The Office of Sustainability is hosting its annual Earth Month celebration from mid-March to late April. Join us and our campus partners in the pursuit of collective action for climate change and enjoy fun experiences and a renewed sense of community along the way. Opportunities abound, from student-led Earth Talks, a renowned speaker on climate feminism, and ecological citizenship discussion groups to outdoor engagement including daily wellbeing in the Campus Garden, a “Meet the Trees” event, Earth Month banner painting, and Forsyth Creek Week. See the full calendar of events below and check back often for new additions. We can’t wait for you to join us!

Follow the Office of Sustainability on its social media platforms (@SustainableWFU) to stay up to date on all events.


 

2021 EARTH MONTH SCHEDULE

Tree Tags
All Month

Keep an eye out for yellow tags hanging on trees around campus that explain the value of ecosystem services that trees provide, the positive benefits of trees in our landscape, and sentiments from authors about the inestimable value of our beloved trees. Learn why we’re so proud to be recognized as a Tree Campus USA and share your favorite tree tags by tagging @SustainableWFU on social media.

Campus Garden Volunteer Hours
Sundays, March 14 – May 2 from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Weekdays, March 15 – April 16 from 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
WFU Campus Garden (1141 Polo Road)

Come enjoy a hands-on experience in the Campus Garden. Practice the fundamentals of gardening, lead your peers in productive work that helps alleviate hunger, and learn about the connections between regenerative agriculture and climate change. There are opportunities for every experience level! Click here to learn more, including how to sign up.

Plant-Forward Challenge
Starting Monday, March 15 (orientation sessions March 8-12)
Virtual

Are you looking for a new approach to eating healthy? Want to learn how to reduce your environmental impact through food? Curious how a plant-rich diet fits with your lifestyle? Join the Plant-Forward Challenge! Participants have a chance to win great prizes like Hydro Flasks, reusable bags, eco-utensils, and more! Click here to learn more and to register for an orientation session the week of March 8.

OMCC Presents: Elliot Provance
Tuesday, March 16
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm | Virtual
Hosted by the Ocean and Marine Conservation Club

Join the Ocean and Marine Conservation Club in welcoming Elliot Provance, the Director of Living Collections and Exhibitions at Discovery Place Science in Charlotte, NC. Provance will speak about his work as a director and aquatic works consultant. Register here.

Community Event: Environmental Journalism in NC
Tuesday, March 16
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm | Virtual
Hosted by North Carolina Humanities

Come learn how journalism and the humanities help foster an informed citizenry. This panel of journalists will examine and discuss their experiences of reporting on natural disasters and environmental issues in North Carolina. The panel will explore how we get information and build narratives about environmental disasters. Register here.

Meet the Trees
Friday, March 19
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm | Manchester Plaza Fireside Pods #3 and #4

Celebrate Arbor Day with University Arborist Jim Mussetter! Interact with tree trunk and tree limb samples to explore the differences between deciduous and evergreen trees and learn all about the various tree species on the quad. Come with a sense of curiosity and wonder and leave full of knowledge and appreciation for the gentle giants that surround us on campus. Sign up for a 30-minute session at 3:00, 3:45, or 4:30.

Campus Garden Spring Kickoff Movie: The Biggest Little Farm
Saturday, March 20
7:30 pm | WFU Campus Garden (1141 Polo Road)

Come celebrate the spring equinox by watching a movie under the stars! We’ll be screening The Biggest Little Farm, a film chronicling the eight-year quest of a pair who trade city living for 200 acres of barren farmland and a dream to harvest in harmony with nature. Register in advance on The Link.

Forsyth Creek Week
Saturday, March 20 – Sunday, March 28
Hosted by Forsyth Creek Week

Water is a vital and finite resource for all living creatures, including all of us in Forsyth County. Creek Week helps us “connect the dots” between quality of life and the health of creeks and streams, not only as a water source, but as a source of recreation and aesthetic pleasure. This year’s Creek Week offers a mix of virtual and limited attendance, socially distanced events that allow residents to appreciate, enjoy, and protect our creeks and streams. Learn more here.

Bike Tune-Ups on the Quad
Wednesday, March 24
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm | Hearn Plaza
Hosted by Outdoor Pursuits

Bring your bike to the upper quad to make sure it’s in tip-top shape. Our very own bike gurus from Outdoor Pursuits will be on hand to help with minor repairs and routine maintenance.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Climate Feminism: To Change Everything, We Need Everyone
with Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson

Wednesday, March 24
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm | Virtual
Hosted by the Office of Sustainability and the Women’s Center

The Office of Sustainability and the Women’s Center are thrilled to bring an inspiring voice to our campus this spring—Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson. Dr. Johnson is a leading voice in the climate conversation and co-editor of the new anthology All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis, a powerful collection of writings by women spanning backgrounds, approaches, and generations at the forefront of the climate movement. Click here to learn more and to register for this highly anticipated event.

SIGNATURE EVENT: Earth Month Banner Painting
Thursday, March 25 & Friday, March 26

3:00 pm – 7:00 pm | Tribble Courtyard

Grab some friends and create a banner displaying your love for the Earth. Student organizations, offices, and departments are encouraged to register together. All materials will be provided and completed banners will be displayed on Hearn Plaza during Earth Month. We have a limited number of banners available, so reserve your group’s spot today!

Provide and Thrive  
Thursday, March 25
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm | WFU Campus Garden (1141 Polo Road)
Hosted by the Office of Sustainability, Intercultural Center, and Office of Wellbeing

Come out to the Campus Garden and learn how the environment can positively impact our wellbeing with a focus on three topics: biodiversity, the interconnectedness between all organisms and non-living elements, and the health benefits of being outdoors. Examine organisms in the soil, work on continuing projects around the garden (such as the rain gardens), and enjoy a 5-minute meditation. Register here.

Seeds of Renewal: Faith-based and Indigenous Leadership on Climate Justice
Thursday, March 25
7:00 pm | Virtual
Hosted by the School of Divinity

Nikki Cooley will share and discuss the spiritual and intimate relationship Indigenous people have and are still trying to maintain with human and non-human relatives on Mother Earth and Father Sky. She serves as co-manager for the Tribes and Climate Change Program at the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) and is of the Diné (Navajo) Nation. Dekila Chungyalpa will discuss her work doing faith-based organizing for the environment. Originally from the Himalayan state of Sikkim in India and the daughter of a Tibetan Buddhist nun and teacher, Chungyalpa is Founder and Director of the Loka Initiative at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Click here for full event, speaker, and registration information.

Parsley for Passover
Friday, March 26
5:00 pm | Fireside on Manchester, Pod 4
Hosted by Hillel, Jewish Life, and the Office of Sustainability

Come get a free parsley plant, a symbolic herb in the Passover Seder. Learn how to help your plant thrive and give it a personal, decorative touch. On May 2, students will be invited to return their parsley plants to the Campus Garden and plant them for next year’s celebration of Passover. All are welcome.

Community Event: American Roots in Art and Ecology
Sunday, March 28
3:00 pm | Virtual
Hosted by Reynolda House Museum of American Art

Explore how art and conservation contribute to our American identity during this virtual panel discussion alongside art historian Maggie Cao, a Wake Forest University biodiversity scholar; local environmental activist Jamie Maier; and a surprise living artist featured in the exhibition. The panelists will foster a deeper understanding of Cross Pollination’s “roots” in American art while simultaneously tackling regional environmental challenges of the twenty-first century. Attendees will have the opportunity to submit questions for a lively panelist discussion following the formal presentation. Click here to register.

Ecological Citizenship Discussion Group
Tuesdays: March 30, April 6, April 13, & April 20
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm | WFU Campus Garden (1141 Polo Road)
Hosted by the Program for Leadership & Character

Good citizens belong to and take responsibility for their community. Good ecological citizens draw the circle of belonging and responsibility wider. They care for non-human life, and they pay special attention to “fenceline communities,” people closely impacted by environmental harms. This discussion group will give students opportunities to develop the skills, perspectives, and virtues of ecological citizenship. Register here.

OMCC Film Screening: Mission Blue
Tuesday, March 30
7:30 pm | WFU Campus Garden (1141 Polo Road)
Hosted by the Ocean and Marine Conservation Club

Join the Ocean and Marine Conservation Club as they screen Mission Blue under the stars at the Campus Garden. Bring blankets or chairs, snack on some popcorn, and learn about the life and work of marine biologist, oceanographer, and environmentalist Sylvia Earle. Register here.

They Say It Can’t Be Done: Live Webinar with Q&A
Wednesday, March 31
5:00 pm | Virtual
Hosted by the WFUSB Graduate Service Coalition, WFUSB Integrative Student Services, and the WFUSB Center for the Study of Capitalism

Join moderator and Executive Director of WFU’s Center for the Study of Capitalism, Dr. Christina Elson, as she leads the discussion on optimism, innovation, and constraints with five distinguished principals from WFU and the film: Patrick Reasonover, Producer, They Say It Can’t Be Done and CSC Outreach Affiliate; Dr. Anthony Atala and Dr. Julie Allickson, Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM); Brandon Barney, Co-founder, Primary Ocean; and Dr. Stan Meiburg, Director, WFU Graduate Programs in Sustainability. Click here to learn about the event. Register for the webinar and you’ll receive a link to view the film prior to the event.

Clean Green Hygiene Spring Challenge
Sunday, April 4 – Friday, April 9

Hygiene is important, but it doesn’t have to be wasteful. Reduce your impact by taking the Clean Green Hygiene Spring Challenge and compete for the chance to win a variety of low-waste toiletry items. You’ll learn how easy it can be to switch to products that are better for the environment and, in many cases, better for you as well. Simply follow @SustainableWFU on Instagram, fill out a quick registration form, and check Instagram regularly for your daily challenge beginning April 4.

OMCC Speaker Series: Dr. David E. Guggenheim
Tuesday, April 6
6:30 pm | Virtual
Hosted by the Ocean and Marine Conservation Club

Join the Ocean and Marine Conservation Club as they host Dr. David E. Guggenheim, founder and president of Washington D.C.-based Ocean Doctor. Guggenheim is dedicated to advancing ocean conservation through scientific research, education, and community engagement. He created and oversees Cuba Conservancy and has worked in Cuba for more than 20 years leading collaborative research and conservation efforts. Register here.

Plant-Forward Pop-Up
Wednesday, April 14
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm | Fireside on Manchester, Pods 3 & 4
Hosted by Harvest Table Culinary Group, the Office of Wellbeing, and the Office of Sustainability

Stop by the Mag Quad for some plant-forward fun! Did you know that plant-rich diets are one of the top three solutions to climate change, as ranked by Project Drawdown? Come learn how prioritizing more plant-based foods can help reduce your carbon footprint, water footprint, and land footprint all at the same time. There will be plenty of free plant-forward snacks for you to enjoy!

Outdoor Film: Awake: A Dream from Standing Rock
Thursday, April 15
8:00 pm | WFU Campus Garden (1141 Polo Road)
Hosted by the Office of Civic & Community Engagement and the Office of Sustainability

In 2016, Standing Rock, North Dakota became one of the most watched places on Earth. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe captured world attention through their peaceful resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline, which threatens the drinking water of 18 million people and Indigenous sovereignty. Awake: A Dream from Standing Rock captures the story of the Native-led defiance that forever changed how we fight for clean water, our environment and the future of our planet. Register here.

Holding Up the Mirror to Nature
Friday, April 16 – Sunday, April 25
Virtual
Hosted by WFU Theatre

This video production aims to point to examples of how theatre, both past and present, holds the
mirror up to nature and, more specifically, how it has illustrated and responded theatrically to
environmental crises and the human beings responsible. The film will be available on the department’s website (theatre.wfu.edu) from April 16-25.

Virtual Piedmont Earth Day Fair
Monday, April 19 – Friday, April 23
Hosted by Piedmont Environmental Alliance

Join Piedmont Environmental Alliance for a special week-long Virtual Piedmont Earth Day Fair filled with videos, programs, and activities for everyone to celebrate, learn about, and get more connected to local environmental action. Learn more here.

SIGNATURE EVENT: 8th Annual Champions of Change Campus Sustainability Awards
Monday, April 19
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm | Reynolda Hall Green Room

Join us in recognizing the work of those who have enhanced the culture of sustainability at Wake Forest at the eighth annual Champions of Change: Campus Sustainability Awards ceremony. Students, faculty, and staff will be recognized in a variety of categories, including Resource Conservation, Academics and Engagement, Service and Social Action, Bright Ideas, and more. Due to gathering size restrictions, this year’s event will be invitation only. Winners will be recognized publicly through social media and on the Office of Sustainability’s website, where you can learn more about past winners as well.

Outdoor Film: The Garden
Wednesday, April 21
8:00 pm | WFU Campus Garden (1141 Polo Road)

An Academy Award nominated documentary, The Garden is an engaging and powerful look at the famous political and social battle over the largest community garden in the U.S. The film shows how the politics of power and greed (backroom deals, land developing, green politics, money) tragically intersect with working class families who rely on this communal garden for their livelihood. And it raises crucial and challenging questions about liberty, equality, and justice for the poorest and most vulnerable citizens. Register here.

SIGNATURE EVENT: Earth Talks
Thursday, April 22
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm | Pugh Auditorium

Come for the talks and stay for the free food! Hear from your fellow Deacs as they share their knowledge, passions, opinions, and research on a variety of sustainability topics. Each brief session will be student-led and presented in the style of a TED Talk, with opportunities for Q&A and interaction to follow. Dinner will be served during intermission. This event will also be livestreamed. Register here.

Moravian Medicinal Plants of Wachovia
Monday, April 26
3:00 pm | Virtual

Cameron Munley, a senior majoring in Environment and Sustainability Studies, will discuss her internship project, entitled “Celebrating Aspects of Local Cultural and Natural Heritage: Moravian Medicinal Plants of Wachovia.” She will highlight aspects of Moravian history in the Winston-Salem area, Moravian botany, and Moravian medicinal practice. Additionally, she will talk about the current medicinal garden in Bethabara and several examples of Moravian medicinal plants, along with her experience adding varieties of medicinal plants to the garden at Bethania. Come learn more about the rich natural and cultural heritage of our area! Register here.

OMCC Speaker Series: Jack Fishman
Tuesday, April 27
6:30 pm | Virtual
Hosted by the Ocean and Marine Conservation Club

Join the Ocean and Marine Conservation Club as they host Jack Fishman, Community Conservation Officer of Project AWARE. Project AWARE is the sister non-profit to PADI, the world’s leading scuba training organization. Fishman’s goals are to make marine conservation more accessible and to inspire others outside of coastal areas to take action and make a difference. Register here.