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Earth Month 2024

Earth Month is commemorated each April to honor the sustainable achievements of the previous year and promote sustainability on campus at UMD. Events are held throughout the month to encourage participation in local and global sustainable action. Join us in #DoingGood this April and attend some of the Earth Month events hosted on campus and in the local College Park community. 

Office of Sustainability Events

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Earth Fest

Join us for Earth Fest on Friday, April 19th from 11am-3pm on McKeldin Mall!

More Information on Earth Fest
Coffee Cups at the Farmer's Market

Staff & Faculty Farmer's Market Events

Staff & Faculty are invited to join us at the Farmer’s Market from 11am - 1pm on April 3rd, for a coffee chat, and April 17th, for an office plant giveaway! 

Earth Month Events by Week

Volunteer Work Hours at the Community Learning Garden

Monday, April 1st 3:00 - 4:00pm & Saturday, April 6th 10:00 - 11:00am

The Community Learning Garden at UMD hosts volunteer work hours throughout the Spring semester. Find more information here or sign up on this document. Follow @umdclgarden to stay updated on upcoming events!

 

Webinar: Growing Food and Community at Plantation Park Heights Urban Farm in Baltimore, MD. 

Wednesday, April 3rd 9:00 - 10:00am

Join the Global FEWture Alliance for the latest installment of their International Webinar Series. Guest speaker, Farmer Chippy, will be discussing the Plantation Park Heights Urban Farm in Baltimore. Webinar to be held via Zoom. Meeting ID: 924 4289 2664 Passcode: 259046 

 

Weed Warriors on Campus

Wednesday, April 3rd 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Weed Warriors on Campus is a volunteer event for UMD students that hosts educational invasive species removal events. We meet every other Wednesday, March to October, weather permitting. Register Here

 

36th Annual Potomac River Watershed Clean-up & Open House

Saturday, April 6th 9:00am - 2:00pm

The Alice Ferguson Foundation will be hosting their 36th annual Potomac River Watershed Clean-up & Open House. Join them on April 6th at their Environmental Campus: 2201 Bryant Point Rd. Accokeek, MD 20607. Register Here

Hyattsville Food Forest: Spring Cleaning!

Monday, April 8th 10:30am - 1:00pm at the Emerson Street Food Forest in Hyattesville, MD

Join the Global FEWture Alliance for a volunteer spring cleaning event at the Emerson St Food Forest. Expect to prune and prepare for the summer growing season. Dress appropriately. Please contact scotthm@umd.edu to sign up or message the team on Facebook

 

How to Finance Your Climate Impact Startup: Examining Alternatives to Venture Capital

Monday, April 8th 2:00 - 4:00pm, 8278 Paint Branch Dr.

The Maryland Energy Innovation Accelerator and Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute have teamed up to create the first ever Maryland Climate Tech Meetup. This session will examine government grants, non-dilutive funding solutions, debt-based sources of funding, and more. Register here

 

Volunteer Work Hours at the Community Learning Garden

Monday, April 8th 3:00 - 4:00pm, Thursday, April 11th 3:00 - 5:00pm, & Saturday, April 13th 10:00 - 11:00am

The Community Learning Garden at UMD hosts volunteer work hours throughout the Spring semester. Find more information here or sign up on this document. Follow @umdclgarden to stay updated on upcoming events!

 

Sustainable Ocean Alliance Litter Clean-Up

Sunday, April 14th at 11:00am

UMD's Sustainable Ocean Alliance is hosting a litter clean-up event on Sunday, April 14th at 11am. Follow @soaumd to stay updated on their events. 

Volunteer Work Hours at the Community Learning Garden

Monday, April 15th 3:00 - 4:00pm, Thursday, April 18th 3:00-5:00pm, & Saturday, April 20th 10:00 - 11:00am

The Community Learning Garden at UMD hosts volunteer work hours throughout the Spring semester. Find more information here or sign up on this document. Follow @umdclgarden to stay updated on upcoming events!

 

Weed Warriors on Campus

Wednesday, April 17th 1:00-3:00pm

Weed Warriors on Campus is a volunteer event for UMD students that hosts educational invasive species removal events. We meet every other Wednesday, March to October, weather permitting. Register Here

BikeUMD Presents: Shrek Ride

Monday, April 22nd 2:00 - 3:30pm

Happy 23rd Birthday, Shrek! Join BikeUMD as we bike through the swamps of College Park accompanied by the sweet sounds of the Shrek soundtrack. Wear your best Shrek costume for a chance to win some prizes! Register Here

 

Join the Community Learning Garden for a Planting Native Flowers Earth Day Event

Monday, April 22nd 3:00 - 5:00pm

Celebrate Earth Day with the Community Learning Garden's Planting Native Flowers event. Sign up here and follow @umdclgarden to stay updated on their events. 

 

ENST Earth Day

Monday, April 22nd 4:00 - 7:00pm

Join the Department of Environmental Science & Technology for their 2nd annual Earth Day Celebration in the Animal Sciences Courtyard. Check out the tentative schedule and register here!

 

Wild Hope: Indigenous Approaches to Land Management at UMD

Tuesday, April 23rd 4:00 - 5:30pm

Join Maryland Public Television at the Arboretum at UMD in ESJ 2208 for a screening of the new documentary series, Wild Hope, followed by a discussion led by Meg Smolinksi. Registration Required. Register Here

 

Terp to Terp Clothing Open Shop

Thursday, April 25th 2:30-3:30pm

Terp to Terp, our campus re-use store, will be hosting an open shop event on April 25th. Check out their website for more info or email terptoterp@umd.edu with any questions. 

 

Maryland Climate Action: Leveraging Diverse Research & Innovation to Achieve Strong Climate Outcomes

Monday, April 29th 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM 

The event will convene Maryland leaders and experts to highlight ongoing actions and share insights into how we can further support Maryland’s success through diverse research, innovations, and strategic partnerships. Register here


Get Involved during Earth Month

Cherry Blossoms on Campus.
Image Credit: John T. Consoli

Check out the Cherry Blossoms on Campus

Cherry Blossoms are still in full bloom on campus. Check out the Arboretum & Botanical Garden's interactive map of all of the Cherry Blossom trees on UMD's campus. April is the perfect month for a self-guided tour!

Building Hope Podcast Cover Art
Image Credit: Building Hope Podcast

Listen to an Episode of the Building Hope Podcast

Building Hope is a podcast created by students and graduates of the UMD school of Architecture, Planning, & Preservation. Partially funded by a Sustainability Fund grant, the Building Hope podcast seeks to encourage optimism amongst young people in regards to the current environmental crisis. 

Apples at the Farmer's Market
Image Credit: Taylor Brinks

The Farmer's Market is Back

The weekly Farmer's Market in Tawes Plaza will be returning on April 3rd for the spring semester. The market will be hosted from 11:00am - 3:00pm each Wednesday for the remainder of the semester. Join the Office of Sustainability on April 3rd, for a coffee chat, and on April 17th, for an office plant giveaway. We can't wait to see you there!

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