Earth Week brings campus-wide celebration of sustainability

Earth WeekAlthough Colorado State University embraces sustainability 365 days a year, Earth Week brings a fun and interactive celebration of all things eco-friendly. 

Earth Week will be held April 19-26 with a series of events featuring green initiatives across campus and opportunities for community members to embrace sustainability in their everyday lives. 

Tonie Miyamoto, Housing & Dining Services director of communications and sustainability, explained that events ranging from the 21st Century Energy Transition Symposium to a Trashion Show, sponsored by the Zero Waste Team, will spread the message of Earth Week all throughout the month of April. 

“Every year Earth Week on campus expands, and it’s really becoming Earth Month,” Miyamoto said. “I love that students, faculty, staff, and community partners come together to sponsor a wide range of educational and engagement programs that focus on the environmental, social and economic aspects of sustainability.”

CSU is hosting several pre-Earth Week events to help launch the celebration of sustainability, including the Water in Africa Symposium April 16-18. Earth Week will officially launch with the Tree Campus USA Planting on April 19 and continue with exciting and educational events featuring an Earth Day Festival on Monday, April 22, Plankton to Plastic Pollution presentation on Wednesday, April 24,  and E-Waste Collection and Compost Giveaway on Friday, April 26. 

“Earth Week is an opportunity for CSU to partner with community groups as well as other universities to engage with sustainability topics on campus, community and national level,” Miyamoto said. 

With CSU’s year-round commitment to environmentally conscious initiatives, Earth Week highlights the importance of sustainability as the community comes together in celebration of campus-wide achievements and goals for the future. Each event offers an opportunity to embrace eco-friendly living and make a difference for the planet, whether that means taking alternative modes of transportation, learning about the power of solar energy or simply taking small steps towards living green. 

“All of us can play a small part in reducing our carbon footprint and preventing climate change,” Miyamoto said. “By participating in just one event, a new resource can be discovered or a new practice introduced to help make a difference.”