While many believe that every day should be treated as Earth Day, April 22 feels just a little more special: It is a time of true celebration and appreciation for the planet.
The Office for Sustainability Earth Day Festival will kick off the week from the Science Center Plaza (rain location: Smith Campus Center) on Monday, April 22. With informative activities including DIY bike tune-ups and a compost tea demonstration, as well as an electronics recycling collection, a freecycle event, games, food, and music, the event is a great way to help you “green your scene” with environmentally friendly tips. For students interested in more technical knowledge, there will be a FixIt Clinic in Cabot Library.
The Harvard Museums of Science and Culture are making their admissions plastic-free starting on Earth Day. In an effort to reduce single-use plastics from making their way into our oceans, landfills, and neighborhoods, they will no longer use plastic tags at the admission desks.
The Harvard Law School hosted a film screening of “Wasted! The Story of Food Waste” on April 19, after a week-long series of events ranging from discussions on climate instability and agriculture, to the Green New Deal. The Law School is also hosting the ELS Horizon Award ceremony on April 22, which is given annually for achievement in leadership and environmental law. This year’s recipient is Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, who will lead a conversation with attendees during the event.
Their neighbors in the Harvard Divinity School have a series of events planned by the HDS Green Team. The line-up for the week includes discussions on corporate environmental responsibility, as well as a school-wide Freecycle and Trash Audit. There will also be a group blessing of the HDS garden where everyone is welcome to the service to come “sing, plant, and bless the HDS garden for the growing season.”
The Kennedy School of Government has a week full of events that includes a Charles River Clean-up, an Office Plant Give-Away, and a Well-being Fair.
The Harvard Business School will be hosting an event called “Sustainability: What it Means for Today’s Business Leaders,” which will address strategies for achieving real environmental impacts beyond a company’s branding. The following day will be Earth Fest, an event hosted by HBS Operations and Restaurant Associates on sustainable food and water reduction strategies, with fun activities like a honey tasting.
The Harvard Longwood Campus, will host an Electronics Recycling Collection and will be concluding the “Take the Stairs” campaign, which began March 18.
In addition to these many events, there are dozens of other Earth Day events going on around campus and in the community, including many events organized by students.