There's a lot going on this earth week!

Hosted by the University of Virginia:

Monday, April 16

Batten Hour with Congressman Henry Waxman

11:30 AM-12:30 PM | Garrett Great Hall

Join the Batten School as we gain valuable insight into environmental policymaking from Congressman Henry Waxman. Congressman Waxman spent 40 years in the House of Representatives and served on the Energy & Commerce Committee, the Committee on Oversight & Government Reform, and the Subcommittee on Health and the Environment. He is widely recognized as one of the most accomplished and effective legislators of our time. Lunch provided for all attendees!

Earth Week Farmers Market

12:00-4:00 PM | Central Grounds Amphitheater

Kick off Earth Week by coming out to a Farmer’s Market in the Central Grounds Amphitheater! Featuring local produce, kimchi, desserts, nitro & cold brew coffee, brand new food trucks and more! Find out more about sustainable food initiatives at UVA and in the Charlottesville community. Meal plan holders can use their Plus Dollars or Cav Advantage to purchase goods.

Art Exhibit by @writeclimate*

12:00-4:00 PM | Central Grounds Amphitheater

*Week-long exhibit on view in Clark Hall Mural Room, April 17-23

Enjoy an exhibition of sculpture, collage, and other paper-based art about our shared climate story by the writeclimate project. The works are derived from pieces written by over 1200 people this semester. The papers have hand-written excerpts from key texts in our climate story—the history of climate science, clean air policy, and our own reflections on what climate change means to us and what we are doing about it. Compelling words, beautiful art.

Impact Investing in Water Panel

5:30-7:00 PM | Darden School of Business Room 50

Investing with a social and environmental impact ("impact investing") is increasingly valued, and relatively new in the water context. The Global Water Initiative has organized a panel in which Ecologists, Investors and Brokers will give us examples of successful and not-so-successful impact investments. They will discuss what features they each value most in those investments, and what they have learned so far in the relatively young history of impact investment in water.


Tuesday, April 17

Earth Week Expo: 100 Climate Solutions

11:00 AM-2:00 PM | Newcomb Ballroom

This year’s Earth Week Expo will introduce Project Drawdown’s top 100 solutions for reversing global warming. Project Drawdown is a global coalition of scholars, entrepreneurs, and advocates who are mapping, measuring, modeling, and communicating how existing technology and solutions can be scaled up to “draw down” carbon dioxide in our atmosphere. Some of the key solutions may surprise you, so come interact with local experts who represent the 100 solutions - from educating women and girls, to expanding wind energy, reducing food waste, and much more. Enjoy free snacks, sustainability starter kits, and other resources that will inspire you to take action!

Biophilia Walk

2:00-3:30 PM | Depart from UVA Chapel

Biophilia is the idea that humans possess an innate tendency to seek connections with nature and other forms of life. This Earth Week, come enjoy a guided stroll to learn about and appreciate the landscape of Central Grounds. This nature walk will be led by Music Collections Librarian and nature-lover, Winston Barham. Please register for this event. *Rain date April 19*

Open Shop at Community Bikes

3:30-7:00 PM | Community Bikes (405 Avon St.)

Earth Week is a great time to get ready for a car free summer! Come fix up your bike, get a bike, or volunteer to help. All are welcome to drop by any time during open shop hours. A 10 minute bike ride from the Rotunda.

Plant-Based Farm to Fork Meal

5:00-8:00 PM | Runk Dining Hall

Celebrate sustainability with food! On Tuesday, April 17th Runk Dining Room will feature a plant-based dinner in partnership with UVA Dining's favorite local partner Local Food Hub. Come enjoy the harvest of Virginia and learn about the benefits of a plant-based, locally inspired diet!

Oxfam America Speaker Series

7:00-8:00 PM | Newcomb Kaleidoscope Room

Nessa Stoltzfus Barge, the Volunteer and Youth Engagement Manager for Oxfam America, will be discussing Oxfam's various campaigns, including refugee rights and food sustainability, as well as ways for students to become involved in the humanitarian and sustainability communities.


Wednesday, April 18

Bike Maintenance Workshop

11:00 AM-1:00 PM | Outside Clark Hall

Take a break, check your breaks! Come out and learn how to inspect your bike and make minor repairs. We'll have knowledgeable volunteers on site to guide you through the process.

Reusable To-Go Box Lunch

11:00 AM-2:00 PM | Fresh Food Company at Newcomb Hall

The Fresh Food Co. Dining Hall will be handing out only reusable to-go boxes during lunch hours in celebration of Earth Week. With reusable to-go containers, students can enjoy their meal outside without having to send waste to the landfill. There will be collection stations for returning your to-go container on the Newcomb Patio and the Central Grounds Amphitheater.

Intersectional Sustainability with Nia Martin-Robinson

12:00-1:00 PM | Newcomb Kaleidoscope Room

Nia Martin-Robinson has been a strong advocate for environmental justice since 2001, working to bring the voices of people of color, Indigenous Peoples, and low-income communities to the climate policy debate. We’ll explore what sustainability champions absolutely must be doing to work toward true inclusion and how the social justice and climate action movements strengthen one another.

“What Lies Upstream” Film Screening & Panel

5:00-8:00 PM | Jefferson-Madison Regional Library (201 E. Market St.)

Join us for a screening of the documentary “What Lies Upstream” and a panel discussion centering on issues of environmental justice, water rights, and grassroots action. Part of the Food, Film, Forum series hosted by the UVA Food Collaborative.


6:00-8:00 PM | Newcomb Ballroom

SustainaBanquet is a dinner and awards ceremony for the sustainability community and friends. Awards will be presented for outstanding students, faculty, staff, and student organizations. Dress is semi-formal. The event will feature two sustainability speakers, a delicious meal, and a photobooth! Please RSVP.


Thursday, April 19

Pop-Up Composting

11:00AM-2:00PM | Central Grounds Amphitheater

Did you know food truck boxes are compostable? Drop off your boxes at our table in at the Amphitheatre and come learn about composting! We will provide information on how to compost and how diverting waste from local landfills can affect people around the world.

SustainaPitch Night: Cville, Planet, Progress

6:00-7:30 PM | Rotunda Multipurpose Room

The event will consist of pitches for projects that explore environmental sustainability with the Charlottesville community done by UVa students, CIOs, faculty, and staff. Contestants will participate in either the Large Category to win up to $1,500 or the Small Category to win up to $500.


Friday, April 20

Tech Takeback

8:00 AM-4:00 PM | The Park at North Grounds (1015 Massie Road)

This is an e-waste recycling event hosted by Information Technology Services to recycle old/unwanted personally owned electronics around UVA Grounds. Start hoarding all your tech junk & drop it off on April 20th or 21st! Here's more info on what you can and cannot e-cycle.

Clothing Swap & Gear Exchange

11:00 AM-3:00 PM | 1515 University

There are so many benefits of shopping second-hand over buying “fast fashion”, and you can see them for yourself! Come swap both men’s and women’s clothes in the upstairs rooms at 1515. Everyone is welcome to shop whether you bring in clothes or not!

Qi Gong in the Garden

12:00-1:00 PM | Garden X

Join CSC contemplative instructor Geoff Cox for a session of Qi Gong which is an ancient Chinese health care system that integrates low-impact physical postures, movements, breathing techniques, and focused intention. This session will particularly explore the interdependent relationship between our body and our environment and expand awareness of this fundamental interconnection. Qi Gong is a low-impact form of exercise that can be practiced by people of all fitness levels.

Contemplative Nature Exploration

1:30-2:30 PM | Garden X

Join CSC contemplative instructor Geoff Cox for an afternoon of contemplative based nature activities that explore our relationship with the natural world around us. These activities will include meditative walking, exploring our senses in the natural environment, and moments of stillness and observation.

Yoga in the Garden

3:00-4:00 PM | Garden X

Come enjoy an afternoon in nature and explore the deep connection between body, mind, and the natural world through a gentle yoga class designed for all levels and abilities.


Saturday, April 21

Tech Takeback

10:00 AM-3:00 PM | The Park at North Grounds (1015 Massie Road)

This is an e-waste recycling event hosted by Information Technology Services to recycle old/unwanted personally owned electronics around UVA Grounds. Start hoarding all your tech junk & drop it off on April 20th or 21st! Here's more info on what you can and cannot e-cycle.

Reservoir Tour Trek

1:00-5:00 PM | Ragged Mountain Reservoir

Join us for a tour of Ragged Mountain Reservoir, Charlottesville's primary clean water source, led by Brian Richter of the Nature Conservancy. Learn about the sustainable design of the reservoir and the impacts of Charlottesville's water demand on local ecosystems. Afterwards, enjoy the beautiful landscape on a scenic hike of the natural area. A free round-trip shuttle will leave from the UVA Chapel at 1:00pm & return by 5:00pm - email to reserve a spot. Limited parking is also available at the Reservoir. Please carpool or take the shuttle.

Alumni Panels for the University Community | Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, Removing the Last Hurdles to the Inevitable

2:00-3:00 PM | Rotunda West Oval Room

Over the past few years, there has been a Sea Change. Businesses, homeowners, and institutions, including our beloved UVA, are embracing both RE and EE as costs have plummeted & technology continues to improve. Nevertheless, hurdles persist in the realms of energy market structure, public policy, and financing. Come hear from UVA alumni who will talk about what is next in the energy revolution. Panelist will include: Sandy Reisky (Apex Clean Energy, Gen 180), Abby Johnson (Abacus Property Solutions), Danny Van Clief (Coronal Energy), and Will Cleveland (Southern Environmental Law Center).

Alumni Panels for the University Community | Environmental Policy and Advocacy, We have been training for just this moment.

3:00-4:00 PM | Rotunda West Oval Room

With the outcome of the Presidential Election of 2016, the world of environmental policy and advocacy shifted dramatically. Now nonprofits, cities, states, businesses, and other institutions have stepped forward to advocate for and shape environmental policy. Come hear from UVA alumni who are leading the charge to protect our natural environment. Panelists will include: Keya Chatterjee (US Climate Action Network), Rick Middleton (Southern Environmental Law Center), Lisa Manley (Sustainability at Mars, Inc.), and Elizabeth Beauvais (Corporate Sustainability Consultant).

Vegan and Sustainable Cooking Class

4:30-6:30 PM | The International Center (21 University Circle) | *Registration Required*

Student Laura Smith will be showing a group of people how to cook vegan beet burgers and teaching about her zero waste life. This event is full, but you may add your name to the waitlist.


Sunday, April 22

(Things to do after you go to the Eco Fair! :-) )

Big Spring Thing: Rebuild the Garden

3:00-6:00 PM | UVA Community Garden (corner of Alderman & McCormick Roads)

Our annual Big Spring Thing usually provides an opportunity for students to cross "Plant something in the Community Garden" off the "11n things to do before you graduate" list, but this year we will be rebuilding the entire garden. There will still be food and fun!

“Wasted!” Film Screening & Panel Discussion

7:00-10:00 PM | Alamo Drafthouse

Join us for a screening of Wasted! The Story of Food Waste, followed by a panel of local change agents in the food realm. Free admission with the purchase of a $5 food voucher. Check for availability!

Cinema Under the Stars: “Moana”

8:00-10:00 PM | O-Hill Field (rain location: Ern Commons)

The Clean Water Working Group will be hosting this event which will showcase a brief video about the history of water and stormwater at UVA, and will be followed by a free screening of Disney’s “Moana.”


Hosted by Indivisible Charlottesville, the City of Charlottesville, Albemarle County, the UVA Office of Sustainability, the Charlottesville Climate Collaborative, Sierra Club, Appalachian Voices, Charlottesville Renewable Energy Alliance, the Local Energy Alliance Program, Sigora Solar, Green Grannies - and us!

Monday, April 23

A Climate Conversation

6:30 - 8:30 PM | Carver Rec Center

Join us to learn what is being done in Virginia and here in our own community to address climate change, how it is affecting us now and will in the future, and what we can do in our daily lives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Conversation will empower our community to foster real change through education, engagement and action.