Earth Month events focus on increasing campus sustainably, gardening, thrifting and more

Campus community asked to take the pledge to Make Silver and Blue the New Green

Two bike riders along a paved path with views of pine trees and Lake Tahoe.

Earth Month events focus on increasing campus sustainably, gardening, thrifting and more

Campus community asked to take the pledge to Make Silver and Blue the New Green

Two bike riders along a paved path with views of pine trees and Lake Tahoe.

This Earth Month, departments across the University are collaborating to host a multi-day celebration focused on sustainability.

At the Earth Day Fest on Monday, April 22, participants will be asked to take the pledge and share their individual actions this month to help make “Silver and Blue the New Green,” a key tenant of the  University’s strategic plan that seeks to establish the Reno-Tahoe region as an epicenter of sustainability, research and leadership.  Participants will be asked to write down what they are committed to doing in the month of April and will receive a pledge pin or sticker.

“Earth Month gives us the opportunity to celebrate our natural world,” said Phoebe Judge, sustainability manager for the University. “Big or small, individual actions can make a difference and we’re asking the Wolf Pack to pledge one Earth-friendly action. This can be as simple as riding your bike, using less water, or turning off the lights.”

Sustainable Nevada, Joe Crowley Student Union, Graduate Student Association, Nevada Dining, Riverside Farmers Market and others have joined together to create a vibrant and educational experience exclusively for the Wolf Pack community.

Events will include:

Nevada Dining ThoughtFul Week- April 8 to April 12. This special time is dedicated to promoting and honoring the importance of self-care, mindfulness, spreading positivity and coming together. View all of the events on the Nevada Dining blog.  Students and staff are also participating in a food waste competition.

Eco-wise Wolf Pack on Thursday, April 11, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Argenta Hall Mezzanine. Participants will learn about sustainable resources surrounding the campus and grab sustainable supplies and samples. Hosted by Residential Life, Housing and Food Services.

Nevada Geothermal Town Hall on Tuesday, April 16, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Davidson Math and Science Center, Room 110. A panel of experts will share their knowledge and expertise on geothermal energy in Nevada. Attendees can expect to learn about the basics of geothermal energy, the state's role in harnessing geothermal power and the impact on local communities and how the University contributes to the advancement of this technology. Registration for this event is open via Eventbrite.

University of Nevada, Reno night at Reno Bike Project, Tuesday, April 16, at 5:30 p.m. at 635 East Fourth Street, Reno. This is an opportunity for students to fix up their mountain bike, commuter bike, unicylce and more with the help of Reno Bike Project experts. Sign up to bring your bike in this event that is reserved for the University community.

Climate Café, Wednesday, April 17, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Great Basin Hall Multipurpose Room. Hosted by Counseling Services, this is an informal open, respectful, confidential space to safely share emotional responses and reactions related to the climate and environmental emergency.

Earth Day weekend at Lake Tahoe, Friday April 19, to Saturday, April 20 at the University of Nevada, Reno at Lake Tahoe. Students are invited to explore the Lake Tahoe location and greater Lake Tahoe area as well as connect with amazing campus faculty and spend a night in the campus residence halls. Participants must register in advance via Formstack.

Nevada Athletics Softball Game on Sunday, April 21, at noon at the Christina M. Hixon Softball Park. Join Nevada Softball in celebration of Earth Day as they take on Boise State. Purchase tickets.

Day of Service on Monday, April 22, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. hosted by the Graduate Student Association (GSA) and Facility Services. Join GSA in planting flowers in the 15th Street roundabout. Volunteers will be asked to take one-to-two-hour shifts to be in the sunshine and plant flowers that will beautify campus. Volunteers must register for the GSA Day of Service.

Earth Day Fest, Planet vs. Plastic, Monday, April 22, from noon to 3 p.m. at the Joe Crowley Student Union (JCSU) Gateway Plaza. The event will include a Farmers Market hosted by Riverside Farmers Market with locally sourced goods, produce and services. Additional booths will include coaster painting, free plants and the chance to win a free bike. Participants also will be asked to take the Earth Day pledge. 

Sierra Community Garden Initiative on Monday, April 22, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Sierra Hall Garden Patio. Join the Sierra Hall Leadership Council to learn gardening skills and bring new life to an outdoor campus community space by planning and cultivating foliage and flowers. Supplies and materials will be provided by University Grounds Services.

JCSU Thrift Swap on Wednesday, April 24, from noon to 3 p.m. at JCSU Gateway Plaza. Join the Joe for this Thrift Swap event in honor of Earth Day, where sustainability meets style. Bring along gently-used clothing to participate in this swap event.

Pedal with the Pack on Friday, April 26, from 3:15 to 6 p.m. starting at the JCSU Gateway Plaza. This event brings new and experienced Wolf Pack bike riders together for a fun social ride from the University’s main campus to Mayberry Landing and back. The University Bicycle Working Group will lead the ride at a relaxed pace and can assist with maintenance issues along the way. Participants must RSVP for Pedal with the Pack for Earth Month and are required to bring their own bike and helmet.

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