The third week of April is Earth Week (April 18 – 22), and student leaders from the UCI Sustainability Co-Curricular Working Group* have coordinated with campus organizations a week of free giveaways, games, and special events.

The most up-to-date schedule is below. Please check back for updates and changes.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Intro Permaculture Class and Planting Session
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Native Food Forest at the UCI Arboretum
Learn the basic permaculture principles to sustainable agriculture and learn to plant edible natives! Maximum attendance: 20 people (first come, first serve)
Anteater Express shuttle pick-up at Student Center flagpoles @ 9:45am and returns at 1:20pm.

Arroyo Vista Gardening Session
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Arroyo Vista Garden (aka Ants in your Plants garden)
Help us plant vegetables and harvest fresh herbs and produce to take home!

Documentary Screening: “Vanishing of the Bees”
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
DBH (Donald Bren Hall) 1427
Vanishing of the Bees, narrated by Ellen Page, takes a piercing investigative look at the economic, political and ecological implications of the worldwide disappearance of the honeybee.

Documentary Screening: “Years of Living Dangerously”
7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
DBH (Donald Bren Hall) 1427
From the damage wrought by Hurricane Sandy to the upheaval caused by drought in the Middle East, this groundbreaking documentary event series provides first-hand reports on those affected by, and seeking solutions to, climate change.


Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Waste, Recycling, and Biodiversity Boothing Fair
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Student Center Ring
Play some compost basketball, find the trash monster, and take pictures at a sustainability photo booth in this interactive boothing fair!

“Mt. RecycleMore” – Trash demonstration project
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Student Center Flagpoles
Learn about how UCI is going Zero Waste by 2020 and all the tips and tricks to get there!

Documentary Screening: “Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story”
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Campus Village – Atlantic Room in Community Center
As a society, we devour countless cooking shows, culinary magazines and foodie blogs. So how could we possibly be throwing nearly 50% of it in the trash?


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Sustainable Foods Fair
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Humanities Plaza
Join over 20 clubs, departments and sustainable vendors in celebrating the many facets of sustainable foods, with tasty sustainable samples, local edible plants, activities, raffle prizes and more!

Bike UCI Series 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Moss Cove B, Student Center
Meet your campus bicycle coordinators Ramon Zavala and Carolyn Hernandez for this lively presentation and become a more visible, predictable, prepared, and confident cyclist.

Exploring Our Relationship to Food 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
SOAR Center (106 Gateway Study Center)
Explore your own connection to food, mother earth & learn about the food system as a framework for understanding food justice!

Documentary Screening: “Blue Gold: World Water Wars
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Humanities Hall 210
Wars of the future will be fought over water as they are over oil today, as the source of human survival enters the global marketplace and political arena.

Documentary Screening: “Fed Up”
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Humanities Hall 210
FED UP! presents an entertaining and compelling overview of our current food production system from the Green Revolution to the Biotech Revolution and what we can do about it.

Documentary Screening: “Seeds of Time”
8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Humanities Hall 210
Could one massive infestation of fungus, blight or insects cause all the world’s corn, wheat or lettuce to die?

Panel: “We Are All Part of It; Water Crises Global to Local”
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
EHL 100
A discussion with experts on water crises with speakers from UCI, Wells of Life, and Municipal Water District of OC. We are calling the local communities into action to bring about change for the global water crises.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Energy and Transportation Boothing Fair
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Student Center Ring
Ride a bike to power UCI, find out about cutting edge solar technology, and more at this energy/transportation theme fair!

Center for Solar Energy– Graduate Research Presentation
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Humanities Hall 232
Graduate students will present posters on the Center for Solar Energy’s research (solar energy, catalysis, energy efficiency).

Documentary Screening: “PUMP”
7:30 p.m  – 8:30 p.m.
Humanities Hall 232
“PUMP” tells the story of America’s addiction to oil, and the surprising solution that’s been here all along.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Environmental Governance and Management in the Arctic
9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The University Club at UC Irvine (map)
Find out more about the changing state of the Arctic Ocean and how it is opening up the region to new interests and added stressors, creating new challenges for marine resource management.

Public Lunch Event: Why the Arctic Matters
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Presented by Honorable Fran Ulmer, Chair, U.S. Arctic Research Commission (USARC)
RSVP Required
The Arctic is changing rapidly, more so than many other regions of the Earth. Ms. Ulmer describes what is happening, from climate to cultural changes. She offers a professional perspective and one that benefits from her considerable experience living in and creating policy for Alaska

Student Led Congress Community Forum*
*postponed until later date

The Student Led Sustainability Leadership Congress looks forward to welcoming you to come out for a community forum to learn about and engage with students’ sustainability action plans.  The forum will be open to students, faculty, and staff, at a later date to be announced.

Movie screening: “Wall-E”
7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Mesa Court Lawn
In the distant future, a small waste-collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind.

The UCI Sustainability Co-Curricular Working Group (SCWG) is a diverse group of campus representatives that include students, staff and faculty. For information, please contact Rachel Harvey at