From the Sustainability Office: Earth Day Activities

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It only comes once a year: a time to celebrate our planet! We offer some events and projects you can use to enhance your appreciation for the Earth we live on.

"Looking for a way to celebrate the planet this Earth Day? Spend the day at Discovery Green with live music performances, art fairs, science workshops, and the Flea by Night artisan eco-friendly market. Or, on April 22, join local or nationwide activists in the March for Science. With marches in Houston and Austin, as well as Washington, D.C., there are plenty of opportunities to get involved." — Katherine Zoellmer, Sustainability Intern

"What better way to engage with Earth than by volunteering to help it thrive? There are several Earth Day volunteering events all around Houston, such as bagging trash in public areas through the GreenUP Great American Cleanup or the community work day at Westbury Community Garden. Check out for more details on these events. Sometimes it’s hard to engage with the environment when you’re busy or transportation is limited, so try educating yourself on contemporary issues by listening to sustainability-focused podcasts such as Living on Earth or Costing the Earth." — Emma Foster, Sustainability Intern

"Celebrating Earth Day does not have to be elaborate. You can celebrate and help the Earth merely by going outside. Go for a walk. Sit outside. Our campus has several places to sit outside, especially with our recent additions of new hammocks. Own a bike? Go for a fun ride through campus or through Hermann Park. Bikes do not just have to be used for getting to class. Get reunited with the Earth and take a break from electricity. Get out there and see what all the Earth has to offer. Truly take a second to smell the roses." — Niki Parekh, Sustainability Intern

"What’s the best way to learn to appreciate the Earth? Spend time outside! The Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park has free shows that let you enjoy fresh air. On Earth Day, the theatre will host Che Malambo, an Argentinian dance performance. Don’t limit yourself to only Earth Day, though. The Miller Outdoor Theatre has performances all throughout the year, all outdoors." — Gennifer Geer, Sustainability Intern