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Earth Week

The Georgia State Office of Sustainability partners with student groups and outside organizations annually to recognize Earth Day by hosting numerous events in a week-long celebration on campus.

Earth Day is on April 22 and is observed internationally. The day was designed to acknowledge environmental achievements and encourage participants to protect the earth for future generations.  Senator Gaylord Nelson and Harvard University graduate Denis Hayes organized the first Earth Day in 1970, and since then its popularity has grown.

We invite the Georgia State University community and beyond to come to one or all of the events planned throughout Earth Week held on the multiple Georgia State campuses. If you would like to volunteer to help during the week sign up for our newsletter or follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Earth Week 2017 was a huge success! Thank you to all who volunteered and participated this year, we couldn’t have done it without you! Check out our photos and events to see this year’s highlights:


Art in the Garden
Botanical Garden, Decatur Campus
1-3 p.m.
View student and faculty artwork and poetry among the native plants and flowers. Free plants and seeds while supplies last. Refreshments provided.


Frisbee and Tie-Dye in Hurt Park - Hosted by SET
Hurt Park, Atlanta Campus
12-2 p.m.
Bring your own items to tie-dye, or, if you're a student, pick up a free SET t-shirt to tie-dye and take with you! Supplies limited.

Hay Bale Gardening
Community Garden (Between SA and SF Buildings), Decatur Campus
2-3 p.m.
Learn how to grow plants using hay or straw bales. Free plants and seeds while supplies last.

Art Expo "Bridging Sustainability and Art" - Hosted by SET
Student Center West Room 460/462, Atlanta Campus
5:30-7:30 p.m.
View various pieces of art (writing, film performance, photography, visual arts) highlighting the environment. 
Submit your projects for the second annual Sustainable Art Show by April 11 to setribe@gmail.com with the subject “Expo Submission." Your student submission could win! Please include your phone number, clip or sample of the art, and the category of your submission:

  • Visual Art
  • Photography
  • Performance (music, dance or film) [four minute maximum duration for dance and music; five minute maximum duration for film]
  • Literary


Earth Week Expo
Outside the Gym in SC Building, Decatur Campus
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Meet with various companies and learn how they protect the environment and perform sustainable practices. Free lunch for students who complete a stamp card. Giveaways and prizes from raffles.

Sustainability Speaker Jarami Bond, Sustainability Coordinator at Interface
Student Center East Room 216, Atlanta Campus
11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Learn about Interface’s mission zero and climate take-back initiatives, as well as personal advice on career success and global impact. Receive a free lunch and copy of “Mid Course Correction” by Interface founder, Ray Anderson.

"Greening the Downtown Connector: Managing Atlanta's Stormwater with Natural Infrastructure" with Jenny Hoffner
Classroom South Room 609, Atlanta Campus
12-1 p.m.
Stormwater from the downtown connector can be a big deal for the communities below. Join us to learn about the plans and efforts with Georgia Department of Transportation to use natural infrastructure to deter flooding and manage stormwater right near campus. More green infrastructure is coming our way!

Sustainability Speaker P.J. Newcomb, Sustainability Program Manager at Coca-Cola North America
Student Center East Room 218, Atlanta Campus
2-3 p.m.
Whatever your definition of sustainability is, the challenges and opportunities are bigger than any one organization can tackle alone. This talk will explore how Coca-Cola relies on strong partnerships and innovation to achieve its sustainability goals. Light refreshments provided.

Solar Eclipse 2017 Talk
Room SB 2140, Decatur Campus
2:30-3:30 p.m.
Learn about the upcoming solar eclipse on August 21! Free solar eclipse glasses while supplies last. Light refreshments provided.

Community Garden Service
Community Garden (Between SA and SF Buildings), Decatur Campus
2:30-4:30 p.m.
Help plant, weed, harvest and learn about what is growing the garden. Free plants and seeds while supplies last. Light refreshments provided.

Make a Birdfeeder - Hosted by SET
Student Center East Room 218, Atlanta Campus
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Make and decorate a bird feeder to keep!
Students only please as supplies are limited.


Hurt Park Clean-Up
Hurt Park, Atlanta Campus
10-11 a.m.
Join Sustainability Initiatives, Park Pride and other community volunteers for a park clean-up and facilitated discussion regarding the value of urban greenspaces.

T-Shirt Dyeing
Lawn Outside the Community Garden (Between SA and SF Buildings), Decatur Campus
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Use Inkodye to sun-dye a t-shirt! Explore other natural means of dyeing clothing using common plants. Dye a shirt and take it home!

Working Green: Sustainable Career Paths Panel Discussion and Networking - Sponsored by University Career Services
Student Center West Room 460/462, Atlanta Campus
12-1:30 p.m.
Learn about pathways into the fields of sustainability, environment and infrastructure as we partner with University Career Services to bring you a panel discussion and networking event! These careers encompass a wide range of public and private sectors and non-government organizations working together to support a healthy environment, society and economy. Light snacks and refreshments provided.
Register here!

How to Garden
Lawn Outside the Community Garden (Between SA and SF Buildings), Decatur Campus
*Rain location in SF 2100/2101, Decatur Campus
1:30-3 p.m.
Learn how to plant vegetables and start your own garden. Free plants and seeds while supplies last. Light refreshments provided.

Movie Double Feature: Catching the Sun and Before the Flood - Hosted by SET
Student Center East Room 216, Atlanta Campus
4-8 p.m.
Join us for movie showings and discussions of Before the Flood with Leonardo DiCaprio from 4-6 p.m. and Catching the Sun from 6-8 p.m.


Upcycling Event
Outside the Gym in SC Building, Decatur Campus
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Learn how to turn trash into treasure! Craft unique items to take with you and view upcycled items from 10,000 Villages. Giveaways and Prizes from raffles, with light refreshments provided.

Earth Day Festival
Hurt Park, Atlanta Campus
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Celebrate Earth Day with us! Join us for food trucks, King of Pops, yard games, shows by Southeastern Reptile Rescue, tons of vendors and giveaways and over 20 environmental organizations offering internship and volunteer opportunities! Have a bunch of items you're not quite sure how to recycle? Bring any of the following and we'll recycle them for you:

  • Batteries
  • Plastic bags
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Clothing and shoes
  • Personal electronics and cords

Snakes and the Environment Talk
Room SC 1125, Decatur Campus
12-1 p.m.
Learn about the benefits of having snakes in the environment and how the industry affects their livelihood. Live specimens! Light refreshments provided.

Solar Cooker Demonstration
The Quad (Between SA, SB and SC Buildings), Decatur Campus
12-2 p.m.
See a solar cooker in action! How long does it take to cook an egg using the sun? We'll find out!

Flint River Panel - Hosted by SET
Student Center West Room 464, Atlanta Campus
5:30-6:30 p.m.
You’ve heard about the lead in the water of Flint, but do you know what really happened? Come join us for a session of panelists on what happened, what’s happening and what’s next.


Botanical Garden Service
Botanical Garden, Decatur Campus
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Help weed, prune and plant native plants in the Botanical Garden. Free plants and seeds while supplies last.

Community Garden Open House
Community Garden (Between SA and SF Buildings), Decatur Campus
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Visit the garden and see what we’re growing and talk with student workers and learn about their experiences in gardening. Free plants and seeds while supplies last. Refreshments provided.

Standing Rock Panel - Hosted by SET
Student Center East Room 216, Atlanta Campus
12-2 p.m.
The Standing Rock community and the Water Protectors have held firm to protect the Ogallala Aquifer and the Missouri River and their drinking water against the Dakota Access Pipeline. The cause of the Sioux Tribe has drawn celebrities and allies from around the globe. Join us for a discussion on the current situation there and the environmental justice implications.