Earth Week at Radford University


Celebrate Earth Day 2021 Wherever You Are!

Celebrating Earth Day in 2020 and 2021 is different than it has been in the past. While it's disappointing that we can't all physically be together, this time has provided us with the opportunity to collaborate with friends and colleagues in Virginia, across the country, and around the world. 

Through the Virginia Association of Sustainability in Higher Education (VASHE), Radford University is joining forces with our friends at other Virginia institutions to bring you virtual events to commemorate Earth Day and Earth Week. 

Additionally, organizations around the world are offering events and workshops you can participate in remotely. Attend lectures and workshops by sustainability experts from the public and private sector across the country and around the world. 

On this page, you can find a diverse list of ways to celebrate the 51st Anniversary of Earth Day! There are events and activities available to you every day. Join in a virtual group event or choose activities that you can do alone. It's all here. 

Earth Day Activities for You - From Radford University and Across the Commonwealth!

Earth Week Events from Around Virginia

Sunday, April 18, 2021 

Making Your Voice Heard. How CCL Uses Grassroots Lobbying to Affect Policy Change and How You Can Help!

Join Citizens Climate Lobby in a discussion on methods to become a more politically engaged citizen while also learning more about CCL and their goals.

Sponsor: Citizens Climate Lobby 

Time: 3-4 PM

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 930 5235 3953

Passcode: 671776 


Tuesday, 4/20, at 6PM

Certified Stormwater Student Course

On Tuesday, April 20 at 6PM that National Stormwater Center will host a virtual course for Virginia students to learn about stormwater runoff, the Clean Water Act, and the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4). Participants will earn a student stormwater certification from the National Stormwater Center.

The course is free to all students.



2021 William & Mary Sustainability Symposium - Interconnectedness

From the global to the local scale, two keynote speakers will explore the interconnectedness of societies and ecosystems, arts and action, and individuals and impact. 

Tuesday, April 20 at 3PM - 4:30PM: A Discussion with Celine Cousteau

Wednesday, April 21, 6PM - 7:30PM: A Closer Look with Winona LaDuke

Registration Required: 


Earth Day, Thursday, April 22

VNDER (VA Network for Democracy and Environmental Rights)

Sunset Save Our Water Save Our Rights Earth Day Celebration: 6PM – 8PM

On April 22nd VNDER is hosting an event at Claytor Lake aimed at raising awareness for saving our water and giving it rights. The event will consist of cleaning up trash around the river and whoever collects the most will win a prize. 

More Event Information Here


Saturday, April 24, 2021

Broomin' and Bloomin' Litter Cleanup Event:
Time: 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Type of Event: In-person, outdoors

Contact Person: Bill Long,

More details: Volunteers help clean up roadsides, parks, streams, school grounds, and other public properties. Not only is it an excellent opportunity to protect our local environment, but it's also a good way to promote community pride and goodwill and help ensure that Montgomery County will be sustainable for generations to come.

Since 1983, individuals and groups have been invited to take part in this countywide cleaning effort. As in past years, participants will be picking up litter along area waterways, public parks/playgrounds, walking trails, roadways, and other public locations. Trash bags, gloves and safety vests will be provided. Filled trash bags will be picked up from each site that has been cleaned. The 38th annual Broomin’ and Bloomin’ spring clean-up event will be held on Sat., April 24 from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., RAIN OR SHINE. Please consider lending a helping hand for this important and enduring community event. Whether you participate for one hour or five each bag of trash collected makes a real difference! If you are interested in participating you can sign up online by visiting: If you have any questions please contact Bill Long, Sustainability Manager, by phone at (540) 394-2120 Ext. 54083 or by email at

Location: Various public locations across the county where litter collection is necessary. Most volunteers clean the same area(s) each year or have a location in mind. But, some request a location. In those cases, Bill Long works with the individual or group to designate an area that interests them.


Sunday, April 25, 1pm – 7pm

Blue Ridge Eco-Fair

Blue Ridge Eco-Fair provides a packed program of digital content with over 40 video stories, panel discussions, skill shares and opportunities for interaction.  Using the platform HOPIN, participants can join in interactive discussions with presenters and other Fair attendees. This will be a lively event with ample opportunity for exploration.

This year’s Eco Fair includes sections on Food & Growing; Energy & Transport; Simple Living and Earth Care. In addition there will be video stories from people who have made choices in their lives rooted in a commitment to a safer, healthier environment.

Tickets, including the film showings, are $5 and we are offering free tickets to students who register with a school email address.



Be Part of National Earth Day Celebrations!

4/22/21: Earth Day Virtual Events

Earth Day: April 22

12PM: Change Starts Here with Katharine Hayhoe.  

This Earth Day, join The Nature Conservancy in celebrating the environmental changemakers among us. Co-hosted by CEO Jennifer Morris and Chief Scientist Katharine Hayhoe, this free virtual event will feature innovative, inspiring leaders from across the globe who are making our world a place where people and nature thrive together. You’ll learn something new, gain a little hope for our future and have some fun as we blend Q&As with fun celebrity shout-outs and a musical performance by Singer, Songwriter & Activist Aloe Blacc. 

Register Here!


Cultivating Climate Resiliency: How North American Public Universities Are Addressing Climate Change

3:00 – 4:30pm


Join APLU on April 22, 2021 at 3pm EDT for a special Earth Day webinar on the role of public and land-grant universities in addressing the relationship between agriculture and climate change.

APLU’s North American member universities have a key role to play in helping to address the real threats that climate change presents. These threats have significant implications for everyone. How can public universities in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico work more collaboratively to address this global issue?

Register Here!



Earth Day on Your Own Time

Want to celebrate Earth Day any time? Check out these links, movies, and other resources!

Kiss the Ground 

Free For Students!

Kiss the Ground reveals that, by regenerating the world’s soils, we can completely and rapidly stabilize Earth’s climate, restore lost ecosystems and create abundant food supplies. Using compelling graphics and visuals, along with striking NASA and NOAA footage, the film artfully illustrates how, by drawing down atmospheric carbon, soil is the missing piece of the climate puzzle.

This movie is positioned to catalyze a movement to accomplish the impossible – to solve humanity’s greatest challenge, to balance the climate and secure our species future.

DC Environmental Film Festival: Learn something about sustainability and the environment and be entertained by an amazing film. At the DCEFF online, you can watch most films for free. Enjoy!

The Most Important Thing That You Can Do About Climate Change: TED Talk by Dr. Katherine Hayhoe

Frontline: Plastic Wars Documentary: With the plastic industry expanding like never before and the crisis of ocean pollution growing, FRONTLINE and NPR investigate the fight over the future of plastics.

Sustainability Guide for Staying Home During COVID-19: As we stay home, follow CDC Guidelines, and try to get some work done, how do we continue to advance our sustainability values, support our community and the people we care about, and keep ourselves safe and healthy?  The Radford University Sustainability Leadership Team interns have prepared a resource to help you. 

Join the 500 Club

Every time Radford University Professor Dr. Justin Askins goes out hiking, he also picks up trash that other people have left behind. He hasn't kept track of the amount of trash or pieces of litter he's cleaned up, but knows that it adds up fast. From his perspective, if everyone did this, there'd be no more litter on our trails and along our walking paths. 

This gave him the idea to promote and encourage others to pick up litter that he's calling "The 500 Club". 

When you're out hiking or walking, pick up the litter you see and count it. Work your way up to 500 pieces and you'll make it to the trail steward Hall of Fame - The 500 Club. 

Take photos of yourself along the way and send updates:

Twitter: @sustainable_RU

Instagram: rusustainability


Keep us posted!