NC State University’s month-long emphasis on the planet, sustainability and how you can make the world a better place. April’s Earth Month calendar is shaping up, and there are numerous ways to get involved including the 30 Days, 30 Ways Challenge.

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Tai Chi

Every Tuesday from March 29 – May 17, Noon – 1 pm, Court of Carolinas
This interactive event will introduce you to the philosophy and practice of Tai Chi, an ancient Chinese health exercise. You’ll learn the techniques of relaxation, breathing, balance and about Tai Chi health benefits such as reduced tension, blood pressure and arthritis. Cost for 8 sessions is $30. Learn more
Sponsored by the Confucious Institute

Film Screening: How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change

March 29, 7 p.m., Talley Student Union Mountain Ballroom
A documentary film screening with Academy Award nominated director Josh Fox.
Sponsored by student organization Climate Action Pack with support from and Frack Free NC

Overconsumption Landfill Awareness Project

March 31 and April 1, 11 am – 2 pm, Talley Student Union (lobby)

Overconsumption of goods is quickly filling landfills. Plastics, in particular, are responsible for air and water pollution because of the toxins leached when disposed in a landfill. Learn about proper disposal, impacts of pollution and about the importance of diverting trash from landfills.
Sponsored by College of Natural Resources Engaging Leaders

Soul Garden Little Free Library Workshop

April 3, Noon – 3 pm, SOUL Garden (directions)
Gardens are not only places for growing good food and building strong community, they are also the foundation of strong education. Join SOUL Garden, a student run garden on Centennial Campus, in bringing education and community to our campus. We will be constructing a Little Free Library that will provide garden visitors with a wealth of knowledge. Garden fresh snacks will be provided.
Sponsored by SOUL Garden

What the Elephants Are Saying

April 4, 7 p.m., Witherspoon Cinema
Dr. Peter Wrege, Director of the Elephant Listening Project at Cornell University, is featured. Learn more >>>

Postharvest Handling for Enhanced Shelf Life Workshop

April 4, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Henderson County), April 6 (Durham County), April 7 (Rowan County)
Agriculture is North Carolina’s largest industry, and this all-day workshop equips producers for higher economic yields through the adoption of processes that preserve food quality after harvest. Learn more >>>
Sponsored by the Center for Environmental Farming Systems based at NC State, NC Growing Together Project and NC Cooperative Extension

Earth Month Tunnel Painting

April 5, 7:30 pm, Free Expression Tunnel
Join Environmental Science students, EcoVillage residents and NC State Stewards in painting NC State’s Free Expression Tunnel green in honor of Earth Month. Supplies are provided, and no artistic skills are needed.

The Environment and Mental Health: The Positive Impact of Nature on Wellbeing

April 6, 6 pm, Withers Hall Room 135
Explore the connection between our environment and our mental health. Learn how urbanization and the migration of people to cities has impacted mental health on a local, national and international level. Learn strategies for how you can improve your own mental health through interactions with the environment and what kinds of opportunities we have on campus to explore nature and practice a sustainable lifestyle.
Sponsored by the NC State Stewards

The Global Sanitation Challenge: A Systems View

April 7, 6 – 7 pm, Location TBD (follow Facebook listing event for update)
Dr. Francis L. de los Reyes III  will explore the scientific and engineering challenges regarding sanitation in developing countries. Dr. Reyes is a Professor of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering. Learn more >>>
Sponsored by Pi Alpha Phi and Alpha Phi Gamma

COMMUNITY EVENT: Town Hall on Changing Climate, Uncertain Future

April 7, 7 – 8:30 pm, Museum of Natural Sciences
Join WRAL chief meteorologist Greg Fishel as he discusses issues surrounding the topic of climate change alongside Dr. Katharine Hayhoe from Texas Tech University and Dr. Walter Robinson from North Carolina State University.
Sponsored by Friends of the NC Museum of Natural Sciences and Capitol Broadcasting Company

Friday at the Farm

April 8, 4 – 6 pm, NC State Agroecology Education Farm
Food brings cultures together. Join 50 international students and 50 American students for a Friday afternoon of food and fun at NC State’s Agroecology Education Farm to celebrate Earth Month.  Learn more and register >>>
Sponsored by Office of International Affairs, University Dining, University Sustainability Office, Agroecology Education Farm

State of the Sciences: Museum Takeover

April 8, 6 pm, NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Celebrate the fascinating work of NC State scientists with private tours, local craft beer and hands-on demonstrations at the College’s annual State of the Sciences event. The 2016 edition will be a family-friendly takeover of the Nature Research Center at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences featuring stargazing, laboratory tours and interactive experiments for science lovers of all ages. The event will be open to the public and free for College of Sciences alumni. More details >>>
Sponsored by the College of Sciences

Rubbage Ride

April 9, 8:30 am, NC State Carmichael Recreation Center
Help beautify campus by bike as part of this unique litter pick up event. More details >>>
Sponsored by Service Raleigh, NC State Waste Reduction and Recycling, and University Sustainability Office

Zero-Waste Kay Yow Spring Football Game

April 9, 11 am – 4:30 pm, Carter-Finley Stadium
Educate and assist fans in sorting their waste into compost, recycling and landfill bins. Volunteers will help the Wolfpack strive for zero waste for the third spring game in a row. Sign up to volunteer >>>
Sponsored by NC State Waste Reduction and Recycling, NC State Athletics 

COMMUNITY EVENT: Live and Local Earth Day 2016

April 9, 2 – 10 pm, Compiegne Park
Free. Food. Music. Fun. The event will feature three stages, multiple bands, kids zone, bouncy houses, food trucks and environmental workshops. Learn more >>>
Sponsored by LiveItUp Hillsborough Street

Dash for Trash

April 10, 3 – 5 pm, Meet on Miller Fields by the water fountains
Jog and pick up litter along the way! The pace is slow for 2 – 3 miles so that runners can pick up trash along the jogging route. Supplies are provided. Email with any questions about the event.

Good Agricultural Practices Workshop: Navigating the USDA GAP Audit

April 11, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Summerfield Farms

Food safety is vital to farmers. This hands-on workshop equips farmers for effective on-farm food safety. Learn more and register >>>
Sponsored by NC State and North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Center for Environmental Farming Systems and the North Carolina Growing Together Project, and Carolina Farm Stewardship Association

Climate Reality

April 11, 3:30 – 5 pm, Williams Hall Room 2215
Join Climate Reality leaders Amanda Robertson and Betsey Downing for a presentation on climate science, and a discussion of what we can do individually and collectively to address the climate crisis. Arguably our climate crisis is the most significant issue of our time.
Sponsored by student organization Climate Action Pack

BSC Conversation: How will the B Corporation Movement Transform Global Business?

April 12, 9 – 10 am, HQ Raleigh
Featuring Dr. Joel Gehman, University of Alberta’s Assistant Professor of Strategic Management and Organization and Dr. Rosanna Garcia, Associate Professor in the Department of Business Management in the Poole College of Management and Faculty Director of the BSC. Join us early for breakfast starting at 8:30 am or stay after to continue to the conversation with representatives from local B Corporations. RSVP Requested >>>
Sponsored by the Poole College of Management’s Business Sustainability Collaborative

Sustainability in Research Seminar Series

April 12, 3 – 4 pm
Joel Gehman, Assistant Professor Strategic Management & Organization at the University of Alerta’s Alberta School of Business, speaks on B Corporations.
Sponsored by Poole College of Management’s Business Sustainability Collaborative

NC State Net Impact Lunch n Learn 

April 12, Noon – 1 pm, Nelson Hall 3220
A roundtable lunch for students, faculty and staff with Dr. Joel Gehman, who will be engaging us in a discussion of B Corporations and organizational strategy. Lunch provided. RSVP Requested >>>
Sponsored by Net Impact and Poole College of Management’s Business Sustainability Collaborative

Change Maker Network

April 12, 5:30 – 6:30 pm, Carmichael Gymnasium Room 2306
Help form a program on campus that would help students find service organizations, develop entrepreneurship skills, learn about social issues, and form connections across campus and the Triangle area. This first-of-its-kind program at NC State will create a campus-wide network for students and student organizations to use. RSVP now >>>
Sponsored by NC State’s Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation Initiative

Dinners with Purpose featuring Robin Emmons

April 12, 6:30 – 8 pm, Talley Student Union
After spending 20 years in corporate America, Robin Emmons left and pursued her passion for using food as a vehicle for social justice. She operates the nonprofit Sow Much Good, which raises awareness about inequities in the food system. Register >>>
This event is co-sponsored by the Kenan Institute for Engineering, Technology, and Science and the Institute for Nonprofits Social Entrepreneurship Initiative and is part of the NC State Social Innovation Speaker Series

Earth Fair

April 13, 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. This event is registered as an NC Science Festival event.
Sponsored by University Sustainability Office

Compost Shmompost

April 13, 6 – 8 pm, Park Shops Room 215
Come learn the dirt on composting from the world renowned expert Rhonda “The Worm Lady” Sherman, who will lead an interactive presentation and introduce you to ways to get more involved with composting on campus. Pizza will be served (and we’re sure the boxes will be composted!)
Sponsored by the NC State Stewards

Green Brick Awards Recognition Breakfast

April 15, 9 am, Witherspoon Student Center Room 126
A celebration of campus sustainability achievements and the year’s most outstanding contributors to advancing sustainability at NC State. Register >>>
Sponsored by the Campus Environmental Sustainability Team

POSTPONED: EV Challenge Annual Competition Display

COMMUNITY EVENT: WakeUp and Explore 2016 City Livability Tour

April 16, 1 – 5 pm, Hillsborough Street
A self-guided walking tour to explore the vibrant Hillsborough Street corridor in Raleigh. Tour participants will be invited into businesses, residences and historic properties to learn how urban design and sustainable development come together to create community and quality of life. Buy a ticket >>>
Sponsored by WakeUP Wake County and LiveItUp Hillsborough Street

Great Animal Orchestra

April 17, 4 p.m., Stewart Theater in Talley Student Union
An exciting, thought-provoking and moving look at humans, animals, the environment and the relationship between them all. NC State’s music department and Raleigh Civic Symphony team up for this special concert. More details >>>
Sponsored by Arts NC State

Campus Sustainability Tour

April 18, 4 pm – 5:15 pm, Meet outside Fountain Dining Hall
Learn about the university’s efforts to make campus more sustainable in this unique walking tour that includes solar installations, composting and recycling locations, and LEED certified buildings.
Sponsored by the NC State Stewards

Global Engagement Exposition

April 19, 11:30 am, Talley Student Union Mountain Ballroom
The 6th Annual Global Engagement Exposition features achievements in international research, teaching/scholarship, extension, engagement and economic development at NC State. Many of the research posters presented at the conference also have sustainability themes. Register now >>>
Sponsored by the Office of International Affairs

Perinatal Environmental Exposures: Effects on Metabolic Homeostasis and the Epigenome

April 19, 4 – 5 p.m., Toxicology Building Auditorium 2104
Featuring Dr. Dana Dolinoy of the University of Michigan
Sponsored by Center for Human Health and the Environment

Responsible Textiles

April 19, 4 – 7 pm, College of Textiles Convocation Center
Representatives of companies noteworthy for their efforts in sustainability will discuss current issues and perceptions facing the industry. This is a free, catered event and dress is casual. Raffle and t-shirts available as well.
Sponsored by Greater Good Textiles  Group

NC State Net Impact Lunch n Learn 

April 20, Noon – 1 pm, Nelson Hall 3220
A roundtable discussion with, Lyle Estill, president and co-founder of Piedmont Biofuels, a community-scale biodiesel project in Pittsboro, North Carolina. Lunch provided. RSVP Requested >>>
Sponsored by Net Impact and Poole College of Management’s Business Sustainability Collaborative

State Energy Conference

April 20-21, McKimmon Center
“Connecting NC’s Diverse Energy Economy” 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 >>>

Business of Social Innovation

April 21, 10 – 11 am, Entrepreneurship Initiative’s Garage on Centennial Campus
It was been said that every single social and global issue of our day is a business opportunity in disguise. Join this interactive workshop to learn how to recognize opportunities for social change including sustainability. You’ll leave with a few tools to turn those opportunities into a social innovation all your own. Register >>>
Sponsored by the Institute for Nonprofits Social Entrepreneurship Initiative and the NC State Entrepreneurship Initiative

Just for Me: Sustainability Edition – POSTPONED

Cleantech Connect Career Fair

April 21, 3 – 5 p.m., 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. Registration required
Sponsored by Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster and Work in the Triangle

Farm Feast

April 21, 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

Earth Day Canoe Challenge

April 22, 5:30 – 7:30 pm, Lake Raleigh on Centennial Campus
Join University Recreation for a canoe race around Lake Raleigh! The challenge will consist of a recycling challenge, canoe race and wattage challenge. Individual heats will begin at 5:30 pm (a maximum of 8 teams of 2 in each heat) and every 15 minutes a new heat will start. Come celebrate Earth Day with fun competition (and there will also be a chance to blend your own smoothie on the UREC Bike Blender)! More information >>>
Sponsored by University Recreation

College of Veterinary Medicine Open House

April 23, 9 am – 3 pm, 1060 William Moore Drive (CVM Campus)
Visit NC State Veterinary Medicine for a day filled with animal friends, fun and interesting information about the connections between animal and human health. Learn more >>>
Sponsored by College of Veterinary Medicine

Earth Yoga

April 24, 1 – 2 pm, Court of Carolinas
This yoga flow class centers participants on the connection between people and the planet. Note: Bring a yoga mat and/or a towel in case the ground is damp.
Sponsored by NC State Stewards

Film Screening: Poverty Inc.

April 25, 3 – 5:30 pm, Witherspoon Cinema
Drawing from over 200 interviews filmed in 20 countries, Poverty, Inc. unearths an uncomfortable side of charity: could aid be part of the problem? At 3 pm, learn about Alternative Service Break. The documentary begins at 3:30 pm with a panel discussion starting at 4:40 pm. The event is free. View trailer >>>
Sponsored by the Center for Student Leadership, Ethics and Public Service

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

Take Action

Earth Month is the perfect time to start changing your state of mind. Take the 30 Days, 30 Ways Challenge in April.

Day 1 – Hit the Switch

Think this is just about saving energy? Turns out it matters a lot to your health too

Day 2 – Cycle Safe

Riding a bike is awesome but crashing isn’t. Your guide to safe cycling

Day 3 – Eat Fresh

Fresh food does your body good. Try these recipes (yes, even you can make them)

Day 4 – Equip Your Car

Want to visit the gas station less? Here’s how to boost your car’s MPGs

Day 5 – Get Moving

A more sustainable you is an active you. How to stay fit if you work a desk job (or study a lot), how to exercise at home, and how to workout in just 15 minutes

Day 6 – Turn off the Tap

Wat’er you doing to conserve water? Here are easy ways to save

Day 7 – Bring your own cup

Not only are reusable water bottles seriously cool but they can help change the planet too

Day 9 – Drink Water

Water may not be as exciting to gulp down, but here are 6 wonders water does for your body

Day 10 – Swap Out Bulbs

Confused on which bulbs save the most energy? We shine a light on bulb buying

Day 11 – Shop for Local Food

Homegrown is often cheaper and fresher, so go loco for local food

Day 12 – Make Your Own Cleaning Products

When you make it yourself, you might be avoiding toxins while at the same time saving money. Try this recipe for laundry detergent

Day 13 – Bring a Bag

When you’re out shopping, bring a reusable bag instead of using plastic bags. We found some stylish ones you can make and tons of reasons why they’re better than plastic

Day 14 – Clean Your Plate

We waste a lot of food in this country, so make sure your eyes aren’t bigger than your stomach, especially in campus dining halls

Day 15 – Recycle

We’ll help by answering your toughest blue bin questions — 5 surprising things that are recyclable on campus and 5 things that actually aren’t recyclable on campus.

Day 16 – Buy Used

Why buy a new product when you can save money and reduce waste by buying used? Check out 9 items that make sense to buy used

Day 17 – Reduce Your Water Footprint

But what exactly is a water footprint and why does it matter?

Day 18 – Give Back

Help improve your community and make it a more thriving, sustainable place. Turns out, serving others does your body good

Day 19 – Save Water in the Shower

Your daily shower might be your biggest use of water all day. But you have the power to save

Day 20 – Walk More

The fast track to a more sustainable you is as easy as walking more. And there are easy ways to incorporate more walking in your day

Day 21 – Grow Your Own Food

You’ve never tasted fresher food than what you can grow at home. Bonus: gardening can save you mega-bucks at the grocery store

Day 22 – Fix Leaks Fast

You won’t believe how much water waste there is in leaks. Learn how to sleuth them out and fix them fast

Day 23 – Make Your Laundry Leaner

The average U.S. household does 400+ loads of laundry a year. Here’s your laundry guide to saving energy, water and money

Day 24 – Drive Less

The less you use your car, the more money you’ll save. Use this guide for getting started with alternative transportation

Day 25 – Adjust Your Computer to Save Energy

Most of us use computers (and lots of energy) every day. Simple changes to your computer can reap big energy rewards

Day 26 – Buy in Bulk

Buying in bulk is a great way to save money and reduce packaging waste. These items have the biggest bulk bang for your buck

Day 27 – Pull the Plug

There are items in your house that are secretly driving up your energy bill. Find and slay the ‘phantom’ load today

Day 28 – Go Paperless

Sure, paper has its place. But technology is creating an easier, more paperless place

Day 29 – Eat in Season

Eating in season is healthier and can save you money. Check out our quick guide for buying fruits and veggies in season

Day 30 – Use Natural Light

Research shows a little sunshine does your body good. See all the benefits of using more natural light

Earth Month Sponsors and Partners 

To explore donation or sponsorship opportunities, contact us.

University Dining


University Sustainability Office

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Arts NC State

Institute for Nonprofits Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation Initiative

College of Veterinary Medicine

Campus Environmental Sustainability Team

Poole College of Management’s Business Sustainability Collaborate

NC Waste Reduction and Recycling


College of Sciences

University Housing

Climate Action Pack

Center for Environmental Farming Systems

LiveItUp Hillsborough Street

WakeUP Wake County

Office of International Affairs

NCSU Agroecology Education Farm

NC State Athletics

Service Raleigh

Center for Human Health and the Environment

African American Faculty and Staff Organization

NC State Stewards

College of Natural Resources