Earth Week at Radford University


Celebrate Earth Day 2020 Wherever You Are!

Celebrating Earth Day this year is going to look a lot different than it has 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 50th 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

Monday, 4/20

12PM - 1PM Batten Hour with Sara Hughes, author of "Repowering Cities"

Brought to you by UVA School of Leadership & Public Policy and Office of Sustainability. Thanks!

Join us for a special Earth Day Batten hour as we hear from Sara Hughes, author of Repowering Cities. City governments are rapidly becoming society's problem solvers. As Sara Hughes shows, nowhere is this more evident than in New York City, Los Angeles, and Toronto, where the cities' governments are taking on the challenge of addressing climate change. Tune in as Hughes discusses the policy agendas city governments develop for reducing GHG emissions and the governing strategies they use to implement these agendas.

Register Here and the link will be sent to you.

Tuesday, 4/21

4PM - 5PM Shifting Priorities in a Time of Crisis

Brought to you by William & Mary Office of Community Engagement and Office of Sustainability! Thanks!

This discussion is led by Mr. Bilstrom, the CEO of an outdoor equipment company who, in light of COVID-19, pivoted his factory to manufacturing medical supplies. In this discussion we’'ll discuss how we can make decisions as active citizens to prioritize community in these circumstances.

Join Here!

Wednesday, 4/22

12PM - 1:15PM: Undergraduate Stormwater Certification Course – Webinar!

Brought to you by Radford University Sustainability and the National Stormwater Center!

“Students seeking environmental science and engineering degrees rarely receive training in National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits, yet this is an area that they need to understand when they enter the workforce. The National Stormwater Center is bringing you the Undergraduate Stormwater Certification Course provides needed and specific training to these students who will become our future regulatory authority leaders, NPDES permittees, environmental engineers, and environmental consultants.

The Certified Stormwater Student course specifically examines the Clean Water Act and NPDES permits with a focus on MS4 permits. The course additionally provides students with training on illicit discharges, where to look for them, and how to report them. Students will receive a Certified Stormwater Student Certificate upon completion of the class. This course can be used to build a resume that demonstrates interest, commitment, and knowledge of stormwater and environmental regulations.”


6:30PM: "Live from My Kitchen" with Chef and Manager of Fieldside Hannah Glick & Executive Catering Chef Chris Vozzo

Brought to you by Washington & Lee Student Activities, Office of Health Promotion, Dining Services, and Sustainability. Thanks!

Interested in shifting to a plant-based diet? Watch the pros do it in their in own kitchen!!

Join in at Instagram Live: @wlustudentactivities

Saturday, 4/25

1PM - 4PM: Uniting from Home with Katharine Hayhoe

Brought to you by Citizens Climate Lobby and UVA Office of Sustainability! Thanks!

As a pandemic upends our world, it reminds us of what really matters: the health and safety of our families and our loved ones, our communities and countries. Join Katharine as she connects the dots between our health and the health of our planet, and explains how burning fossil fuels and climate change threaten them both.

Register Here

Attend Here



Be Part of National Earth Day Celebrations!

The Green Program - Earth Week: 4/20 - 4/24, 2020 - Mobilizing Change

4 Days of Conversations to Catalyze Change for Sustainability

Tuesday, April 21st @ 12 PM ET - Engineering for the Environment - Discover the possibilities of engineering positive change with global industry change-makers from Dubai Electricity & Water Authority, NREL, Pfizer and NASA.

Wednesday, April 22 @ 12PM ET - Reinforcing Responsible Sourcing - Get a behind the scenes look at how brands like Fitbit, Nike, and Grounded Upcycling are prioritizing sustainability in their supply chains and new initiatives.

Wednesday, April 22 @ 3PM ET - The Future of Energy: Learn about the changing landscape of energy in our evolving world with speakers from IPS, NREL, Momentum, and ExxonMobil.

Thursday, April 23rd @ 12 PM ET - Consulting for Climate Change: Examine the role and impact of environmental consulting with speakers from Independent Power Systems, Arup, and a Graduate Student of Energy Systems from UC - Davis.

Thursday, April 23rd @ 3 PM ET - Rooting for Global Food Security: Join us as we rethink how we grow, share, and consume our food, and discuss local and global food security with speakers from Florida Impact, the United States Patent & Trademark Office, Cardinal Cupboard Food Pantry, and Grounded Upcycling.

Friday, April 24th @ 12 PM ET - Boots on the Ground: Turning Your Passion into Action, Featuring Special Guest: Pattie Gonia: Join a conversation with activist, influencer, and backpacking queen, Pattie Gonia, and discover how she turned her love for the "Mother Natch" into becoming a household name for outdoor activism and inclusion.

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Other Earth Week Events and Activities to Attend Virtually

April 1 - April 30: Earth Day Ecochallenge
Earth Day Ecochallenge is a 22-day environmental and social engagement program happening from April 1-22. Participants select actions to take that align with their values and make a 22-day commitment to complete those actions while reinforcing more sustainable habits.

April 1 - April 30: Turning Green Classroom
Turning Green Classroom is an interactive web-based platform to inform and inspire students with a 30-day lesson plan with simple, fun, impactful opportunities to dive into and champion eco and health-conscious activities.

April 22-26: March for Science Media Zone
March for Science will convene a virtual international civic forum with curated panels and interactive participations, in the spirit of the first Earth Day teach-ins.

April 22: EarthRise Digital Earth Day
Earth Day Network is coordinating a global digital mobilization that drives actions big and small, gives diverse voices a platform and demands bold action for people and the planet. Over the 24 hours of Earth Day, EARTHRISE will include global conversations, calls to action, performances, video teach-ins and more.

April 22: 24-Hour Webinar on Happiness & Sustainability Around the Earth
The Sustainable Development Solutions Network is hosting a 24-hour webinar event on Earth Day to explore the Sustainable Development Goals through the lens of well-being and happiness.

May 1: Faculty & Student Webinar on Community Choice Energy Management Opportunities

San Diego is making a bold move to 100% renewable energy and community choice energy. Learn about the new jobs and opportunities being created in Southern California and across the state!

Various Dates - Sunrise School
Sunrise Movement is hosting a series of short online educational programs focused on the Green New Deal, Movement Building, Organizing During the Coronavirus, and more.


Earth Day on Your Own Time

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

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!