Earth Month

April is Earth Month at NC State. This month-long emphasis on the planet, sustainability and how you can make the world a better place is hosted by NC State’s Sustainability Council and University Sustainability Office and sponsored by NC State Campus Enterprises. Earth Month is a month-long series of programs that educate the campus community about sustainability. The purpose of Earth Month is to:

  • Introduce the campus community to sustainability efforts
  • Increase awareness and understanding of sustainability
  • Create opportunities for engagement, actions and activities that further sustainability
  • Encourage event attendees to examine their role in improving sustainability

The University Sustainability Office invites the campus community to submit events for inclusion in NC State’s Earth Month.

Earth Month Events

Monday, April 1

University Global Partnership Network Conference
April 1 – 3 | James B. Hunt Jr. Library
Sustainability, smart cities, one health and global health are some of the major workshop themes at this annual conference. Learn more and register
Sponsored by NC State Global

Forestry and Environmental Resources Seminar
12:50 pm – 1:40 pm | Jordan Hall Room 1216
Topic: Environmental and microbial controls on below-ground carbon cycling in freshwater forested wetlands of coastal North Carolina. Learn more
Sponsored by Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources

NC State Stewards Open House
7 pm – 8 pm | Park Shops Room 215
Learn more about the NC State Stewards student leadership program focused on sustainability.
Sponsored by the NC State Stewards

Tuesday, April 2

Waste Audit
7:30 am – 10:30 am | Sullivan Shops III
Waste audits consist of sorting a sample of the waste-to-landfill materials discarded at a campus building in order to shape future waste reduction programs. Learn more
Sponsored by Waste Reduction and Recycling

Wednesday, April 3

Celebration of NC State Sustainability
9:30 am – 11 am | Talley Student Union Coastal Ballroom
Join NC State in celebrating a year of sustainability accomplishments from recognizing this year’s sustainability progress to announcing winners of NC State’s annual Sustainability Awards. Learn more and RSVP
Sponsored by NC State Sustainability Council and Coca-Cola

Clothing Swap
2 pm – 5 pm | Talley Student Union Room 4280
While swapping clothes, learn how thrifting can help the planet. Learn more
Sponsored by GLBT Center

Thursday, April 4

Energy and Science in Journalism
3 pm – 5 pm | Caldwell Hall Lounge
A conversation with leading energy, environment, and science journalists from across the spectrum of new and traditional media. Learn more
Sponsored by the Sustainable Energy Systems and Policy and Leadership in Public Science faculty clusters

Green Space Is A Social Justice Issue
4 pm – 6 pm | GLBT Center in Talley Student Union
A tour of the Talley Student Union Green Roof will follow a discussion about sustainability, green space and social justice. Learn more
Sponsored by the GLBT Center

Learn to Compost
5 pm – 7 pm | Wolf Ridge Tower Hall Lobby
Learn the how-to’s of composting in residence halls. Visit this info table in Wolf Ridge to kickstart your paper-towel composting program with free supplies.
Sponsored by the Zero Waste Wolves

Friday, April 5

Coffee and Viz: Visualizing Water’s State of Flux
9:30 am – 10:30 am, Teaching and Visualization Lab at James B. Hunt Jr. Library
Water data combined with artistic renderings explore human relationship with water.  Learn more
Sponsored by the NCSU Libraries

Friday Night Farm Campout
3:30 pm on April 5 – Noon on April 6, Agroecology Education Farm
Camp out at NC State’s Agroecology Education Farm, which grows food for NC State Dining. Hike, play, learn and more. Learn more and register by 4/3
Sponsored by NC State Outdoor Adventures

Saturday, April 6

Raulston Blooms!
10 am – 4 pm | JC Raulston Arboretum
JC Raulston Arboretum hosts a day packed with garden and nature activities, shopping and outdoor fun. Learn more
Sponsored by JC Raulston Arboretum

Volunteer Day at NC State Agroecology Education Farm
10 am – 1 pm | 4400 Mid Pines Road, Raleigh
Volunteer at the NC State farm that grows food for NC State’s campus and learn about sustainable farming practices. Learn more
Sponsored by NC State Agroecology Education Farm

Walk To The Farmers Market
10 am – 11:30 am | Meet between Plaza and Grove/Lakeview Halls
Students host a walk for other students to visit the State Farmers Market and learn about local food. Email with any questions
Sponsored by the NC State Stewards

Monday, April 8

Environmental Justice: What Does It Mean For NC and for NC State?
10 am – Noon | Talley Student Union Room 3210
Why is it important for institutions such as NC State to consider environmental justice? What might this look like? Join our discussion to learn more and to participate in constructive dialog. Learn more
Sponsored by OIED, Sustainability Office and College of Natural Resources

Forestry and Environmental Resources Seminar
12:50 pm – 1:40 pm | Jordan Hall Room 1216
Topic: Exploring linkages between terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems through studies of headwater streams in Iowa. Learn more
Sponsored by Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources

Tuesday, April 9

Global Film Series: Bending the Arc
6:30 pm – 8:15 pm | Witherspoon Theatre
A documentary about a team of young people whose charitable medical work 30 years ago ignited a global health movement to ensure healthcare as a right for all. Learn more
Sponsored by NC State Global Health, Global Health Minor and NC State Global

Wednesday, April 10

Save Your Green By Going Green
Noon – 1 pm | Talley Student Union Room 3222
Going green is good for the planet and can also be good for your wallet. The University Sustainability Office shares tips on sustainable actions that can save money. Learn more
This event is part of Financial Literacy Month

Movie Screening: Planet Earth
7 pm – 9 pm | Brickyard
Come and enjoy this FREE picnic style outdoor movie showing of Planet Earth. Bring a lawn blanket or chair and stop by our environmental sticker sale.
Sponsored by Epsilon Eta, NC State’s only honors environmental co-ed fraternity

Thursday, April 11

Farm Feast
4:30 pm – 8 pm | Fountain Dining Hall
It’s one of NC State Dining’s most delicious meals of the year, and it’s all local food. A live band and other activities are also part of this annual event.
Sponsored by NC State Dining

Saturday, April 13

Service Raleigh
Morning (times vary) | Location varies
There are two on-campus sustainability-related service opportunities during this community-wide day of service. Register as a volunteer and request the Great STATE clean up or waste audit as your project.
Sponsored by Service Raleigh

Walk To The Farmers Market
10 am – 11:30 am | Meet between Plaza and Grove/Lakeview Halls
Students host a walk for other students to visit the State Farmers Market and learn about local food. Email with any questions
Sponsored by the NC State Stewards

Afternoon Kayaking Trip To Falls Lake
1 pm – 5 pm
Get outdoors and learn basic paddling skills on nearby Falls Lake. Learn more and register by 4/10
Sponsored by the NC State Outdoor Adventures

Sunday, April 14

Concert and Showcase
3 pm – 4 pm (showcase), 4 pm – 5:30 pm (concert) | Stewart Theatre
The Raleigh Civic Symphony performs a concert of music by female and African-American composers. The showcase, which includes sustainability-related causes, is from 3 – 4 pm in the Stewart Theatre Lobby. Learn more and reserve tickets
Sponsored by Arts NC State

Tuesday, April 16

Craft For A Cause
5 pm – 7:30 pm | Witherspoon Student Center Room 126
Decorate free travel mugs to reduce the waste produced by disposable coffee cups and also learn how to incorporate eco-friendly habits in a well-balanced lifestyle. RSVP
Sponsored by NC State Wellness and Recreation

Wednesday, April 17

Design Build Tour
Noon – 12:45 pm | Outside Syme Residence Hall
What’s it like for a group of students to design and build a sustainable landscape on campus within a single semester? Go behind-the-scenes on this unique tour. Learn more and register
Sponsored by Sustainability Partners

Learn to Compost
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm | Wolf Ridge Tower Hall Lobby
Learn the how-to’s of composting in residence halls. Visit this info table in Wolf Ridge to kickstart your paper-towel composting program with free supplies.
Sponsored by the Zero Waste Wolves

Thursday, April 18

Adaptation Options for Sea Level Rise
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm | David Clark Labs Room 101
The Global Change Fellows have organized a Global Change Seminar Series that deal with themes associated with Sea Level Rise.
Sponsored by Southeast Climate Science Center

Geospatial Forum
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm | Jordan Hall Room 5103
Dr. Nancy Glenn of Boise State University speaks about “Remote Sensing of Drylands: New Sensors, New Opportunities.” Learn more
Sponsored by Center for Geospatial Analytics

Friday, April 19

Spring Holiday Asheville Adventure Trip
April 19 – April 21
Get outdoors and enjoy hiking, camping and whitewater rafting. Learn more and register by 4/11
Sponsored by NC State Outdoor Adventures

Spring Holiday Backpacking Trip
April 19 – April 21
Get outdoors and enjoy backpacking in Pisgah National Forest. Learn more and register by 4/11
Sponsored by NC State Outdoor Adventures

Saturday, April 20

Environmental Justice Symposium
10 am – 4 pm | Talley Student Union Room 4140
Engage with topics of environmental justice through hands-on activities, a documentary screening and inspiring speakers. Learn more and register
Sponsored by the NC State Stewards

Walk To The Farmers Market
10 am – 11:30 am | Meet between Plaza and Grove/Lakeview Halls
Students host a walk for other students to visit the State Farmers Market and learn about local food. Email with any questions
Sponsored by the NC State Stewards

Sunday, April 21

Earth Day Cleanup and Service Day
1 pm – 4 pm | Meet at Park Alumni Center Parking Lot
Help clean up Lake Raleigh and maintain trails for cyclists and pedestrians. Learn more and register
Sponsored by NC State Wellness and Recreation

Monday, April 22

Earth Fair
10 am – 2 pm | Brickyard
Celebrate Earth Day with the Wolfpack. Earth Fair is an Earth-focused fair with exhibits, demonstrations and ideas on how you can make the world a better place. Learn more
Sponsored by NC State Sustainability Office

Centennial Campus Electric Car Show
11 am – 2 pm | Venture Plaza on Main Campus Drive
Celebrate Earth Day with an electric car display, electric car test drives, food trucks and more.
Sponsored by University Real Estate and Development, NC Clean Energy Technology Center and NC State Sustainability Office

Environmental Science Class Lifestyle Change Project
1 pm – 4 pm | Teaching and Visualization Lab at James B. Hunt Jr Library
Students in this course chose one lifestyle change to reduce their ecological footprint. During this drop-in event, they demonstrate the impact of this change with digital media.
Sponsored by Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources

Eastman Social Innovation Showcase
5:30 pm – 7 pm | Park Alumni Center
Features end-of-year presentations and pitches by NC State Social Innovation Fellows. Vote on which team gets an additional $3,000 investment for their venture. RSVP
Sponsored by NC State Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Tuesday, April 23

Net Impact Lunch N Learn
12 pm – 1 pm | Nelson Hall Dean’s Conference Room
A presentation and discussion with Sean Weyrich, an Environmental Engineer and certified Project Management Professional, at John Deere in Fuquay Varina, NC. Learn more
Sponsored by Net Impact

Earth Day, Every Day
1 pm – 4 pm | Teaching and Visualization Lab at James B. Hunt Jr Library
Students in Introduction to Environmental Science (ES 100 – 001) chose one lifestyle change to reduce their ecological footprints. Drop by to see their digital media projects and learn how you can make a difference. 
Sponsored by Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources

Workshop: Navigating Ethics, Leadership, and Sustainability
6 pm – 8 pm | Talley Student Union Room 3285
The interactive workshop explores the intersectionalities of leadership, sustainability, and ethics. Learn more and register
Sponsored by NC State Leadership and Civic Engagement

What Did We Find Living On Our Campus?
6 pm – 7 pm | D.H. Hill Library Fishbowl Forum
Students participating in the project are playing a part in the first scientific study to comprehensively examine the biodiversity of indoor spaces on a college campus. Learn more
Sponsored by NCSU Libraries and Wolfpack Citizen Science Challenge

Wednesday, April 24

Preparing Students to be Managers of Sustainable Farms
3:40 pm – 5 pm | Williams Hall Auditorium (room 2215)
A seminar featuring Dr. John Havlin and Dr. David Jordan of the Crop and Soil Science Department.
Sponsored by NC State’s Department of Crop and Soil Science

Sewing To Save The Earth
7 pm – 8 pm | Talley Student Union Room 4270
Learn how to make reusable cotton rounds (for make-up remover or face wipe) and utensil holders. T-shirt fabric will be available for use or you can also bring your own shirt.
Sponsored by Zero Waste Wolves

Friday, April 26

B Corp Clinic Final Student Presentations
10:30 am – 12:30 pm | The Frontier (400 Park Offices Drive, Raleigh)
The Clinic offers students hands-on consulting experience and the chance to learn about B Corporations, social and environmental impact assessment, and sustainable business models. Learn more and RSVP
Sponsored by NC State Business Sustainability Collaborative

Sunset Canoe Trip on Lake Raleigh
6 pm – 9 pm | Lake Raleigh
Get outdoors and learn basic paddling skills on Lake Raleigh. Learn more and register by 4/24
Sponsored by NC State Wellness and Recreation

Saturday, April 27

Walk To The Farmers Market
10 am – 11:30 am | Meet between Plaza and Grove/Lakeview Halls
Students host a walk for other students to visit the State Farmers Market and learn about local food. Email with any questions
Sponsored by the NC State Stewards

CFSA Farm Tours: Agroecology Education Farm
Noon – 6 pm | 4400 Mid Pines Road, Raleigh
The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association’s annual Piedmont Farm Tour includes a stop at the NC State Agrecology Education Farm. Learn more and register
Sponsored by Carolina Farm Stewardship Association

Tuesday, April 30

State Energy Conference
All Day | McKimmon Conference and Training 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. Register
Sponsored by NC Clean Energy Technology Center