Earth Week text, Earth image with clouds and trees around it, April 20th through April 28th

Join the UCI and greater Orange County community in celebrating Earth Day! There are events all month long, but we will be highlighting specific events around April 20th – 28th. Click on the tabs below to find events around campus and in the area.

Small Space Tomato Growing Workshop & Mental Wellbeing Resource Fair

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Join UCI Housing and the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Master Gardeners of Orange County to learn about tomato growing in all spaces, and enjoy a resource fair of mental wellbeing resources on campus and off.

  • Saturday, April 13th
  • 9:00am – 12:00pm
  • Verano Place Community Center (70000 Verano Road, Irvine CA 92697)
  • Registration Link

City of Irvine Earth Day

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Join the City of Irvine and many community organizations, utilities, and groups to learn about opportunities for getting involved with the environment right here in Irvine! There will be a guided hike, a solar presentation, and a compost demonstration.

  • Saturday, April 13th
  • 11:00am – 2:00pm
  • Quail Hill Community Center (39 Shady Canyon Drive, Irvine CA)
  • More information

Climate Change Conversations

Join the UC Bonnie Reiss Climate Action Fellows to talk about climate change impacts at UCI and efforts to address decarbonization, resilience, and other efforts. Participants will be provided with food and light refreshments.

  • Thursday, April 18th
  • 6:30PM – 8:00PM
  • G458 Student Center, RISE Suite
  • Registration Link

UCI Baseball 

The home game for baseball is sponsored by Irvine Ranch Water District and sustainability-focused! Attend to enjoy baseball and hear about sustainability at UCI.

  • Friday, April 19th
  • 6:00PM – finish

 

Beach Clean Up with Surfrider North OC

The Surfrider Foundation of North Orange County is hosting a beach cleanup sponsored inside Bolsa Chica State Beach. Volunteers will spread out covering the beach, shoreline, parking lot to search for and collect trash that is left behind, washed ashore, or blown to its location.

  • 8:00AM – 12:00PM
  • Bolsa Chica State Beach (Huntington Beach, CA)
  • Registration Link

Earth Day at the Bay

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Join the Newport Bay Conservancy at the Upper Newport Bay for the return of the annual Earth Day Celebration! Join for a free family-friendly day full of hands-on arts and crafts, educational activities, and science discovery. Enjoy live music as you explore Adventure Partners’ booths, take a break for a tasty treat at one of the food trucks, and don’t forget to complete the scavenger hunt for prizes and giveaways!

  • 10AM – 4PM
  • Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center (2301 University Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660)
  • Registration link (no need to register, but you can)

 

Corona Del Mar Beach Clean Up with Wildlife Jewels

Wildlife Jewels is thrilled to be organizing an educational beach cleanup event in the charming coastal town of Corona del Mar in celebration of Earth Day 2024. This event is part of our Sweep for Wildlife program from our Oceans Conservation initiative aimed at cleaning the beach and educating volunteers about our native wildlife, the threats debris poses to their lives, and ways they can contribute to protecting them.

We are seeking volunteers to help us with outreach and planning for this special occasion! Whether you prefer remote tasks or participating in onsite clean-up activities, there’s a role for everyone to contribute.

UCI Earth Week Kick Off

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Join the SRC at a table on ring road to participate in a quick sustainability DIY activity and learn about the upcoming events through out the week.

 

Marine Ecology Lab Booth

Join some Marine Ecology Lab students to learn about their research and do an activity related to marine ecology.

  • 12PM – 2PM
  • Student Center Ring Road

 

Sustainable Foods Fair

Join UCI Dining and many sustainable food related organizations on campus and off campus at the annual Sustainable Foods Fair! The fair will offer resources, passport system, and more!

  • 11:00AM – 2:00PM
  • Gateway Plaza

Anteaters in Sustainability Alum Social

Join the Anteaters in Sustainability network to socialize and network with fellows alumni that are interested in sustainability, in sustainability careers, or doing sustainability work within their community.

 

Dean’s Climate & Energy Lecture

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Join the School of Physical Sciences to learn about cutting-edge research and solutions related to climate change and clean energy. The Dean’s Lecture Series features research and solutions related to climate change, energy, health, mathematics, and fundamental science. The annual series offers timely scientific lectures that are free and open to the public.

  • 8:30AM – 10:00AM
  • UCI Beall Applied Innovation @ the Cove (5270 California Avenue 100 Irvine, CA 92617)
  • Registration required.

 

Forging Our Own Path – The Importance of Black Leadership in Environmental and Climate Advocacy

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Black people are disproportionately burdened by environmental hazards in their communities. However, studies continue to demonstrate that Black people are intentionally left out of environmental decision-making rooms, perpetuating increased systemic health issues for Black communities. This conversation will explore what it means to center impacted communities in environmental and climate-related decisions.

 

Beyond Earth Week Banquet

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Join the UCI Sustainability community for a celebration of the work that has been done this past year to advance sustainability, and the work that is still to come. This will involve a dinner provided and networking with campus colleagues, peers, and change makers. The banquet will also include the announcement of the 2024 Student Sustainability Awards winners.

 

Spring Garden Festival, Swap Meet, and Film Screening

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Join UCI Housing in a host of activities to celebrate Earth Week 2024. This event will include a Garden Festival, FREECYCLE Swap Meet, and a film screening of Wasted!

  • Sustainability Fair & Swap Meet (5:00PM – 7:00PM)
  • Documentary Film Screening (7:00PM – 9:00PM)
  • Arroyo Vista Lawn (1026 Arroyo Drive, Irvine CA 92617)
  • Registration Link

 

Health & Wellbeing Day

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Join UCI BioSci at the 2nd Annual Health & Wellbeing Day, a day dedicated to prioritizing mental health and wellness. Join for a series of engaging activities and insightful discussions aimed at enhancing your overall wellbeing. This event is open to all UCI students, faculty, and staff.

  • 10:00AM – 4:30PM
  • Humanities Instructional Building 100 & Cross-Cultural Center
  • Registration Link