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UTK Earth Week 2022

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is celebrating Earth Day 2022 from April 18 to April 22 with a week full of engaging events hosted by a variety of student organizations. This week is a partnership between the Campus Events Board, Student Government, and the Office of Sustainability. Our goal with the week long celebration of  Earth Week is to celebrate, educate, and connect the different facets of environmentalism on campus. Food, plants, and other goodies will be provided by community partners for all participants within the UTK community.  


The week will culminate in the Earth Day Festival on Friday April 22nd, an outdoor celebration held in the Student Union Plaza beginning at 7:00pm. The evening will kick off with a Sustainable Fashion Show sponsored by the UTK Free Store, featuring a variety of different up-cycled pieces created and styled by members of the campus community. 

 Any student organization or department interested in hosting an event as part of Earth Week, or being involved in the festival itself can sign up at the link here by Friday, April 15th. 

Additional events are open to the campus community:

    • Earth Week Kick-Off: Dye the Fountain / Slap the Rock 
      • Monday, April 18th 
      • 1-3pm, HSS Fountain & The Rock 
      • Let’s celebrate the beginning of Earth Week by dying the HSS Europa and the Bull Fountain green! We’ll then make our way down to The Rock, where students can leave their handprint on the campus landmark!

    • Net Impact Sustainability in Business Panel 
      • Tuesday, April 19th 
      • 2-3pm, Haslam 601 
      • Come learn about how the Sustainability and Business worlds are becoming more and more intertwined in this panel hosted by the Haslam College of Business!

    • Grab and Grow Pot Painting w/ Compost Coalition 
      • Wednesday, April 20th 
      • 11am-2pm, HSS Lawn 
      • Take a break under the sun and let your creativity flow!  UT’s Office of Sustainability will provide pots and paints, soil and compost, and seeds of your choosing to plant in a pot and take home all free of cost.

    • UTK Sustainability Panel: Past, Present and Future 
      • Thursday, April 21st
      • 5:30pm, Student Union Room 362A 
      • Join us for an interactive panel with campus sustainability stakeholders. Students are encouraged to attend and prepare questions for the panelists.    


Seed Starting Party with the Grow Lab and Pendergrass Seed Library 

    • Friday, April 22nd
      • 12-1pm,Grow Lab (2019 Terrace Ave)
      • Help celebrate the opening of Pendergrass Library’s Seed Library with the Grow Lab at our garden space!  Not only do seed libraries provide seeds at no charge, but they provide heirloom and native seeds that help preserve local biodiversity. This will be an interactive event – participants will get to learn about seed libraries, preserving biodiversity, and get their hands a little dirty with helping plant the seeds at the Grow Lab. 


For a full list of programs during “Earth Week,” see the campus events calendar at