NC State University’s month-long emphasis on the planet, sustainability and how you can make the world a better place. Earth Month is hosted by NC State’s Sustainability Council and University Sustainability Office and sponsored by NC State Campus Enterprises.

Earth Month Events

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Preview Event: The NILE Project

March 15-21, NC State University
The NILE Project proceeds Earth Month with a series of arts events focused on sustainability. Learn more >>>

Great State Clean Up

April 1, 9 am – 1 pm, NC State Carmichael Recreation Center
Help beautify campus for spring. More details >>>
Sponsored by Service Raleigh, NC State Waste Reduction and Recycling, and University Sustainability Office

Service Raleigh

April 1, 7:45 am – 1:30 pm, Locations Vary
Many sustainability-related service opportunities are available at this annual day of service organized by NC State students. Learn more >>>
Sponsored by Student Government, IRC, Goodnight Scholars and Park Scholars

Pollinator Habitat Rebuilding

April 1, 9 am – Noon, SOUL Garden on Centennial Campus
At this Service Raleigh event, volunteers will be cleaning and rebuilding SOUL Garden after Hurricane Matthew damage last year, as well as adding a pollinator habitat.
This is one of several events that are part of the student-organized Pollinator Education Week

Raulston Blooms!

April 1, 9 am–4 pm, JC Raulston Arboretum
Fun for the whole family! Enjoy gourmet treats, shop for your garden and enter the birdhouse competition for all ages. This early-spring event reaches out to members, home gardeners, families and children—offering a day packed with garden and nature activities, shopping and outdoor fun. Includes birdhouse competition and plant sale. Learn more >>>
Sponsored by JC Raulston Arboretum

Tomato Growing 101

April 1, 10 am – 4 pm, NC State Agroecology Education Farm
Learn from the professionals all the tricks of the tomato-growing trade. Learn more >>>
Sponsored by NC State’s Agroecology Education Farm and the Well-Fed Community Garden

Zero Waste At The Kay Yow Spring Game

April 1, Time TBD, NC State Carter-Finley Stadium
As the Wolfpack gathers to watch the men’s football team face off in the annual Spring Game, volunteers will help interact, educate and assist fans in sorting waste through composting and recycling. Sign up to volunteer >>>
Sponsored by NC State Waste Reduction and Recycling

Kayaking on Jordan Lake

April 2, 9 am – 6 pm, Meet at Carmichael Rec Center
View wildlife like bald eagles and osprey while kayaking along this 14,000-acre reservoir. Cost is $35, which includes transportation, equipment, lunch and instruction. No experience is necessary. Open only to NC State students. Learn more >>>
Sponsored by University Recreation Outdoor Adventures (contact by email)

JC Raulston Arboretum Guided Tour

Sundays in April , 2 pm, JC Raulston Arboretum
Learn about the Arboretum’s plants, people, history, future and mission in a one-hour guided walk through the Arboretum’s collections and gardens. Learn more >>>
Sponsored by JC Raulston Arboretum

Pollinator Themed Lunch

April 3, 11 am – 1 pm, Fountain Dining Hall
Learn about pollinators and their impact on food.
This is one of several events that are part of the student-organized Pollinator Education Week

Presentation: Photographer Todd Pusser

April 3, 3:30 pm, Witherspoon Campus Cinema
Award-winning photographer Todd Pusser is a lifelong resident of North Carolina producing a book about the biodiversity of his home state.  Trained as a biologist, his travels have taken him to more than 30 countries and his work has been featured in magazines such as BBC Wildlife, National Wildlife, National Geographic Kids and Natural History.
This event is co-sponsored by University Scholars and WISE

New Student Dinner Discussions: Food and Justice for All

April 3, 6 – 7 pm,  Talley Student Union’s Cultural Hearth
Enjoy casual conversation around one of today’s most relevant issues. Each discussion will be guided by an NC State faculty member and open to a small group of first-year students. Dinner is provided at no cost to students. Learn more and register >>>
Sponsored by New Student Programs

North Carolina’s Coastal Conference

April 4 – 5, McKimmon Center and N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences’ Natural Research Center
Weather, climate, health of communities and ecosystems, planning, economics and more are on the agenda at this state-wide conference. Learn More >>>
Sponsored by the NC Sea Grant

Wild Pollinator Safari

Tuesday, April 4, 4 pm, JC Raulston Arboretum
NC State students will help children identify bugs living in the Arboretum’s many outdoor gardens. To volunteer, contact Ryan Lumsden.
This is one of several events that are part of the student-organized Pollinator Education Week

Earth Month Signature Event: Earth Fair on the Brickyard

April 5, 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. Learn more >>>
Sponsored by University Sustainability Office

Pollinator Festival

April 5, 10 am – 4 pm, Brickyard
As part of NC State’s Earth Fair, several demos, exhibits and displays will educate about the importance of pollinators.
This is one of several events that are part of the student-organized Pollinator Education Week

Textile Sustainability Forum

April 5, 4 – 6:30 pm, Hunt Library
Featuring speakers from apparel companies such as Hanes Brands and Patagonia. The speakers will discuss how the textile and apparel industry can move toward a more sustainable future and how their companies are currently make a difference. Learn More and RSVP >>>
Sponsored by the Greater Good Textile Group

Department of Landscape Architecture 10th Annual Charles H. Burger Memorial Lecture

April 5, 6 – 7 pm, Burns Auditorium of Kamphoefner Hall
Featuring Brian Davis, an assistant professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture at Cornell University. His research and teaching is part of the emerging field of fluvio-urban morphology; the study of form and process of rivers and cities, and the way they are related. He focuses on urban river systems throughout the Americas through both theoretical and technical research methods. His background and current work center on the overlap of urban design, water infrastructure, and public space.
Sponsored by the Department of Landscape Architecture

Bee Downtown Benefit

April 6, 5 – 9 pm, Chipotle on Hillsborough Street
Chipotle will donate a portion of its evening revenues to Bee Downtown, a pollinator-focused nonprofit founded and operated by an NC State alumna.
This is one of several events that are part of the student-organized Pollinator Education Week

NCSU Dance Company Concert

April 6 and 7, 8 – 10 pm, Stewart Theatre in Talley Student Union
The NCSU Dance Company – an academic dance company of NC State performing modern dance works – will premiere a multi-section dance theatre piece The Storm that will lead the audience through an engaging journey of a young woman facing a storm. Includes issues of water, wellness, diversity and climate. Learn more >>>
Sponsored by NC State Dance Program

Coffee & Viz: Use of Immersive Virtual Environments

April 7, 9:30-10:45 am, Teaching and Visualization Lab at James B. Hunt Library
Perver Baran and Payam Tabrizian from NC State’s Center for Geospatial Analytics will describe how Immersive Virtual Environments (IVE) is being used to research topics spanning from the perception of safety in an urban park to identifying the most aesthetically appealing landscapes for agritourism planning purposes. Learn more >>>
Sponsored by NCSU Libraries

A/V Geeks at the Hunt Library – The Last Time We Were Green

April 7, 6 – 7 pm, Teaching and Visualization Lab at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library
NC State alumnus and founder of A/V Geeks Skip Elsheimer will be joined by NC State’s Dr. Bob Patterson, professor of crop science, to screen and discuss archival films that investigate the last time we tried to be ecologically friendly. Learn more >>>
Sponsored by NCSU Libraries

Find Yourself, Outside: Hiking at Raven Rock

April 8, 9 am – 5 pm, Meet at Carmichael Rec Center
Let nature help you in discovering your inner self. Participate in stress management discussions, personal wellness strategies, and learning how nature can help you to become your best self while enjoying great views of the Cape Fear River, waterfalls, and the massive Raven Rock. Cost is $10, which includes transportation, lunch and trip leaders. No experience is necessary. Open only to NC State students. Learn more >>>
Sponsored by Counseling Center and University Recreation Outdoor Adventures (contact by email)

Live and Local: Spring Fest

April 8, 12 – 8 pm, Hillsborough Street (near NC State’s campus)
This annual spring music and art event features sustainability-related exhibits and even a bike valet, so skip the car and ride your bike to this free event. Learn more >>>
Sponsored by  Hillsborough Street Community Service Corporation

N.C. Environmental Justice Symposium

April 8, 1 – 5 pm, Park Shops
A student-led event featuring presentations and panelists exploring environmental justice issues in North Carolina. Learn more >>>
Sponsored by African American Cultural Center, Multicultural Student Affairs, NC State Stewards and Environmental Sciences Academic Program

Wild Edibles Hike with Piedmont Picnic Project

April 9, 1 – 4 pm, Meet at Carmichael Rec Center
Take an afternoon wild history walk through Anderson Point Park and learn foraging basics. You’ll learn how to identify a list of specific edible plants and a slew of local history to go along with our very special locale. Cost is $10, which includes transportation, lunch and trip leaders. No experience is necessary. Open only to NC State students. Learn more >>>
Sponsored by University Recreation Outdoor Adventures (contact by email)

Poverty, Inc. Screening

April 10, 6 – 8 pm Talley Student Union Room 3222
Fighting poverty is big business, but who profits more? Drawing from over 200 interviews filmed in 20 countries, Poverty, Inc. unearths an uncomfortable side of charity we can no longer ignore. Learn More >>>
Sponsored by CSLEPS’ Leaders For Change Film Series

Gregg Museum Trip to Bayer Bee Center

April 11, 2 pm, Bayer Bee Care Center, 2 TW Alexander Dr., Research Triangle Park, NC
Registration is required for this Gregg Museum-sponsored trip to the Bayer Bee Care Center. Due to a generous grant that Bayer awarded NC State’s Department of Horticultural Science, students were given the opportunity to design a pollinator garden for the new Gregg Museum. Register via email for additional event details>>>
Sponsored by NC State’s Gregg Museum

B the Change: Benefit Corporations as a Force for Good in the World

April 11, 5:30 – 7:30 pm, Elon University
Learn about the B Corp movement in North Carolina and how B Corps are having a positive impact in the world. Carpools will be organized from NC State to Elon. Registration is capped at 30 Elon students and 30 NC State University students, so register today.
Sponsored by Elon University Doherty Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, the NC State University Poole College Business Sustainability Collaborative and Elon University’s Student Professional Development Center

State Energy Conference

April 11-12, McKimmon Center
The State Energy Conference provides actionable insight into the business of energy, connecting technical innovation, diverse resources and industry opportunity to help drive North Carolina’s regional energy economy forward with national impact. Registration is required >>>

Cleantech Connect Career Fair

April 12, 3 – 5 pm, McKimmon Center
The Cleantech and Energy Career Fair is focused on providing employers with a platform to promote job opportunities and career information to skilled professionals, job seekers and students seeking internships. Learn more >>>
Sponsored by Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster and Work in the Triangle

City Nature Challenge Campus Walk

April 13, Noon – 1 pm, Rocky Branch Trail (on Morrill Dr. across from Miller Field)
Join us for a campus nature walk led by urban ecologist Madhu Katti of NC State’s Forestry and Environmental Resources department. You will see plants and wildlife, take pictures using your own phone, and learn how to use iNaturalist to contribute data to the  Wolfpack Citizen Science Challenge. Learn more >>>
Sponsored by NCSU Libraries, College of Sciences, College of Natural Resources, Leadership in Public Science Cluster and NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Building the Global Change Community Seminar Series

April 13, 3:30-4:30 pm, David Clark Labs Room 101
NC State’s Sankar Arumugam (Dept of Construction and Civil Engineering) presents on “Utilizing Climate Information for Improving Water, Energy and Ecological Management.”
Sponsored by the Center for Human Health and the Environment and the Southeast Climate Science Center

Spring Holiday Backpacking to Linville Gorge

April 14 – 16, 6 am – 7 pm, Meet at Carmichael Rec Center
Spend three days backpacking at Linville Gorge in the Pisgah National Forest. Experience spectacular views, great rock formations and lots of fantastic opportunities to see wildlife. Cost is $35 and includes transportation, meals, equipment and instruction. No experience is necessary. Open only to NC State students. Learn more >>>
Sponsored by University Recreation Outdoor Adventures (contact by email)

Design an Herb Garden at SOUL Garden

April 15, 10:30 am – Noon, SOUL Garden
Help design an herb garden at NC State’s SOUL (Students for Organic, United Living) Garden on Centennial Campus. Learn more and email SOUL Garden to RSVP >>>
Sponsored by SOUL Garden

Free Expression Tunnel Painting

April 17, 6 – 8 pm, Free Expression Tunnel
Paint the NC State free expression tunnel in honor of Earth Day. Paint and supplied provided.
Sponsored by the NC State Stewards and EcoVillage

Global Engagement Exposition

April 18, 11 am – 1 pm, Talley Student Union Piedmont/Mountains Ballroom
The Global Engagement Exposition celebrates achievements in international education at NC State. The event features an awards ceremony, poster session, networking and lunch. Learn more >>>
Sponsored by NC State International Affairs

Arc at Talley Student Union

April 18, 3:30 pm, Talley Student Union Lobby
Talley Student Union will be LEED certified — twice! This event is the public unveiling of the new Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Operations and Maintenance award using “arc,” an interactive graphic software tool that transparently displays and benchmarks building sustainability performance.
Sponsored by Campus Enterprises and US Green Building Council North Carolina

“Who Cares?” Film Screening

April 18, 5:30 – 7:30 pm, Caldwell Room G111
“Who Cares?”, a documentary featuring 18 social entrepreneurs and their quest to change the world. This film is a superb example of sustainability in action, showcasing how someone can see a problem, decide to do something about it, and make a change to better their communities. Drink and snacks provided. Learn more >>>
Sponsored by the Institute for Nonprofits

Entrepreneurship in Local Agriculture Panel Discussion

Tuesday, April 18, 7 pm, Park Shops 210
This panel will bring together local experts and entrepreneurs to discuss their experiences with starting their own business and the benefits and challenges of locally sourcing their product.
Sponsored by the Campus Farmer’s Market Club

Women in Science Speaker Series: Dr. Toddi Steelman

April 19, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm, Biltmore Hall Room 2010
Dr. Toddi Steelman is professor and executive director for the School of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Saskatchewan. Learn more >>>
Sponsored by the College of Natural Resources

Celebration of NC State Sustainability

April 20, 9:30 am, Talley Student Union Mountains Ballroom
A celebration of campus sustainability achievements and the year’s most outstanding contributors to advancing sustainability at NC State. Register >>>
Sponsored by the NC State Sustainability Council and Coca-Cola

Seminar: Food and Water: The Inseparables

April 20, 3:30 – 4:30 pm, David Clark Labs Room 101
Featuring speaker Dr. Kate Brauman of the University of Minnesota’s Global Water Initiative.
Sponsored by the Southeast Climate Science Center

Farm Feast

April 20, 4:30 – 8:30 pm, Outside of Fountain Dining Hall
A bountiful feast of local, sustainable food all hailing from the Carolinas.
Sponsored by NC State Dining

Alumni Perspectives: Changing the World One Carpet Tile At A Time

April 20, 5:30 – 6:30 pm, Talley Student Union Room 4140
2015 NC State graduate in Environmental Sciences Jarami Bond is the Sustainability Manager for Interface Inc., the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial carpet tiles. He will speak about his company’s mission zero and climate take back efforts, as well as personal advice on career success and global impact.
Sponsored by Environmental Sciences Academic Program

Lulu eGames LIVE

April 20, 6 – 8 pm, Stewart Theatre in Talley Student Union
For two months, NC State entrepreneurs have been developing their startups for a chance to win $100,000 across six categories of competition. What startups will be launched with this cash investment? Find out during the Lulu eGames LIVE. The competition features a social impact category that recognizes the venture most likely to solve environmental and social challenges. Learn more >>>
Sponsored by the Entrepreneurship Initiative

Earth Day Yoga

April 21, 11 am – Noon, Court of Carolinas
Celebrate Earth Day with a free outdoor yoga flow class taught by instructor Zoe Gobetz. Bring your own mat/towel (if desired).
Sponsored by the NC State Stewards

NC Science Olympiad Expo

Apil 21, 2 – 5 pm, Reynolds Coliseum
NC Science Olympiad aims to attract and retain students interest in STEM fields through hands-on tournaments that include both building and inquiry-based events. The expo allows middle and high school state tournament competitors to relax and learn about applications of STEM before they compete the next day. Open to the public for viewing.
Learn more >>>
Sponsored by NC Science Olympiad

Network and Learn: Sustainability at CREE

April 21, 3 – 4 pm, Carole Johnson Poole Clubhouse
Explore overall trends in the technology manufacturing industry and what sustainability means to CREE. Hear from Elizabeth Tutino, an environmental engineer at CREE, about the practical challenges of integrating sustainability into a complex organization and the successes of CREE’s growing program. Seating is limited. Register online >>>
Sponsored by Net Impact NC State and Poole College of Management’s Business Sustainability Collaborative

Sustainability in Research Seminar with Dr. Richard Newell

April 21, 3:30 – 4:45 pm, Nelson Hall Room 4210
Dr. Richard Newell, President and CEO of Resources for the Future, presents “Valuing Climate Damages: Updating Estimation of the Social Cost of Carbon Dioxide.” Resources for the Future is an independent, nonprofit research organization that improves environmental, energy, and natural resource decision-making through rigorous economic analysis. Learn more >>>
Sponsored by the Poole College Business Sustainability Collaborative

State of the Sciences: Live at the Library

April 21, 6 – 9 pm, James B. Hunt Jr. Library
A fun, family-friendly event in one of NC State’s most iconic buildings. The event will feature activities for all ages, including hands-on science demos, fun and informative science talks, rooftop stargazing with astrophysicists, tours of the library and its technology capabilities, along with food, wine and beer. The event will be part of the North Carolina Science Festival. Learn more >>>
Sponsored by the College of Sciences

Intermediate Mountain Biking at Kerr Scott Trails

April 22, 9 am – 5 pm, Meet at Carmichael Rec Center
Ride through beautiful forested trails and explore this great single track. Cost is $35, which includes equipment and trip leaders (but you are welcome to bring your own mountain bike). This is an intermediate trip with some previous technical mountain biking experience required to participate and not recommended for beginners. Open only to NC State students. Learn more >>>
Sponsored by University Recreation Outdoor Adventures (contact by email)

ETHEL’s Documerica

April 22, 8 – 9:30 pm, Stewart Theatre in Talley Student Union
A meditation on America’s relationship to our land, our resources and ourselves, Documerica is a multimedia concert that melds multiple screen video projections with original music by some of today’s top composers. Documerica is performed by the postmodern indie-classical quartet ETHEL. Learn more >>> 
Sponsored by NC State LIVE

Bike Ride to the Farmer’s Market

April 23, 1 – 3 pm, Meet at Carmichael Rec Center
Join us for an afternoon bike ride to the State Farmers Market. Equipment and trip leaders are included as part of this free event. This is a beginner trip, but you must be comfortable riding a bike on the roadways at a moderate pace to participate. Open only to NC State students. Learn more >>>
Sponsored by University Recreation Outdoor Adventures (contact by email)

Raleigh Civic Symphony: A River Runs Through It

April 23, 4 pm, Stewart Theatre in Talley Student Union
In conjunction with NC State Live’s presentation of The Nile Project and the NC State Sustainability Fund, the Raleigh Civic Symphony presents music inspired by rivers and water, including include music from composers Bedrich Smetana and Rufus Reid. A poster session will precede the concert 3 – 4 pm. Concert starts at 4 pm. Tickets: $10 Adults, $8 Seniors, $5 Students, Children Under 12 Free. Learn More>>>
Sponsored by Arts NC State and NC State Sustainability Fund

Research Seminar: Research Strategies for Exploring the Landscape of Environmental Health

April 25, 4-5 pm, Toxicology Building Room 2104
As part of the Toxicology Seminar Series, Rick Woychik of the NIEHS presents.
Sponsored by the Department of Toxicology and the Center for Human Health and the Environment

Rock Climbing at Pilot Mountain

April 29, 6 am – 7 pm, Meet at Carmichael Rec Center
Spend the day climbing at Pilot Mountain State Park, taking in views nature has to offer. Cost is $50, which includes transportation, lunch, equipment and instruction. No experience is necessary. Open only to NC State students. Learn more >>>
Sponsored by University Recreation Outdoor Adventures (contact by email)

Pack N Give

Begins late April, 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