfortable clothes and shoes that are appropriate for digging. Pizza will be available for participants in between sessions. Meet at the Rock, near the entrance to University Hall.

Environmental Injustice in Chicago

7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., April 19
Harris Hall, Room 107, Evanston
In this free panel presented by Fossil Free NU, NU Conference for Human Rights, and the Environmental Science Program, participants will hear from several Chicagoans actively working to create change for low income and racially marginalized communities most impacted by environmental risk.

Sustainability Campus Tour

Noon to 1 p.m., April 20
Meet at the Rock, Evanston 
Take a sustainability tour of Northwestern's Evanston campus. During April, we will host a tour each week to celebrate Earth Month and the unveiling of sustainNU's Campus Sustainability Map. Join us to explore some of the green features on campus that usually go unnoticed. The tour will begin at the Rock and end at the Shakespeare Garden.

Signal and Noise in our Weather and Climate

6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., April 20
Donald P. Jacobs Center, Owen L. Coon Auditorium, 2001 Sheridan Road, Evanston
Join WGN-TV cable superstation meteorologist and dynamic weather/climate communicator Tom Skilling; University of Illinois Harry E. Preble Endowed Professor, IPCC coordinating lead author, and former White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Assistant Director for Climate Science Don Wuebbles; and Senior Fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs Karen Weigert for a discussion of Signal and Noise in Weather and Climate and the implications for policy design and implementation. This event is sponsored by One Book, the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, the Buffett Institute for Global Studies, the Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern, Associated Student Government Sustainability Committee, Engineers for a Sustainable World, NU Real Food, and Students for Ecological and Environmental Development.

Mount Trashmore

11 a.m. to 3 p.m., April 21
Lawn in front of Lunt Hall, 2033 Sheridan Road, Evanston 
In honor of Earth Day, we will be erecting "Mount Trashmore,” a pile of trash representing the volume of waste generated on campus.  It will be constructed along Sheridan Road, just to the west of the front entrance to Lunt Hall.  Stop by for free giveaways that will help you reduce waste (while supplies last)!  Learn about waste and how you can generate less and recycle more.  This event is weather permitting.

Pre-March for Science Open Forum and Sign Making

3 p.m. to 5 p.m., April 21
Fisk Hall, Room 311, Evanston
RSVP on Facebook
Join Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW) to hear professors and students speak about the importance of science, prepare for the March for Science by making signs, and eat Krispy Kreme - all at the same time! Get details in the Facebook event description.

March for Science, Chicago

10 a.m., April 22
Congress Parkway and Michigan Ave., Chicago
For one day only, Columbus Drive is becoming Science Drive. The goals of the event are: to show support for the scientific community; to safeguard the scientific process; and to publicly celebrate science, which helps us make sense of ourselves and our world. The rally starts at 10 a.m. and the march begins at 11 a.m. Enter through Congress Parkway and Michigan Avenue. Get the details here. 

Clean Up Evanston

8:30 a.m. to noon, April 22
Meet at Dawes Park, near Davis Street and Sheridan Road, Evanston
Sign up here to participate.
The Northwestern Graduate Student Organization will partner with the YourLife Wellness program and the City of Evanston to host a park clean-up day. Volunteers will mulch trees and clean up trash along the lakeshore near Dawes Park, located at Sheridan Road and Lake Street. Breakfast will be provided.

Keep Streeterville Beautiful

9 a.m. – 11 a.m., April 22
Lake Shore Park, 808 N. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago
Join the Streeterville Organization of Active Residents (SOAR) for a spring clean-up event near Northwestern’s Chicago campus. All necessary supplies to help will be provided as well as refreshments. Meet at the tennis courts and pitch in to contribute to the Streeterville neighborhood.

Save Climate Research

10 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 22
Fisk Hall, Room 111, Evanston 
Programmers, data scientists, and science enthusiasts are invited to participate in saving climate data. Help preserve vulnerable federal climate, environmental, and transportation data. On Earth Day, meet in the Knight Lab in Fisk Hall, bring your laptop, and be ready to learn. 

Water Talks: Exploring Water Research and Indigenous Science

2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., April 22
Swift Hall, Room 107, 2029 Sheridan Road, Evanston         
Join the Center for Water Research, Native American and Indigenous Peoples Steering Group, and Multicultural Student Affairs to learn about water and the roles it plays in our lives. From holding cultural and spiritual importance to being the focus of academic research or a subject for art, water holds far-reaching importance to communities of all types. Register at NUearthday2017.eventbrite.com.

Sustainability Scavenger Hunt

1 p.m. to 3 p.m., April 23 
Norris University Center, 1999 Campus Drive, Evanston
Grab your friends and join the Associated Student Government Sustainability Committee and GREEN House in a race to find green features on Northwestern's Evanston campus. This is a scavenger hunt complete with prizes. Bring your smartphone. RSVP here.

Bike to Campus Week

April 21 to 28
During the week of April 21, Northwestern will compete with other Chicago-area colleges and universities in the Chicagoland Bike 2 Campus Week challenges. Ride your bike to campus and log your trips to help Northwestern claim the title of Bike 2 Campus Champions.  

Sustainability Campus Tour

Noon to 1 p.m., April 24 
Meet at the Rock, Evanston
Take a sustainability tour of Northwestern's Evanston campus. During April, we will host a tour each week to celebrate Earth Month and the unveiling of sustainNU's Campus Sustainability Map. Join us to explore some of the green features on campus that usually go unnoticed. The tour will begin at the Rock and end at the Shakespeare Garden.

Bike Tune-Up Station - Evanston

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., April 24
Jacobs Center, East Plaza at Sheridan Rd. and Foster St., Evanston

Bring your bike for a quick tune-up, purchase a bike lock, or register your bike with University Police. A mechanic from local bike shop Wheel and Sprocket will pump up tires, oil chains, and make other quick adjustments to get you ready for spring cycling. 

Bike Tune-Up Station - Chicago 

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., April 25
Courtyard between Wieboldt and Searle Buildings, Chicago 

Bring your bike for a quick tune-up, purchase a bike lock, or register your bike with University Police. A mechanic from local bike shop Village Cycle will pump up tires, oil chains, and make other quick adjustments to get you ready for spring cycling. 

Transportation Benefits Session, Evanston Campus 

Noon to 1 p.m., April 25
Rebecca Crown Center, Hardin Hall, Evanston
Join sustainNU and HR Benefits to learn about the advantages that Northwestern employees can enjoy related to transportation, including pre-tax commuter benefits, Divvy discounts, and more! Each participant will receive a free 24-hour Divvy pass. Refreshments and snacks will be provided; please bring a bag lunch.

Transportation Benefits Session, Chicago Campus 

Noon to 1 p.m., April 28
Wieboldt Hall, room 408, Chicago
Join sustainNU and HR Benefits to learn about the advantages that Northwestern employees can enjoy related to transportation, including pre-tax commuter benefits, Divvy discounts, and more! Each participant will receive a free 24-hour Divvy pass. Refreshments and snacks will be provided; please bring a bag lunch.


Events Sponsored by Northwestern Dining

The following events will take place in dining halls and other facilities on the Evanston campus. These events highlight issues such as food waste, sustainable seafood, and local and sustainable food production.

NURF Days

April 3 and 17 during lunch service in all Evanston campus dining halls 
Northwestern Dining and Real Food at Northwestern (NURF) will host a meal made up of Real Food - food that is produced locally and through methods that fair, humane, and sustainable.

iCommit Photo Booth

Noon to 2 p.m., April 4 at Norris, Evanston
Noon to 2 p.m., April 5 at the Hinman Dining Hall
Noon to 2 p.m., April 6 at the Sargent Dining Hall
Noon to 2 p.m., April 10 at the Foster-Walker Dining Hall
Noon to 2 p.m., April 11 at the Allison Dining Hall
5 p.m. to 7 p.m. April 14 at the Elder Dining Hall
Commit to a sustainable practice and take a picture to share your commitment.

Meatless Mondays Humane Society Lunch 

April 10 and 24 during lunch service in all Evanston campus dining halls 
Dining halls will serve a meat-free lunch to create awareness of more humane and sustainable food options.

Sustainable Seafood Restaurant Week

April 18 to April 21 during lunch and dinner service 
Foster Walker East Dining Hall
Meals will feature sustainably sourced seafood to raise awareness of responsible seafood industry practices.

Weigh the Waste 

Noon to 1 p.m., April 20 at the Allison Dining Hall
Noon to 1 p.m., April 27 at the Sargent Dining Hall
Volunteers will collect and weigh waste collected in the dining hall to create awareness about food waste, portion size, and food recovery program through campus kitchens.

Earth Day Coca Cola Activation Event

Noon to 4 p.m., April 21, Norris East Lawn, Evanston 
This event welcomes students to learn about Coca-Cola’s commitment to sustainability by highlighting EKOCENTERs which are modular commodities placed around the world and run by local female entrepreneurs to provide safe water, solar power, internet access, and more.

Earth Day Brunch

11 a.m. to 2 p.m., April 22, Plex East Dining Hall
This Earth Day brunch will focus on local, seasonal, organic, and sustainable products. 

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