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Earth Month

April showers bring May flowers, and May brings final exams. More than simply marking the end of classes, April also is Earth Month!

Dating back to 1970, both Earth Month and Earth Day have become times when we focus our energies on our environment and the things that we can do to make it better.

Here at UT, we take Earth Month seriously—filling the days and weeks with events, activities, and programs that promote the work we do year-round to Make Orange Green. Take a look at the events you can take part in here on campus and in the greater Knoxville community.

Make Orange Green Events

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These events are run through our office or in partnership with one of our many on-campus partners. All of the below events will be “Green Events,” meaning they will run efficiently and be environmentally friendly.

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Quick Facts

  • When: Friday, April 5th
  • Where: Pedestrian Walkway
  • Who: Everyone!

Wear green on Big Green Friday (April 5th) to help us kick off Earth Month and support the university’s efforts to Make Orange Green. This event originated from the SGA Environment and Sustainability Committee, organized by the Office of Sustainability.

Join us on Pedestrian Walkway from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for giveaways, games, food, and fun, and don’t forget to wear green!

Quick Facts:

  • When: Friday, April 5th, 2–4PM
  • Where: Student Union Plaza
  • Who: Everyone!

Hosted with UT Recycling and the Free Store, we will be hosting a t-shirt to bag workshop! Everyone has t-shirts laying around that they don’t want anymore and aren’t really worth donating. Fortunately, we can save those shirts from the landfill in several ways!

Come see just how easy it is to turn those unwanted shirts into tote bags, grocery bags, beach bags, so many great bags! We will have a supply of shirts available for people to make and take, but we encourage you to bring your own as well!

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  • When: Monday, April 8th, 1–4PM
  • Where: The Grow Lab
  • Who: Everyone!

The Grow Lab will be hosting a Seed Bomb Workshop. Seed bombs are full of potential wrapped up in a pocket-sized ball of mud. They can make ugly, forgotten land beautiful and useful again; restore plant and wildlife populations; nourish and feed the soil, people and animals; bring communities together, educate and—importantly—bring joy.

This is a Make & Take workshop—we will show you how to make seed bombs, help you choose good seed combinations, and talk about where and how to deploy these little green revolutions. We will be focusing on local native wildflowers, including some that are endangered or threatened in our area, as well as pollinator friendly varieties!

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  • When: Tuesday, April 9th, 3-5pm
  • Where: Student Union, Phase II
  • Who: Open to all current students—RSVP on HandShake

In collaboration with Career Services, the annual Sustainability Career Mingle will occur on April 9th. This is a great chance for students to hear speakers talk about corporate impact careers, impact entrepreneurship, gap year impact and communicating your impact on your resume in PechaKucha 20×20 format. Then students will be able to interact with these organizations to hear about job, gap year experiences, internship and volunteer opportunities!

Speakers will be from Keep Knoxville Beautiful, the Center for Career Development, and Arconic.

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  • When: Wednesday, April 17th, 11AM – 3PM
  • Where: HSS Amphitheater
  • Who: Anyone is welcome

Join the UT community for our 2019 Earth Month Celebration on Wednesday, April 17th, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the HSS Amphitheater Lawn. The Earth Month Celebration will feature dozens of environmentally focused organizations from UT and the greater Knoxville community, as well as vendors, artisans, and businesses who promote sustainable practices. There will be free food, sustainable items, music, and much more. Don’t miss out!

Quick Facts:

  • When: Monday, April; 22nd 1 – 4PM
  • Where: The Grow Lab
  • Who: Anyone is welcome

To celebrate Earth Day, we will be working in the Grow Lab for a Regrowth Garden Workshop. At this workshop you will learn about the kinds of foods that regrow from scraps, how to prepare them, about container gardening, and even how to use other recycled items to help you grow your own food!

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Quick Facts:

  • When: Wednesday, April 24th, 6-8PM
  • Where: Baker Center, Toyota Auditorium
  • Who: Anyone is welcome

Each year, the Office of Sustainability and the Committee for the Campus Environment come together to celebrate environmental leadership in the UT community. The award ceremony recognizes students, faculty and staff members, as well as outstanding members of the greater Knoxville community, who help to Make Orange Green.

The CCE will review and vote on these nominations, and the awards will be presented at this event.

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Quick Facts:

  • When: Friday, April 26th from 12–2pm
  • Where: Outside Fred Brown Hall (along Andy Holt Ave)
  • Who: Anyone

This year, to celebrate National Arbor Day, which every year is held on the last Friday in April, we will celebrate our efforts in becoming a Bee Campus Certified University.

Be sure to stop by to hear from faculty and students about the important role bees and pollinators play in our community.

Learn more about Bee Campus.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering is such an important part of our efforts to Make Orange Green. In our month long campaign to teach the community why environmental conservation is so important, getting involved through volunteering is vital.

Here is a list of the volunteer opportunities through our office during the month of April:

Quick Facts:

  • When: Saturday, April 6th, 8am–12pm
  • Where: 2nd Creek
  • Who: Any current UT student

In partnership with Ijams River Rescue and UT Stormwater, we will be working along Second and Third Creeks for the annual River Rescue Clean Up. This is part of a big service day, where all over East Tennessee individuals will be cleaning up our rivers and streams.

Quick Facts:

  • When: Saturday, April 13th, 9am–12pm
  • Where: All over Knoxville
  • Who: Any current UT student

The Center for Leadership and Service partners with us for the the annual Sustainability Day of Service.

This year, this will be the April VOLServe day.

Where We’ll Be:

  • UT Grow Lab
  • Keep Knoxville Beautiful
  • Second Harvest Food Bank
  • More environmental organizations around Knoxville, check back soon for more

Quick Facts:

  • When: Wednesday, April 17, volunteers needed from 9am–4pm
  • Where: HSS Ampitheater
  • Who: Any UT student

Earth Month Celebration wouldn’t be possible without the help of our wonderful volunteers! Students can sign up for 2 hour shifts on the form linked below. Volunteers are needed starting at 9AM to help set up for the event. We also need volunteers to help run the Make Orange Green table throughout the event, and lastly volunteers are needed to break down the event after it ends at 3PM.

Community Events

The below community events are not affiliated with our office, but we encourage you to become familiar with all of the Earth Month events happening in the Knoxville community.

Quick Facts:

  • When: Saturday, April 20, 10am – 5pm
  • Where: Knoxville Botanical Gardens & Arboretum
  • Run by: CAC AmeriCorps
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EarthFest is an annual Earth Day celebration with several green objectives: provide family-friendly (pets included) environmental education, support our sustainable local marketplace, showcase responsible environmental leadership, and demonstrate low- to zero-waste principles.

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With quality arts and crafts booths, performing arts, and an expanded children’s creation station, several blocks of downtown Knoxville are transformed into a lively street fair for the Dogwood Arts Festival.