NC State University’s month-long emphasis on the planet, sustainability and how you can make the world a better place.

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Events are being planned now and will be added here as event details are available. Hosting a sustainability-related event in April? Apply to have it included in Earth Month

Plant Walk Fridays
Fridays in April, Meet at the Belltower at 2 p.m.
Nothing says Happy Friday like getting outdoors in beautiful weather. Every Friday in April you can meet NC State’s most interesting plants on guided nature walks that tell-all about the wonders of the plant kingdom on campus.
Sponsored and led by NC State Stewards

Rubbage Ride
March 28, 8:30 am – 1 pm, Carmichael Gym
Clean up campus while riding your bike!  As a part of Service Raleigh and in coordination with the Great American Clean-Up, NC State University hosts the 6th Annual Rubbage Ride during which participants travel campus and the surrounding community by bike, picking up litter and beautifying campus along the way. Prizes and a free lunch are included. Register >>>

College of Vet Medicine Open House
March 28, 9 am – 3 pm, CVM Campus
This family-friendly event explores the “One Health” concept, which recognizes that the health of the environment influences the health of people and all animals. One Health is of great interest to doctors, public health officials, veterinarians — anyone, in fact, who is concerned with healthy life on a healthy planet. Learn what the concept means to you and your family while gaining an insider’s view into one of the nation’s top veterinary programs.

Tai Chi at Lunchtime
Every Tuesday from March 31 – May 19, 12 – 1 pm, Court of North Carolina
Exercise your mind and body during lunch while also learning about Chinese culture, breathing techniques, and Tai Chi from Confucius Institute professor Tang Xiaozhong. Cost is $30 for eight sessions. Register >>>
Sponsored by the Confucius Institute at NC State

2015 Harrelson Lecture featuring Fabien Cousteau
April 6, 2:30 – 5 p.m., Talley Student Union Ballroom
Fabien Cousteau, grandson of legendary ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau and star of the acclaimed PBS Series Ocean Adventures, will speak on “Oasis In Space: The Great Ocean Adventure.” Cousteau takes audiences on a three-generation journey of contemporary ocean exploration, starting with his grandfather’s first fin steps diving into the “Silent World”, underwater camera housings, and subaquatic habitats. A reception follows the event.

Lunge and Learn
April 7, Noon – 12:45 pm, Carmichael PlayZone
You can be fit even if you spend most of your workday sitting at a desk. Come learn ways to workout while you work with simple exercises from University Recreation. Come as you are; no special workout equipment or clothes are needed for this class. Space is limited, so reserve your spot now >>>
Sponsored by University Recreation, Staff Senate and University Sustainability Office

Norman Borlaug Lecture Series
April 8, 2:30-4 pm, Witherspoon Student Center Room 126
Featuring Dr. Thomas Lumpkin of the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center and NC State’s Dr. George Kennedy.
Sponsored by CALS

Poole College Wells Fargo Lecture: Lynn Good, CEO, Duke Energy
April 8, 4:30 – 5:30 pm, Nelson Hall 3400
Lynn Good has led the largest electric utility in the United States since July 2013. Duke Energy now serves approximately 21 million people in the Southeast and Midwest.
Sponsored by Poole College of Management

Rethinking Food Systems
April 9, 7 – 9 pm, AIA NC Center for Architecture & Design at 14 E Peace St, Raleigh
A night for students to come together, share ideas, forge cross disciplinary relations and present their work on local food systems issues and design.
Sponsored by Community Food Lab

Wastelands and Wilderness: Nuclear Lands
April 10, 1:30 – 3 pm, Hunt Library Auditorium
Peter Galison of Harvard University will talk on his recent research and documentary film project that examines U.S. nuclear materials management and disposal in the United States and in the context of the Fukushima nuclear accident.
Co-sponsored by Communication, Rhetoric, & Digital Media Program; Dept. of Communication; Dept. of History; Dept. of Philosophy & Religious Studies; Genetic Engineering & Society Center; Interdisciplinary Studies; Kenan Institute for Engineering, Technology & Science; Science, Technology & Society Program; Triangle Institute for Security Studies; Women’s & Gender Studies Program

Earth Day Planter
April 11, Drop in anytime 10 am – Noon, NC State Agroecology Farm
Join us at the farm to build your own container garden out of recycled materials.
Sponsored by NC State Agroecology Farm

Kay Yow Spring Football Game
April 11, 1 pm
Why is this an Earth Month event, you ask? Because while the Pack takes the turf, a team of volunteers will be recycling and composting inside the stadium so that landfill waste is kept to a minimum.
Composting efforts sponsored by NC State’s Waste Reduction and Recycling

Global Engagement Exposition
April 14, 11:30-1:30 pm, NC State University Club
Explore NC State’s achievements in international research, teaching/scholarship, extension, engagement and economic development. Free and open to the public. RSVP required.
Sponsored by Office of International Affairs

Water Resource Impacts During Unconventional Shale Gas Development with Hydrofracking: The Pennsylvania Experience
April 15 at 3:30 pm, 2215 Williams Hall
As part of the annual Willie Woltz lecture series, Dr. Sue Brantley (Director of Earth and Environmental Sciences Institute and professor of geosciences at Penn State University) will be speak. Light refreshments served 30 minutes before lecture.
Sponsored by NC State Graduate Student Association and Soil Science Graduate Student Association

Drilling to Explore the Transformation of Bedrock into Soil in the Deep Critical Zone
April 16, at 11:30 AM, 2223 Williams Hall
Dr. Sue Brantley, Director of Earth and Environmental Sciences Institute and professor of geosciences at Penn State University, is the speaker. Light refreshments served 30 minutes before lecture.
Sponsored by NC State Graduate Student Association and Soil Science Graduate Student Association

Movie Screening: Disruption
April 16, 7 pm, Withers Hall Room 140
A movie (view trailer) exploring the issues surrounding climate change.  A Q&A with Naomi Oreskes of Harvard follows the movie.
Sponsored by NC State’s History Department, SE Climate Science Center and the Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Department

2015_green_brick_logoGreen Brick Awards Recognition Breakfast
April 17, 10 am
A celebration of campus sustainability achievements and the year’s most outstanding contributors to advancing sustainability at NC State. By invitation only.
Sponsored by the Campus Environmental Sustainability Team

Climate Change Science: Whom Do We Trust?
April 18, 10 am, 232A Withers Hall
Harvard University’s Naomi Oreskes will share a science historian’s perspective on climate change science. Oreskes, a professor in Harvard’s Department of the History of Science, focuses her research on earth and environmental sciences, with a particular interest in understanding scientific consensus and dissent.
Sponsored by NC State’s Department of History and College of Sciences

April 18, 2 pm
A fun, alley-cat style bike race around the city of Raleigh with proceeds benefiting WESA and other environmental organizations.
Sponsored by Wolfpack Environmental Student Organization

Day Hike and Yoga at Eno River State Park, NC
April 19, Depart campus at 9 am and return at approximately 4 pm
As finals stress hits full force, come join us on this relaxing adventure, centering yourself through yoga at this beautiful outdoor location and learning about the local ecology and animal life at the Eno. Register in person at the Outdoor Adventures desk in Carmichael Recreation Center. Price is $30 which includes guided hike, transportation and 1-hour yoga session.
Sponsored by University Recreation’s Outdoor Adventures program

Spring Fling
April 19, Drop in anytime 2 – 7 pm, NC State Agroecology Farm
Celebrate the return of spring. Come on out for a Sunday “Fun” Day at the farm with a seed swap, vegetable transplants for sale, farm Olympics, wild edible walk, music, farm tours, and crafts. All ages welcome.
Sponsored by NC State Agroecology Farm

Earth Month Walk
April 20, 12:15 – 12:45 pm, Meet at Hunt Library’s Common Grounds Coffee Shop
Start your week off right by exploring the outdoor trails of Centennial Campus on this guided 2-mile group walk. Register >>>
Sponsored by University Recreation, Staff Senate, University Sustainability Office and NC State Transportation

The Game of Life
April 20, Drop in anytime 5 – 8 pm, Talley Student Union’s Hatteras/Ocracoke room
This event will bring North Carolina environmental justice issues to light. During “The Game of Life,” participants will be assigned a region of North Carolina upon entry. You will visit a series of tables where peer educators will relate different issues (food security, air quality, etc.) to your region. This interactive exhibit takes approximately 20 minutes to experience.
Sponsored by Fossil Free and the NC State Stewards

The Genius of Earth Day: How a 1970 Teach-In Created the First Green Generation
April 20, 5:30 – 7 pm, Park Shops 201
Acclaimed historian Adam Rome offers a compelling account of the rise of the environmental movement. Drawing on his experience as a journalist as well as his expertise as a scholar, he explains why the first Earth Day was so powerful, bringing one of the greatest political events of the twentieth century to life.
Sponsored by Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources, Department of History, Southeast Climate Science Center

Faith and Sustainability
April 20, 7 pm, Park Shops 200
Does faith motivate environmental sustainability? How does what you believe impact how you treat the planet? Come explore these
questions with a panel discussion including representatives from Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhist philosophies and Atheism.
Sponsored by the Chaplains Cooperative Ministry, Earth Month planning committee and Staff Senate

Lunch and Learn with Caterpillar
April 21, Noon – 1 pm, SCRC 213 (directly across Hillsborough Street from Nelson Hall)
Matthew Drown, Supply Chain Planning Engineer for Caterpillar, speaks about sustainability at Caterpillar. RSVP requested >>>
Sponsored by NC State’s Net Impact Chapter

State of the Sciences with Madeline Jacobs
April 21, Reception at 5 pm, Lecture starts at 6 pm, SAS Hall room 2203
Dr. Madeleine Jacobs, the former CEO and executive director of the American Chemical Society, the world’s largest scientific group, will address the importance of diversifying the STEM workforce pipeline and supporting underrepresented students in the sciences. RSVP requested.
Sponsored by the College of Sciences

State Energy Conference
April 21-22, McKimmon Center
“Think and Do: Mapping a Sustainable Future for Energy in North Carolina” includes workshop tracks on solar and wind, bioenergy, new opportunities for traditional energy sources, advanced energy technology and innovations, and building energy efficiency. Attendees will benefit from more than 75 expert speakers, receive professional continuing education credits, and network with industry leaders. Registration is required >>>

Sustainable Cinema Free Film Series: Plastic Paradise
April 21, 7 pm, Witherspoon Theater
A screening of Plastic Paradise, an independent film uncovering the great pacific garbage patch. Free refreshments are available. There will be a raffle for brewery swag, personal training and canoe/kayak sessions.
Sponsored by the International Association for Society and Natural Resources

2015_earth_fair_logoEarth Fair
April 22, 10 am – 2 pm, Brickyard
An epic, Earth-focused fair on Earth Day with dozens of exhibits, demonstrations and ideas on how you can make the world a better place. Register for a booth >>>
Sponsored by University Sustainability Office

What Everyone Should Know about Going Public: The Broader Impacts of Citizen Science
April 22, 3:30 – 4:30 pm, Jordan Hall Addition room 3214
Citizen science should be part of the toolbox of natural resource professionals because it can deliver two keys that humanity needs to create a sustainable world: reliable knowledge and social capital. A lecture by Caren B. Cooper, Assistant Director of the Biodiversity Research Lab at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.
Sponsored by NC State Forestry and Environmental Resources

Farm Feast
April 22, 4:30 – 8:30 pm, Outside of Fountain Dining Hall
A bountiful feast of local, sustainable food all hailing from the Carolinas. One of University Dining’s most delicious meals of the year.
Sponsored by University Dining

Pack N Give
Begins April 20, Various locations
The Wolf Pack N Give program diverts the materials often discarded from the large exodus of students at the end of each year. University Housing and NC State’s Waste Reduction and Recycling collaborate to reduce waste during this period. By collecting what would have gone into the landfill, organizing the valuable items, and donating them to local organizations, “re-use” becomes a win-win. More information >>>
Sponsored by Waste Reduction and Recycling and University Housing

Sustainable Cinema Free Film Series: Shored Up
April 28, 7 pm, Witherspoon Theater
A screening of Shored Up, a documentary exploring coastal communities and rising sea levels. Free refreshments and a panel discussion with researchers investigating Pamlico Sound coastal inundation.
Sponsored by the International Association for Society and Natural Resources