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Earth Week Events Highlight Environment and Social Justice

Humboldt State University joins universities and colleges around the country to celebrate Earth Week, a series of campus events leading up to Earth Day on Sunday, April 22. Events are free and open to the public.

HSU’s celebration includes new student partnerships—including Latino Outdoors and Oh SNAP!—reflecting this year’s theme of “Come Together” and emphasis on social justice aspects of environmental topics.

Highlights of Earth Week events are below. For the full schedule go here.

Monday, April 16
HSU Campus Garden/Grounds Walking Tour
“The Value of a Diversified Landscape”
UC Quad
4- 5 p.m.
Campus gardening specialist Larry Nichols leads a walking tour about select campus plants and their companion pollinators. One of the assessment tools for landscape success is its ability to attract and support pollinators. Nichols will share his experience with the HSU landscape and philosophies on landscape success. (Tour also offered Thursday, April 19, 2 – 3 p.m.)

Weigh the Waste
Jolly Giant Commons Dining Hall
5- 7 p.m.
A behavior change campaign that aims to make students/faculty more aware of the food waste they generate and empower them with solutions to prevent and minimize this material from being generated in the first place. This is done by weighing food waste, teaching them how to properly sort their food waste and asking critical thinking questions about how to reduce food waste. (Also offered Tuesday, April 17 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Depot; Thursday, April 19 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Depot; and Friday, April 20 from 5 – 7 p.m. in the Jolly Giant Commons Dining Hall)

Tuesday, April 17
Reusable Mug Sale
Art Quad
Noon- 2 p.m.

Recycling Tour
Facilities Management building
1- 1:45 p.m. and 3 – 4 p.m.
A recycling walking tour with Pedro Martinez, Equipment Operator and Recycling Specialist from Facilities Management, who will talk about hazardous materials, E-waste, metal and special materials recycling, food waste, green waste, and composting. Information will include sorting techniques and campus collections equipment. (Also offered Thursday, April 19)

Composting Workshop
Campus Center for Appropriate Technology
2- 3 p.m.

Moon Cycle/Self Care
Nelson Hall East 106
5- 6 p.m.
As a part of Earth Week’s Workshop Day M.E.Ch.A de HSU and the Womxn’s Resource Center will be hosting a Moon Cycle and Self Care Workshop, which will introduce alternative and sustainable forms of menstrual gear, while also learning more of womxn’s menstrual cycle and its connection to the earth.

Guided Hike of Arcata Forest
Meet at 14th & Union streets
6- 7 p.m.

Wednesday, April 18
Bike Ride
Harry Griffith Hall Zagster Bike Station
3- 4:30 p.m.
A mellow group bike ride to the Arcata Marsh and along the Arcata Bike Trail, with a pit stop at Arcata Scoop. Bring your own bike or check out one of HSU’s Zagster bikes for FREE.

Presentation: How Sustainable Is HSU?
Kate Buchanan Room
3:45- 4:15 p.m.
The Office of Sustainability hosts a presentation that explores the question: How Sustainable is HSU? Presentation will be based on findings from the Sustainability, Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS) that campus completed in spring 2017.

Sustainability Panels: Sustainable Students and Sustainable Businesses
Kate Buchanan Room
4:30- 6 p.m.
A look at student sustainability efforts. Panel includes M.E.Ch.A., Latino Outdoors, Womyn’s Resource Center, Green Campus, and CCAT.

Trashion Show
Kate Buchanan Room
6 – 8 p.m.
Green Campus’ 2nd Annual Trashion Show Competition, a fashion show of outfits made from trash and recycled materials. These outfits will be worn down a runway and judged by a panel of staff and faculty judges.

Thursday, April 19
Idea Fest
3- 5 p.m.
An annual showcase of research and creative projects generated by students, staff, and faculty. More than 300 participants will showcase their research, special performances, digital projects, and more!

Documentary Screenings
The Great Invisible and If a Tree Falls
Forestry building 201
3- 6 p.m.
The Great Invisible takes a look at the 2010 BP Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. If A Tree Falls explores the term of “eco-terrorism” and is about environmental activists from the Earth Liberation Front using radical actions to save the forests from non-sustainable forest practices and why they felt necessary to go to such extreme lengths to defend the planet.

Keynote Speaker Banquet
Marlon Gil, Humboldt Permaculture Guild, and Lonny Grafman, HSU Environmental Resources Engineering instructor
The Great Hall
6 – 7 p.m.
Event is open to students, staff, and faculty.

Documentary Screening
“Seed: The Untold Story”
The Great Hall
7:15- 10 p.m.
This documentary follows the work of seed protectors battling to defend and revive a culture connected to seeds in which biotech chemical companies are attempting to control.

Friday, April 20
Privilege & the Environment
Nelson Hall East 106
Noon- 2 p.m.
Arcata is known for its outdoorsy, new-age, open-minded culture. So why is the topic of race often absent from these circles? In this workshop, we will deconstruct the ways in which racism and white privilege have historically operated in the environmental movement and discuss possible solutions toward dismantling white supremacy in Humboldt’s environmental culture.

Saturday, April 21
Arcata Farmers Market
Arcata Plaza
9 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Purchase the freshest Humboldt-County grown and GMO-free produce along with plants, meats, and other products. There’s also live music, info booth for educational materials, recipes and garden growing guides, plus a few select farmer’s market merchandise items for sale.

Sunday, April 22
Earth Day Clean Up
Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center
10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Humboldt Baykeeper will host the biannual Indian Island kayak paddle and cleanup on Sunday, April 22. Event is free – kayaks, gear, and guides provided – but RSVP is required.