"Innovative Idea for Waste Reduction" Essay Contest
Deadline: April 20
Email your essay, 1,000 words or less to enter. See application details
(PDF). The $500 grand prize will be awarded for the first-place submission.
Facilities Management and campus waste and recycling hauler, Republic Services, cosponsored the essay contest in an effort to support the UC system’s initiative to achieve zero waste by 2020. Michael Taylor, a graduate student at Rady School of Management wrote the winning essay
and received a $500 award.
"Kill the Cup" and win an iPad!
UCSD Rady School of Management students are hosting “Kill the Cup,” a competition to promote use of reusable mugs. Use a reusable mug for your coffee at UCSD, take a picture with your phone and upload the pic to killthecup.com
UC San Diego Biomedical Library
Visit the library’s exhibit, inspired by UC San Diego Earth Week 2013, during April. The exhibit, which includes a three-part display in the breezeway and a table display near the entrance, is a collaborative effort between the Biomedical Library, the Library’s Environmental Sustainability Group (ESG), Roger’s Community Garden
(a student-led group), and the local non-profit organization, San Diego Coastkeeper
. The exhibit highlights initiatives that have moved from “thinking green” to actively “being green.”
- Receive a $5 off coupon towards the purchase of Klean Kanteen or LifeFactory bottles when you turn in any used water bottle to the Wellness department located on the first floor.
- Drop off your used ink jet and toner cartridges to the Computer department for recycling.
- Find Earth-friendly displays and discounts in the Supply department located on the second floor, featuring art supplies, planners, notebooks, writing instruments, desk accessories, energy-saving light bulbs, rechargeable batteries, recycled and sugar cane printer paper.
9 a.m.–noon, Price Center Plaza
Join UC San Diego Health, Recreation, and Wellness for one hour to remove toxic butts from our campus! The first 100 to register and attend the event will get a free "Sungod says..." t-shirt and pizza! All cigarette butts will be collected and displayed for Earth Day! Take part in helping us make our campus beautiful! Register
or see the Facebook event
"After the 'Air-Pocalypse,' what is happening with China’s environmental policies?"
Speaker: Deborah Seligsohn, Environmental Policy Analyst
4-5:30 p.m., UC San Diego, Robinson Complex, Room 3201
In recent years, China has shown signs of improvement in its long struggle with severe air and water pollution, focusing much attention on the reporting and transparency of air pollution measurements. Are these efforts impacting the health and welfare of the Chinese population? Deborah Seligsohn examines the environmental policy measures China has taken over the past decade in addressing air and water pollution, the challenges that “air-pocalypse” presents, and what we are likely to see over the next several years. Register now
- 25% off all Champion hoods on the second floor, each produced with one shredded soda bottle
- 25% off select Earth-friendly items in the gift department on the second floor
Reduce Your Use: Energy Audit Workshop
4–5 p.m., Sustainability Resource Center
Learn how to conduct a simple energy audit and start saving now! Hosted by UCSD Power Save Green Campus
UC San Diego Arbor Day
9–11:30 a.m., East Campus Parking Lot P704
Help plant coast live oaks, Torrey pines and Canary Island pines!
Sustainable Bear Garden
"Putting the Garden into Bear Garden"
3–6 p.m., Matthews Quad
Join ASCE as they host the first-ever Sustainable Bear Garden, featuring free food and drinks with new vegetarian and vegan food options, fair trade and healthier drink options and effective waste sorting to make this a nearly zero-waste event. Note: Do not bring food or drinks to the event because they will be disposed of prior to entry. Try to bring an empty reusable mug for water.
Sustainability Orgs Tabling
1–3 p.m., Sungod Lawn
All sustainability-related organizations are welcome to table and help spread their green message. Please email email@example.com
with questions or to reserve a table!
The Other Face of Development in Colombia: Living as Minorities amidst Civil War, Hydrocarbon and Mining Exploitation, and Generalized Human Rights Violations
1–6:30 p.m., Sungod Lawn
Film: "We Women Warriors" (Spanish with English subtitles) 1-2:30 p.m., Hojel Auditorium>br />
Panel & Discussion: 2:45-5 p.m., Weaver Room
Reception: 5 p.m., Weaver Room
See event flyer
Careers in Bio-Inspired Design: Sustainable Solutions from Nature (Panel and Info-session)
5:00–6:30 p.m., UC San Diego Career Services Center, Horizon Room (map
Biomimicry (biologically inspired design) is the examination of nature, its models, systems, processes, and elements to emulate or take inspiration from in order to address and solve human problems in a sustainable way. Our panelists will present the ideas behind this new research field and discuss its development and impacts on innovation, education and businesses. Details
7–9:30 a.m., Gilman Information Booth
Reduce Your “Wasteline” Trash Sort
10 a.m.–1 p.m., Library Walk
Come don a fun, protective suit as you interactively learn about proper recycling and waste reduction strategies at the Facilities Management sponsored trash sort. Gain insight into the amount of waste our Price Center produces in a day, and become an active participant in the quest to make zero waste a reality.
“Bag It” Screening
Noon–1 p.m., Geisel Library, Seuss Room
“Our story follows Jeb Berrier, an average American guy—admittedly not a 'tree hugger'— who makes a pledge to stop using plastic bags. This simple action gets Jeb thinking about all kinds of plastic. He embarks on a global tour to unravel the complexities of our plastic world.” More
Campus Clean Up
11 a.m.–2 p.m., meet on Library Walk (map
The UC San Diego community is invited to help maintain the health of their campus and watershed, which drains to La Jolla Shores, a state designated Area of Special Biological Significance. KIND Snacks will be providing snacks to those who come out to help. Hosted by San Diego Coastkeeper. Meet at Library Walk near the Library (look for the San Diego Coast Keeper tent in front of block 1970). Can be applied to Volunteer50
3 p.m., Muir Quad
Phi Rho Your Boat
12:30–3 p.m., Canyonview Pool West
This is a competion where campus organzations engineer and build a boat out of recyclables to be raced across an Olympic-sized pool. After the event, the boats are recycled and the money is donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. See event
Pre-Earth Day at the Garden
10 a.m.–noon, Roger's Community Garden
Roger’s Community Garden will be holding special volunteer hours where you can come work on a unifying project that will contribute to the garden's mission to green up the land without using more water. This event will also feature gardening workshops where volunteers can learn about potting, soil selection, and how to start seedlings. See us on Facebook
Power Down UCSD
8:30 p.m., Sungod Lawn
Conserve energy and enjoy free desert and games in the dark! You can even get a free, “I Blacked Out” T-shirt while supply lasts.
Sustainable Marketplace Purchasing Practices Webinar
Join Marketplace on Earth Day to learn more about sustainable purchasing practices. Topics will include sharing carts, consolidating orders, shared favorites and finding green products in search results.
Register for the webinar
through the UC Learning Center
Art & Soul Craft Workshop: Earth Day Terrariums
2–3 p.m., The Zone
Bring some of the outdoors into your home with these wonderful plants! Create your own terrarium.
Van Jones and Winona LaDuke
“Zero Injustice: Redefining Sustainability”
7 p.m., Price Center Ballroom East
Too often has sustainability been reduced to clean technologies and business practices. So what do genuine sustainability practices and policies look like? Join Winona LaDuke, Van Jones, and Leslie Lewis for a lecture on redefining sustainability as the movement that addresses both environmental destruction and social inequality. Be a part of the discussion that stresses the importance of committing to zero injustice in order to move towards a healthier planet.
7:30 a.m.–3 p.m., outside Student Services Center
See what's recyclable
2–2:45 p.m., The Zone
Join us for a healthy cooking demonstration! Learn how to cook and eat healthfully with this Earth Week themed recipe. This demonstration will feature local, organic and vegetarian ingredients.
7:30 a.m.–3 p.m., outside Student Services Center
See what's recyclable
Clean Car Show
11 a.m.–3 p.m., Warren Mall
Care and Propagation of Potted Succulents
Noon–1 p.m., The Zone
Succulents and cacti come from a diverse biosphere containing gorgeous variety in color and shapes, so there’s one that’s right for everyone. This workshop will explore the different varieties of succulents and how their specific needs for light and water can be used to help determine what works best for you. We’ll show you how to care for your succulent and how to propagate and multiply either your personal succulent collection or another collector's in order to expand your own! Participants receive their choice of a free cutting to start their collection! Sponsored by Roger’s Community Garden.
3–4:30 p.m., The Loft
Free and open to the public.