Earth Week - April 16-20, 2018

Earth Week Fun Facts

  • 2018 marks the seventh annual UT Dallas Earth Week. #utdearthweek
  • Volunteers donated 385 hours and $9,682.75 of volunteer time during Earth Week 2017.
  • Earth Week 2017 events and service opportunites engaged 562 students in 6 OSV-hosted events with 21 community partners, 12 campus departments, and 12 student organizations.
  • Earth Fair is the largest event during Earth Week and features an array of student and community focused green initiatives.
  • UT Dallas has a certified monarch waystation on campus. Butterfly Flutterby, established during Earth Week in spring 2015, give students the opportunity to enjoy maintaining the butterfly habitat year-round.

UT Dallas Goes Green!

  • On campus composting operations collect all our landscape waste and turn it into compost. #soilhappens
  • UT Dallas is certified as a Tree Campus USA through the Arbor Day Foundation.
  • More than 1,200,000 million plastic bottles have been saved by students using campus’ 32 water bottle filling stations.
  • Over 230,000 straws were used at Dining Hall West just last year. As a result, UT Dallas Dining has gone "strawless" in effort to promote sustainable dining choices.
  • Since October 2016, the Sustainability Office has recycled over 2,000 lbs. of ink cartridges and toners.
  • Through the Office of Student Volunteerism, year-round "green" events are hosted at the UT Dallas Community Garden, Butterfly Flutterby, Adopt-a-Highway, and Operation Upcycle series.

Do you have questions or want to be a part of Earth Week? Contact the OSV if you would like to get involved!

Each year, the UT Dallas community comes together to celebrate sustainability and environmental practices through interactive and educational events and programs during Earth Week. With the assistance of valued partners, Earth Week is brought to UT Dallas by the Office of Student Volunteerism and the Office of Sustainability.

Want to know more about Earth Week? Learn about the impact UT Dallas made and get highlights by viewing or downloading the Earth Week 2017 Impact Bulletin.

Earth Week 2018 Event Schedule

A complete list of Earth Week 2018 events and festivities are listed below. Click on the event title to learn more about each offering.

Monday, April 16

Free Gardening Workshop
Option A: 9-10:30 a.m., Meet at SSA Lobby - Register Now!
Option B: 1-2:30 p.m., Meet at SSA Lobby - Register Now!
Kick off Earth Week by putting your green thumb forward as you learn the benefits of community greening and organic gardening.
*OrgSync registration required.
Co-sponsored by Facilities Management

Cinematheque: An Inconvenient Sequel
7-9:30 p.m., SSA Auditorium
A decade after An Inconvenient Truth brought climate change into the heart of popular culture comes the riveting and rousing follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution. Bruce Melton, the director of the Climate Change Now Initiative, the oldest independent climate science education organization in the world, will present a 30-minute lecture before the film and Q&A afterward.
*Comet Card required.
Co-sponsored by The Office of Sustainability and Meteor Theater

Tuesday, April 17

Operation Upcycle - Register Now!
2-4 p.m., Galaxy Room A
Give your old jeans a leg up in the world by upcycling them into shoes for a child in Uganda.
*Orgsync registration required.
Co-sponsored by Road Warriors

Wednesday, April 18

Sustainability in Research Panel Discussion
10-11 a.m., TI Auditorium (ECSS 2.102)
Ever wondered what UTD’s professors think about sustainability and environmentalism? Three stand-out UTD professors and two representatives from the John Bunker Sands Wetland Center will share stories about their research, connections to sustainability and environmentalism, and perspectives on the importance of related student engagement.
*Seating is limited and registration is required to attend.

Thursday, April 19

Pop Up Farmers' Market
9 a.m.-1 p.m., The Plinth
Discover fresh treats, cooking demonstrations and recipes! Food is available for purchase.
Sponsored by UT Dallas Dining

Earth Fair
11a.m.-1 p.m., Student Union Mall
Celebrate Earth Day with music, free earthy items, and good, clean, green fun with various campus and community partners.

Better Know Sustainability
4-5 p.m., SSA 14.244
Come meet the Office of Sustainability staff, learn about how UTD strives to be a leader in the field, and ask questions.
Sponsored by the Office of Sustainability

The Crystal Reef, A Virtual Reality Experience
7-8 p.m., SSA Gaming Wall
Transport yourself to the year 3018, where you’ll experience the effects of ocean acidification off the coast of Ischia, Italy.
Sponsored by VR Club

Friday, April 20

Butterfly Flutterby - Register Now!
9-11 a.m., Monarch Waystation
Help maintain UTD’s hotspot for Monarch Butterflies by planting, sowing seeds, and weeding the waystation.
*OrgSync registration required.
Co-sponsored by Facilities Management

Ongoing Events

Trade-In, Trade-Up, Recycle
April 16-20, 9am-5pm
Trade-In your old device or Recycle eWaste at the UTD Tech Store or the Earth Fair for credit to use toward a new one! Contact Brian Leadingham with questions.

The Pledge Tree
April 16-20, SU Lobby
Whether it’s to recycle more, drive less, or protect our natural resources, we can all do something to lighten our environmental footprint! Swing by the SU 1st floor lobby and write your pledge on a paper leaf to be added to the Pledge Tree.
Sponsored by the Eco Reps

2018 Campus and Community Partners

Biological Sciences Department
Citizens' Climate Lobby
City of Dallas Defend your Drains
City of Dallas Stormwater Management
City of Richardson - Health Department
City of Richardson Public Services
Coca-Cola Southwest Beverages
Collin County Master Gardeners
Cycling Club
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART)
Employee Wellness/Campus Wellness Committee
Environmental Protection Agency
Food Recovery Network
Groundwork Dallas
Heifer International
Kimberly Clark - Nitrile Glove Recycling
McDermott Library
Office of Research Compliance
Office of Student Volunteerism

Office of Sustainability
Parkland Health & Hospital System
Radio UT Dallas
Recreational Sports
School of Permaculture
Staff Council
Student Counseling Center
Student Wellness Center
Students Promoting Acts of Random Kindness (SPARK)
Sustainability Club
Texas Discovery Gardens
UT Dallas Community Garden
UTD Dining
UTD Tech Store
V Bikes
Vedic Organization for Inspiration, Culture & Education (VOICE)
YES Club at UT Dallas