SUSPENDED: A Longhorn's Guide to Earth Day at 50

Earth Day 2020




To celebrate Earth Day 2020 at The University of Texas at Austin—the 50th celebration of that day—we are promoting a number of events. This list will be continually updated to include all of the known sustainability-related events occurring on campus during April. Please click on the calendar listing for additional details. #50YearsofEarthDay, #EarthDay2020, #BleedOrangeLiveGreen, #WallerCreekIsCalling

Connect with Nature and Wellness

  • CANCELED April 1 to April 24, Waller Creek Monster Habitat Nest, San Jacinto and 24th Street. This Earth Month, Texas Applied Arts offers the UT community a remarkable way to experience and connect with the healing power of nature. The  student-designed and built nest has been reimagined as a realm of restoration where the invisible can become visible. The installation will include a soundscape, visuals marking the 100-year flood levels, and interactive QR codes that educate about research, biodiversity, and urban ecology while leaving the observer with a call to action. You may even be able to spot the elusive Creek Monster. Funded by Green Fund. #WallerCreekIsCalling

  • CANCELED April 7, 10 to 10:45 am, Earth Month Waller Creek Wellness Walk, Meet at the Santa Rita Oil Well

  • CANCELED April 11, 8 to 11 am, Waller Creek Clean Up. This annual event is led by Environmental Health and Safety.

  • CANCELED April 14, 10 to 10:45 am, Earth Month Waller Creek Wellness Walk, Meet at the Mustang Statue

  • April 22, 10 am to 2 pm, Tobacco Free Day, Gregory Gym Plaza

  • CANCELED April 22,C 12 pm to 1 pm, Yoga with the Waller Creek Monster, San Jacinto and 24th Streets, #WallerCreekIsCalling

  • April 22, Bella Gaia: Beautiful Earth

  • CANCELED Arbor Day Tree Planting and Give-Away, TBD

Food for Thought

  • CANCELED April 3, 7 to 8:15 pm, Raj Patel: Food, Climate, Equality and Our Future (Hot Science, Cool Talk from the Environmental Science Institute), BUR Auditorium (2505 University Avenue). Note that pre-talk activities will occur in the BUR hallways starting at 5:15 pm
    How does food equality relate to climate change? How will this relationship change in the future and what impact will it have on our society? Award-winning author, activist and academic, Dr. Raj Patel, shares the challenges we face today and potential solutions that are leading the way towards positive change. Registration opens three weeks prior to the event date.

  • CANCELED April 8, 11 am to 4 pm, UT Farm Stand, Jester Plaza at 21 St Street

  • April 22, 11 am to 4 pm, UT Farm Stand, Jester Plaza at 21St Street

Sustainable Fashion and Design

Connect with Others and Learn about Equity and Sustainability

Focus on Energy

  • April 14, 12:30 to 1:45 pm, Energy Institute Symposium: Joseph Tainter: "What Energy Transitions Tell Us About Water Management", POB 2.302

  • April 22, Dark Tower to focus on energy conservation

  • April 28, 12:30 to 1:45 pm, Energy Institute Symposium: Leah Stokes "Short Circuiting Policy: Interest Groups and the Battle Over Clean Energy and Climate Policy in the American States", POB 2.302

Lectures and Other Events

  • April 2, 12:30 to 1:30 pm, Nature and the City Lecture: Dr. Kevin Anderson "Physical Geography and the Science of Nature", NHB 1.720. If you miss these lectures, check out the podcasts.

  • CANCELED April 22, 5 to 6:30 pm, Lecture: Dr. John Barry, Professor of Green Political Economy in the Centre for Sustainability, Equality and Climate Action, at Queen’s University Belfast, sponsored by the Institute for Historical Studies in the Department of History, the Center for Sustainable Development in the School of Architecture, UT Global Classrooms Initiative, and Center for European Studies, GOL 3.120

Commit to Zero Waste

  • Campus Computer Store will be hosting an e-waste drive. TBD

  • April 23, 5:30 to 7 pm, Zero Waste Hero Workshop, San Jacinto MultiPurpose Room 

Thank UT Austin's Stewards of Campus

Compiled by Kristin Phillips, Communications Coordinator, Office of Sustainability