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Earth Week 2016

Celebrate Earth Week at Northwestern with opportunities to learn, volunteer, and have fun. Check back soon for more details and more events and activities. 

Monday, April 11 - Friday, April 15

Sustainable Seafood Week 
Monday, April 11 – Friday, April 15, Allison Dining Hall 
Allison dining hall will be transformed into a seafood restaurant to educate students on the sustainability of their seafood options on campus. Sustainable seafood is seafood that is either caught or farmed in ways that consider the long-term vitality of harvested species and the well-being of the oceans, as well as the livelihoods of fisheries-dependent communities. For this event, we will be working with Chef Mark Grosz of Oceanique in Evanston to prepare high end sustainable seafood dishes.

Sunday, April 17

Green Lacrosse Game
Sunday, April 17, 12 pm, Lanny and Sharon Martin Stadium
The Athletics Sustainability Committee has designated the April 17 Lacrosse game a Green Game! As Northwestern faces off against Rutgers in their last regular season home game, the Associated Student Government and Pura Playa will raise awareness about sustainability issues and will volunteer to increase recycling rates during the event. Come out to celebrate Earth Week and cheer on the 'Cats! The game is free for Northwestern students with a valid WildCARD. Otherwise, tickets can be purchased tickets here.

Monday, April 18

Real Food Day
Monday, April 18, 11 am - 1 pm, all dining halls in Evanston
Join Real Food at NU and Northwestern Dining for Real Food Day on Monday, April 18. Come have lunch at a dining hall on the Evanston campus between 11 am and 1 pm to enjoy a meal featuring ethical, "real" food. If you're eating at Sargent, stop by the Real Food at NU table to ask questions, learn about what "real food" is, and find out what the Real Food at NU club does and how you can get involved.

ENERGY STAR Photo Booth at Norris
Monday, April 18, 11 am - 1 pm, Norris University Center, Ground Floor
Stop the ENERGY STAR photo booth to learn about energy efficiency efforts at Northwestern. Share what makes you an energy star to be entered to win prizes.

Weigh the Waste
Monday, April 18 and Tuesday, April 19, 12 pm - 1 pm, Allison Dining Hall
On April 18 and 19, sustainability interns will be tracking and measuring students’ post-consumer food waste in the Allison dining hall. Northwestern Dining will also be carrying out a new food sampling program in an effort to encourage guests to “take less, and waste less.”

Tuesday, April 19

Bike Pit Stop
Tuesday, April 19, 11 am - 1 pm, Jacobs Center Plaza at Foster and Sheridan
Get your bike ready for cycling season with a biker pit stop in front of the Jacobs Center on Sheridan Road. Local bike shop Wheel & Sprocket will be on hand to pump up tires, make quick adjustments, and help you get rolling on your bike this spring.

The Fight for Fair Fruit: Beyond the Seal Screening
Tuesday, April 19, 7 pm – 8 pm, Harris Hall, Room 108
Join the Buffett Institute for Global Studies for a screening of “Beyond the Seal,” a documentary created by two Northwestern alums, Leah Varjacques and Katherine Nagasawa, about Fair Trade bananas and the people behind a movement to change the banana industry. Afterward, there will be a panel about the industry and movement moderated by Mary Beth Finch, sociology.

Wednesday, April 20

ENERGY STAR Photo Booth at Tech
Wednesday, April 20, 11 am - 1 pm, Technical Institute Lobby
Stop the ENERGY STAR photo booth to learn about energy efficiency efforts at Northwestern. Share what makes you an energy star to be entered to win prizes.

iCommit Photo Booth
Wednesday, April 20, 11 am - 3 pm,  Foster Walker Dining Hall
Pledge your commitment to sustainable practices at the iCommit photo booth. Northwestern Dining will host tables where students, faculty, staff members, and visitors can write down one way that they will practice more sustainable habits in their daily lives. The photos will appear on Northwestern Dining’s social media pages to encourage others to make commitments to sustainability.

Thursday, April 21

iCommit Photo Booth
Thursday April 21, 11 am - 3 pm, Norris University Center

Pledge your commitment to sustainable practices at the iCommit photo booth. Northwestern Dining will host tables where students, faculty, staff members, and visitors can write down one way that they will practice more sustainable habits in their daily lives. The photos will appear on Northwestern Dining’s social media pages to encourage others to make commitments to sustainability.

Car Free City
Thursday, April 21, 4:30 pm, Evanston Public Library
Come join Northwestern University’s Engineers for a Sustainable World for a panel on making Evanston more sustainable. This event will feature leaders in transportation.

Green Justice: Bridging Social Inequality and the Environment
Thursday, April 21, 7 pm - 8:30 pm,  University Hall, 102
In partnership with the Buffett Institute, the Environmental Science and Policy & Culture programs will host a panel of local environmental activists who will discuss the intersection of environmental justice and social inequality. Topics will include: water contamination, the effects of coal-fired power plants, and access to environmental friendly infrastructure.

Friday, April 22

Mount Trashmore
Friday, April 22, 11 am – 3 pm, in front of Lunt Hall at Foster and Sheridan Rd.
Visit Mount Trashmore to see how much trash Northwestern’s Evanston campus typically generates every hour. Then find out how you can help shrink the mountain of trash. Test your trash and recycling knowledge to win prizes. This event is weather permitting. In the case of bad weather, visit the SustainNU table at Norris.

ENERGY STAR Photo Booth at Mount Trashmore
Friday, April 22, 11 am – 1 pm, in front of Deering Meadow, Sheridan Rd., Evanston
Stop the ENERGY STAR photo booth to learn about energy efficiency efforts at Northwestern. Share what makes you an energy star to be entered to win prizes.

Earth Day Menus
April 22, lunch, dining halls across campus
Northwestern Dining will offer menus that showcase more sustainable recipes with a focus on plant-based diets.

Fresh Market
April 22, 11 am - 2 pm, Norris University Center
Purchase fresh produce at an on-campus market hosted by Northwestern Dining. The market will feature items from local farmers and small businesses.

Wildcat Blackout
Friday, April 22, 7:30 pm - 10 pm, starting at Tech LR3
Engineers for a Sustainable world will host a competition to turn off lights around campus. Come out to have fun and win prizes while helping to conserve energy.

Saturday, April 23

Environmental Day of Service
Saturday, April 23, 9 am – 11 am, Ingraham Park, 2100 Ridge Ave., Evanston
Northwestern’s Associated Student Government will team up with the City of Evanston to host a volunteer day at Ingraham Park. Join other Northwestern volunteers to clean up this park, located just a few blocks west of the Evanston campus. Meet at 8:45 am at the Civic Center (2100 Ridge). Sign up here.

Clean Up Evanston with the Graduate Student Association
Saturday, April 23, 9 am - 11 am, Clark Street Beach House, Dawes Beach, Evanston
Come spend a few hours keeping the Evanston lakeshore pristine. Join the Graduate Student Association and the Evanston community as to clean up the parks and mulch trees for Earth Day! Breakfast and beverages will provided for all volunteers. Please register for the event here.

Welcome Back Birds at Clark Street Beach Sanctuary
Saturday, April 23, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm, Clark Street Beach Bird Sanctuary, Evanston
Celebrate Earth Day with the birds at the Clark St. Beach Bird Sanctuary. Guides will lead bird and plant walks around the sanctuary and discuss opportunties for research, group, and volunteer activities. Live entertainment by LakeDance and associates.

Sunday, April 24

Making Evanston the Most Livable City - For Everyone
Sunday, March 24, 2 pm - 5 pm, Fleetwood Jourdain Center, 1655 Foster St., Evanston
Citizens’ Greener Evanston will be hosting its major Earth Month event with the theme of “Making Evanston the Most Livable City – For Everyone.” The keynote will be delivered by Veronica Kyle of Faith in Place, an organization dedicated to bringing together religious people of diverse faiths to care for the Earth through education, connection, and advocacy.

Tuesday, April 26

ENERGY STAR Photo Booth at Lurie
Tuesday, April 26, 11 am - 1 pm, Robert H. Lurie Medical Research Building, Ryan Family Atrium 
Stop the ENERGY STAR photo booth to learn about energy efficiency efforts at Northwestern. Share what makes you an energy star to be entered to win prizes.

Friday, April 29

Arbor Day Tree Planting
Friday, April 29, 9 am – 11 am and 12 pm – 2 pm, meet at the Rock
Celebrate Arbor Day at Northwestern by helping to plant a tree on campus. Participants will also learn about the trees found on campus about how the grounds crews care for our urban forest. Meet at the rock at 9 am. for the morning session or at noon for the afternoon session. Pizza will be provided for participants at the Rock in between the morning and afternoon sessions. Sign up by Thursday, April 28.

More events are in the works. Check back soon for details. 

To add an event to this listing, contact Stephanie Folk in the Office of Sustainability.