Thank you for visiting the Earth Month Calendar of Events hosted by the University of Delaware Sustainability Task Force! Please see below for all of the engaging opportunities happening around campus for Earth Month.
Environmental Health Kiosk
Wednesday, April 4
Trabant Food Court
As part of National Public Health Week, the Health Equity Club presents an educational kiosk where you can learn about things you can do to improve the environmental health of your community and take home a build-your-own planter!
Film Screening: Chasing Coral
Wednesday, April 4
101 Brown Lab
Coral reefs around the world are dying at an unprecedented rate. In this highly acclaimed film, a team of intrepid divers, photographers, and scientists set out on a thrilling and arduous ocean adventure to discover why and document this phenomenon for the world. Dr. Danielle Dixson, assistant professor in the School of Marine Science and Policy, will lead a discussion after the film. Hosted by the Delaware Environmental Institute; contact Beth for more information.
Sustainable Foods Conference
Saturday, April 7
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
006 Willard Hall Education Building
Students 4 the Environment at the University of Delaware are partnering with Green Allies to present this regional conference focused on how colleges can address food sustainability on campus — before, during and after consumption. Students will have the chance to network with other schools working on sustainable food projects, and speakers will include students, professors, and professionals with experience in sustainable food. Check in begins at 9:00 a.m.
Film Screening: Voices Not Heard: The Climate Fight of Malaysian Youth
Tuesday, April 10
206 Kirkbride Hall
As climate change begins to wreak havoc, especially on the world’s developing nations, a 23-year-old Malaysian activist travels to Paris to represent young people from countries like his at the COP21 climate negotiations. His journey to discover his role as an activist on a global stage, to speak up for the underrepresented Global South, and to continue fighting now in the face of U.S. abandonment of the Paris Agreement, provides insights into the world of international climate negotiations and activism that is rarely seen by the public. The Delaware Environmental Institute Ambassadors are hosting this special film screening and talk by the film’s director/producer, Scott Brown. See the film trailer here. Contact Beth for more information.
Flint Rising: A Call to Protect Our Water and Our Human Rights
Wednesday, April 11
127 Memorial Hall
Gina Luster, co-founder of Flint Rising, will speak about her experience in forming a coalition of residents, community and labor groups, and progressive allies in response to the water emergency declaration in Flint, Michigan, after the discovery of lead contamination in the city’s water supply. Flint Rising and its partners are working to ensure that directly impacted people are building the organizing infrastructure and leadership necessary for the long fight for justice ahead and creating the future that Flint families deserve. She is also director of Dying for a Drink, a community group that provides services for families in crisis, water education, water distribution, and training in water and filtration services.
Hosted by the Department of Africana Studies and co-sponsored by the Black Student Union, the Center for Black Culture, the Delaware Environmental Institute, the Vice Provost for Diversity, the Center for Science, Ethics, and Public Policy, and Delaware Concerned Residents for Environmental Justice. Contact Jeffrey for more information.
Film Screening: Tidewater
Wednesday, April 11
Main Street Movies 5, Newark Shopping Center, Main Street
The College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment is hosting this screening and panel discussion. The event is free but reservations are required — reserve your seats via this link. The film highlights the efforts of the Hampton Roads, Virginia, community — home to the highest concentration of military assets in the country — to respond to rising sea levels. The panel discussion includes oceanography professor Chris Sommerfeld, Delaware Sea Grant Marine Advisory Service coastal hazards specialist Danielle Swallow, and Lewes-based photographer Judy Rolfe, who was an assistant producer on the film. Contact Mark for more information.
City of Newark Spring Community Clean Up
Saturday, April 14
8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Meet at City of Newark Municipal Building
Grab your family and friends and come make Newark beautiful. Join us at the City of Newark Municipal Building on Saturday morning in April and get an early start to your Earth Day celebrations. Trash bags and a volunteer snack will be provided to all who help (T-shirts will be given to the first 200 volunteers). DuPont and Dow have been proud sponsors of this event.
For additional information or to volunteer for the clean-up, please call the Recreation Office at (302) 366-7000.
Symposium: Earth’s Carbon Cycle in the 21st Century: Climate, Ecosystems, and Energy
Wednesday, April 18
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Trabant Multipurpose Room
To honor UD alumna Susan Trumbore for winning the 2018 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Earth and Environmental Sciences, the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, its Department of Geological Sciences, and the Delaware Environmental Institute are co-sponsoring this symposium which includes speakers and a poster session. For more information or to register to attend or present a poster, visit the event website. Registration deadline is April 11. Contact Mark for more information.
UD Sustainability Task Force Open Forum
Wednesday, April 18
The University of Delaware Sustainability Task Force invites you to attend an open forum to receive updates regarding the development sustainability initiatives within the University of Delaware Community Engagement Initiative. Light zero-waste refreshments will be served. Contact Katie for more information.
Earth Day of Service
Sunday, April 22
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
White Clay Creek State Park
Bring friends, get you hands dirty, and make Earth Day 2018 mean something! The Collaborative Environmental Council, a coordinating organization for student environmental groups on campus, is organizing this day of service in cooperation with state park staff — exact tasks for the day will be determined by the number of people who sign up.
Environmental Case Competition
Wednesday, April 25
005 Kirkbride Hall
UD undergrads, competing as individuals or teams, have submitted their proposals for making the University of Delaware campus more environmentally sustainable. The finalists will present their ideas in a public forum before a panel of judges who will decide which teams will receive the $500 first prize and the $250 second prize. In addition, the winning proposals will be considered for funding and implementation by the UD Green Grants program. Sponsored by the Blue Hen Economics Club, the Delaware Environmental Institute, and the UD Green Grants Program. See this webpage or contact Victoria for more information.
Green Liaisons Lunch
Thursday, April 26
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Perkins Student Center, Ewing Room
The Green Liaisons will be hosting Dr. Danielle Dixson. Dr. Dixson is an Assistant Professor in the School of Marine Science and Policy whose research focuses on understanding the impacts human changes to the environment have on animal behavior. Dr. Dixson will discuss her research regarding coral reefs and within the Delaware Bay to investigate topics such as climate change, pollutants, habitat degradation, and species interactions. Contact Katie for more information.
Saturday, April 28
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Ag Day is a community event that brings agriculture and natural resources to life for the approximately 8,000 people who attend each year. Through educational exhibits, tours, and activities, our exhibitors educate everyone, from schoolchildren to homeowners, senior citizens to teenagers, about the world of agriculture and natural resources. Adding to the fun are our many supplemental vendors, who provide food and entertainment for our guests. Find a website full of Ag Day information here.
Kerr Lecture: Modeling to Support Regional Hurricane Risk Management Policy Design
Monday, April 30
3:00 p.m. Reception, DuPont Hall lobby
4:00 p.m. Lecture, Mitchell Hall
Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria did $265 billion in damage in 2017, making them three of the five costliest hurricanes in U.S. history. Engineers are working on strategies to mitigate these losses, such as improved systems for insurance and retrofit. Linda K. Nozick, director of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University, will deliver the annual Kerr Lecture, speaking on a dynamic computational framework of tightly coupled integrated mathematical models that explicitly integrates the perspectives of homeowners, insurance carriers, and the government to understand how different policies impact uninsured regional losses. In her lecture, she will describe a detailed case study of residential eastern North Carolina.
The Dark Snow Project: Climate Change Up Close
Tuesday, May 1
206 Kirkbride Hall
Peter Sinclair, a videographer specializing in climate change and renewable energy solutions, will be on campus to speak about The Dark Snow Project, a crowd-funded science and communication effort focused on the Greenland ice sheet and sea level rise, where he serves as media director. Sinclair also produces the video series “This Is Not Cool” for Yale Climate Connections. His multimedia-rich presentations have earned him the 2017 Friend of the Planet Award by the National Center for Science Education, and he has been called “the sharpest climate denial debunker on YouTube” and “the most important videographer on the planet.”