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Earth Month 2018

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 2018. Check back soon for details or visit the sustainNU Facebook page for regular updates. 

Technology & Business of Energy Seminar Series

Fridays, February 23 through April 27, 12:15pm – 1:15pm
Kellogg Global Hub, Room 2130, Evanston

The Technology & Business of Energy Seminars are designed to provide a practical introduction to the basics of the energy industry, as well as serve as a space to network with others who are interested in renewable energy issues. Northwestern MBA and STEM PhD students will lead broad discussions focusing on the key concepts required to discuss energy intelligently. A Free Krishna lunch (vegetarian Indian boxed lunch) will be provided to registered participants. This event is organized by the Kellogg Energy Club, and the Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern, the Northwestern Energy and Sustainability Consortium. Participation is open to all Northwestern students.

Learn more here and register in advance here.

Bike to Campus Pit Stop

Tuesday, April 10, 11:30am – 1:30pm
Between Wieboldt and Ward Buildings, Chicago 

Visit the bike pit stop for quick adjustments with local professionals from Village Cycle. Get help pumping up your tires, register your bike with University police, and learn about resources available to campus cyclists.

ENERGY STAR Photo Booth 

Wednesday, April 11, 11am - 1pm
Arthur Rubloff Building, Atrium, 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.

Bike to Campus Pit Stop

Thursday, April 12, 11:30am – 1:30pm
Jacobs Center Plaza, 2001 Sheridan Road, Evanston

Visit the bike pit stop for quick adjustments with local professionals from Wheel and Sprocket. Get help pumping up your tires, register your bike with University police, and learn about resources available to campus cyclists.

Lunchtime Bike Ride

Friday, April 13, 12pm – 1pm
Canceled due to weather. 

ENERGY STAR Photo Booth 

Tuesday, April 17, 11am - 1pm
Norris University Center, Ground Floor, Evanston 

Wednesday, April 18, 11am - 1pm
Technological Institute, Lobby, 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.

Sustainability Walking Tour

Thursday, April 19, 12:10pm
Meet at the Rock, Evanston  

Get some steps in while learning about the sustainable features of Northwestern’s Evanston campus. Join sustainNU and YourLife for a 45-minute walking tour starting at the Rock at 12:10 p.m. Learn which campus buildings feature solar panels, find out where drivers can charge electric vehicles, and visit the low profile building that delivers steam and chilled water to most of the Evanston campus. This tour offers a fun, social way to be healthy and green this Earth Month.  

Earth Day Cleanup at Seneca Park

Saturday, April 21, 8:30am - 12pm 
Seneca Park, 220 E. Chicago, Chicago 

Join members of the Seneca Park Advisory Council for their annual Earth Day clean up event. The event starts with breakfast at Engine Company 98 (202 E. Chicago Ave.), and the cleanup activities run from 9am to noon. Lunch will be provided at noon. 

Clean Up Evanston 

Saturday, April 21, 9am - 11am
Clark Street Beach Bird Sanctuary, just south of the Segal Visitors Center, Evanston

The Graduate Student Association will partner with the City of Evanston to host a park clean-up event at the Clark Street Beach Bird Sanctuary, located just south of the Segal Visitors Center. Pitch in to help clean up a green space in the community. Learn more and sign up here

Transportation Benefits Session 

Monday, April 23, 12pm - 1pm
Norris University Center, 203 (Lake Room), 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. Refreshments and snacks will be provided; please bring a bag lunch.

Mount Trashmore 

Wednesday, April 25, 11am - 3pm 
Lawn in front of Lunt Hall, 2033 Sheridan Rd., 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.

Tree Planting for Earth Day and Arbor Day

Friday, April 27, 10am - 2pm (Session 1 starts at 10am. Session 2 starts at 12:30pm.)
Meet at the Rock, Evanston 

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 10 a.m. and the second starting at 12:30pm. Join for as much time as you have available, and wear comfortable clothes and shoes that are appropriate for digging. Lunch will be available for participants in between sessions. Meet at the Rock, near the entrance to University Hall. Sign up here.

Transportation Benefits Session

Friday, April 27, 12pm - 1pm
Wieboldt Hall, Room 406, 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. Refreshments and snacks will be provided. Please bring a bag lunch.


Northwestern Dining Events 

I Commit

Join Northwestern Dining at one of their I Commit events to share how you will contribute to a more sustainable campus and a greener world.

Earth Day Brunch

Sunday, April 22, 11am - 1pm
Allison Dining Hall

Find more events in the Northwestern Dining April calendar.
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