Earth Week & Earth Day 2011


Check out what’s going on for Earth Day and Earth Week this year!

This year for Earth Week and Earth Day numerous groups on campus and Boston-area organizations will be celebrating their sustainable and environmental efforts. Get excited for games, giveaways, food tastings, and more

Saturday, April 16th

Global Day of Service
Students can register here ( to join 3,000+ volunteers in an array of community service programs, including environmental service at locations like the Emerald Necklace and the Esplanade Association Conservancy.

Tuesday, April 19th

Oceanspray in the GSU Link
Visit OceanSpray in the Link to sample their Craisins and learn about how their cranberries are harvested in Cape Cod.

Monday, April 18th

Make a Difference Mondays, Dining Halls
Dining halls across campus will feature an array of local, organic, and sustainably harvested foods, complete with food maps charting their journey to your plate.

Wednesday, April 20th

Composting Comes Out, 11:30am-1:30pm, Dining Halls
Student volunteers will gather in dining halls across campus to answer any questions their peers may have about composting on-campus. Interested in volunteering? E-mail

Sargent College Parfait Giveaway, GSU Link
The college will be promoting the health and environmental benefits of certain foods.

Environmental Student Organization Screening of One Water, 7pm, Location TBA
One Water is a film that celebrates all the myriad ways water has touched human lives around the globe and explores our changing relationship to water as it grows ever more perilously scarce. The film leaves audiences with a series of provocative questions that culminate in one that will impact all of our futures: is water a human right or a commodity? Through a starkly emotional journey, the audience is invited to bear witness and encouraged to recognize this major global crisis as his or her very own. The trailer and updated location information regarding the free film screening is available on the group’s blog,

Thursday, April 21st

GSU Plaza Celebration – 11am-2:30pm
Participating Groups: Sustainability@BU, BU Recycling, Dining Services, The Environmental Student Organization, Compostability, US Green Buildings Council ChapterBU Vegetarian Society, BU Outing Club, NetImpact Undergrad, Organic Gardening Collective, Slow Foods, WTBU, Boston Vegetarian Association, Save That Stuff, Gazelle, Next Step Living, Goodwill, Cabot Creamery, Raising Canes, Smaht Fahm, Ward’s Berry Farm, ZipCar

Dining Services Chowder Cook-Off
Dining Services will be hosting a chowder cook-off on the plaza.

Local Food Tastings
Cabot Farm will have a cheese tasting, Smaht Fahm will be selling seasonal produce, and Ward’s Berry Farm will have a sign-up for the CSA program.

Goodwill, not landfill
Stop by the GSU Plaza to donate items you no longer use and check out a room display of 100% re-used items. Purchasing gently used items saves landfills from overpopulation and helps reduce CO2 emissions as factories are not producing new things. In 2009, BU diverted 6.75 tons of reusable stuff. Let’s double that in 2011.

West Campus Block Party – 11-2:30pm, West Campus
Participating Groups: CFA, CGS, SHA, Health Services, International Programs, FitRec, Red Cross, and more! Attractions include a SHA book swap, free samples and giveaways from local vendors, and a Red Cross disaster relief information booth.

Recycling Café – 11-2:30pm, GSU Plaza
Stop by the GSU to drop off small electronics, Brita Filters, batteries, ink cartridges, and lightbulbs for recycling. While you’re there, bring a reusable travel mug and receive FREE coffee compliments of Dining Services.

Sustainable Seafood Event GSU 2nd Floor Conference Room – 6-8pm
Panel on seafood sustainability featuring guests from the New England Aquarium and BU biologist Les Kaufman, with a screening of the film End of the Line.

Friday, April 22nd

Bake ‘n Joy Dessert Samples, GSU Link
Come learn about this sustainable bakery!

Sawyer Series on Energy Transitions and Society –10am – 12:30pm, Pardee House 67 Bay State Road
The Pardee Center,the Department of Geography and Environment and the Clean Energy and Environment Sustainability Initiative (CEESI) are pleased to invite you to the Sawyer Series on Energy Transitions and Society.

Peter O’Connor (Boston University)
Rania Gnosh (Boston University)
Cutler Cleveland & Adil Najam (Boston University)

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