UCR to Host Earth Week Activities April 19–26

Annual celebration of the environment will include campus tours and information on sustainability efforts

Scotty on a bike

This year's Earth Week events will include a sustainability bike tour around the UCR campus. Photo courtesy of UCR Office of Sustainability

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — The students, staff and faculty of the University of California, Riverside, are invited to learn about the Earth, its environment, and what we can do to protect it during the annual Earth Week celebration. Earth Day itself is Tuesday, April 22, 2014, but UCR events run from Saturday April 19 through Saturday April 26.

All events are open to the campus community and the public.

“Earth Week gives us the opportunity to share the efforts taking place at UC Riverside in regards to sustainability, but also to show what people can do on their own,” said UCR Sustainability Coordinator John Cook. “One person can make a difference and little things do add up.”

The week will kick off with the Extreme Green Fest on April 19 at UCR Family Housing Park, then will continue with tabling at the Bell Tower as well as sustainability-themed walking and biking tours.

“The tours are a new addition this year,” said Jenny Low, sustainability specialist in the Office of Sustainability. “They offer the chance to show the campus in a different way. We are offering them on multiple days and times to encourage as much participation as possible.

On Earth Day from 10 to 2 at their table near the Rivera Library, the Office of Sustainability will be inviting individuals to sow seedling that can either be planted in the UCR Community Garden or in home gardens.

R'Garden

The Dig N’ Dance will be held at the UCR Community Garden on Saturday, April 26, 2014 and will include food, music and education. Photo Courtesy of Office of Sustainability

Finally, on Saturday, the UCR Community Garden will host its annual Dig N’ Dance from 5 to 7 p.m. This event combines live music, free food, orange picking, and opportunities to learn more about sustainability efforts here on campus. The community garden is located next to Lot 30 on the west side of campus and parking is free.

The Office of Sustainability is also sponsoring a week-long photo contest and is seeking photos in two categories: 1) nature and 2) human-nature interaction. Photos must be taken during the month of April and emailed to jenny.low@ucr.edu. Winners will be chosen on April 28, with the winners in each category receiving a $50 award. In addition, the top three photos will be displayed in the Orbach Library lobby between April 29 and May 9 and will also be published on Sustainability website and social media sites.

“The contest is designed to celebrate and appreciate nature, and our connection to it,” Low said.

There will be no Earth Week events tabling on Thursday, April 24 as the campus hosts the Investiture of Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox.

Earth Day has been celebrated since 1970, when the first event placed environmental concerns at the forefront of the public consciousness.

Earth Week Event Schedule

Saturday, April 19

Extreme Green Fest — Noon–3 p.m. at Family Housing Park (800 Cherry Street, Riverside, CA)

Get a head start on Earth Week and celebrate sustainability at this free event featuring rock climbing, interactive “Going Green” booths, demos, an e-waste recycling center, and much more. A family-friendly event free to UCR Housing residents & the UCR community. Remember to bring your own water bottle!

Monday, April 21

Bike Tour — 10–11 a.m. and 1–20 p.m. at Rivera Library

Pedal your way around campus on this guided tour with stops at fix-it stations, pomegranate trees, and a parked shuttle van where we’ll demonstrate exactly how to load a bike onto those racks on the front of buses. Participants will receive a t-shirt and will have the opportunity to register their bicycles. Limited to 15 participants per tour. RSVP by emailing jenny.low@ucr.edu.

Tuesday, April 22 — Earth Day

Planting Start-Up — 10 a.m.–2 p.m. all day at the Bell Tower/Rivera Library

Celebrate Earth Day with new plantings and growth! Sow seedlings from cantaloupes, chili peppers, herbs, and spring vegetables into small pots to take back home or to be planted in the UCR Community Garden (R’Garden). Seeds, soil, and pots will be provided at no charge. Just drop by our table near the lawn of Rivera Library and the Bell Tower.

Bike Tour — 10–11 a.m. and 1–2 p.m. at Rivera Library

Pedal your way around campus on this guided tour with stops at fix-it stations, pomegranate trees, and a parked shuttle van where we’ll demonstrate exactly how to load a bike onto those racks on the front of buses. Participants will receive a t-shirt and will have the opportunity to register their bicycles. Limited to 15 participants per tour. RSVP by emailing jenny.low@ucr.edu.

Sustainability Tour — 10–11 a.m. and 1–2 p.m. at Rivera Library

Walk around campus on this guided tour to check out model green buildings and newly installed solar benches, as well as, learn the hidden locations of kumquat, sweet lime, and avocado trees. Both your mind and stomach will be fed on this tour. Don’t forget to bring a bag for the fruits! Limited to 20 participants. RSVP by emailing jenny.low@ucr.edu.

Wednesday, April 23

Sustainability Tour — 10–11 a.m., Noon–1 p.m., and 1–2 p.m. at Rivera Library

Walk around campus on this guided tour to check out model green buildings and newly installed solar benches, as well as, learn the hidden locations of kumquat, sweet lime, and avocado trees. Both your mind and stomach will be fed on this tour. Don’t forget to bring a bag for the fruits! Limited to 20 participants. RSVP by emailing jenny.low@ucr.edu.

Lecture on Global Warming — 5:30–6:30 p.m.

Scott L. Wing, who uses fossil plants to reconstruct past climates and local environments, will give a free public lecture titled ““Global Warming 56 Million Years Ago: What It Means for Us.”  The hour-long talk will begin at 5:30 p.m. in Conference Rooms D and E, UCR Extension Center (UNEX), 1200 University Ave., Riverside.

Friday, April 25

Power Activities — All Day at the Bell Tower

Drop by our table at the Bell Tower to hear about UCR’s multitude of energy projects – e.g. solar farm, UCR’s Mobile Renewable Energy Generator (M.R.E.G.), and solar benches.

Sustainability Tour — 10–11 a.m. and 1–2 p.m. at Rivera Library

Walk around campus on this guided tour to check out model green buildings and newly installed solar benches, as well as, learn the hidden locations of kumquat, sweet lime, and avocado trees. Both your mind and stomach will be fed on this tour. Don’t forget to bring a bag for the fruits! Limited to 20 participants. RSVP by emailing jenny.low@ucr.edu.

Saturday, April 26

Dig N’ Dance — 4–7 p.m. at UCR Community Garden (Lot 30)

Free event for the whole community featuring live music, free food, earthen bench building, rock climbing, as well as, demonstrations of the solar generator built, operated, and maintained by UCR students. You also get the chance to pick and take home the ripening Valencia oranges. So relax, dance, eat, workout, and meet some amazing people at our campus community garden!
Location: UCR Community Garden. The garden is located in the far-end of Lot 30. An aerial map can be found at this link: http://cultivaterspace.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/community-garden-map.jpeg

Media Contact


Tel: (951) 827-5893
E-mail: ross.french@ucr.edu

Additional Contacts

Sustainability Specialist Jenny Low
Tel: (951) 827-7376
E-mail: jenny.low@ucr.edu

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