2022 Earth Month Events at the University of Minnesota
Thursday, March 31, 2022 - 12:13

Tuesday, April 5th:

  • STEP Seminar: The Climate and Your Clothes: Bringing the Fashion Act to MN

    • Join us in-person or online for a lunchtime webinar with Maxine Bédat, founder and Director of the New Standard Institute, and author of UNRAVELED: The Life and Death of a Garment. She will give an overview of the impacts the fashion industry has on climate, environment, and human rights, and give an update on the progress of the Fashion Sustainability and Social Accountability Act (“Fashion Act”), a state bill that was first proposed in New York, and is building momentum across the country.
    • Virtual or in-person: Josie Johnson Community Room 180, Humphrey School
    • Register to Join Hybrid Event
    • 11:30am-12:30pm
  • "The Interplay of Climate Change and Health" hosted by the Global Health Student Advisory Board

    • 6:00-7:00pm
    • Zoom: 996 5731 7968

Saturday, April 9th:

  • PPA's Environment Committee: Prospect Park Earth Day River, Park, and Storm Drain Clean Up

    • Gloves and bags are provided! The event runs from Saturday, April 9th through Saturday, April 23rd (2 weeks). Get a sports water bottle for your efforts! Help keep the stormwater drains clear of litter and leaves, pick up the parks, or clean up your section of the neighborhood. There will be 4 locations where you can pick up supplies on Saturday, April 9 (bags for litter & recycling, gloves, and a reusable water bottle) between 9:00am-12:00pm. If you can't make it on the 10th but want to be involved, complete the form for ways to be involved. For more information, please email [email protected]. A $25 gift card will be awarded after a drawing

    • Pick up materials at any of these 4 locations:
      - East River Parkway & SE Franklin Avenue in River Gorge Park
      - Luxton Park
      - Bridal Veil Park SE 29th Ave & SE 4th St. (Towerside @ 4th St.)
      - Prospect Park (Tower Hill Park)

    • 9:00am-12:00pm

Sunday, April 10th

Monday, April 11th

  • EELS' Non-Career Career Panel

    • Join EELS for an overview of potential careers that may not be traditional "law" jobs!
    • Mondale Hall
    • 12:15-1:15pm

Tuesday, April 12th:

  • oSTEM/Environmental Student Association Plant Social

    • 4:00pm
    • Folwell 31
  • UMN Career Center's "Lawyering for Social Justice" Series: Elise Larson

    • The Lawyering for Social Justice Series gives students the opportunity to engage with human rights and social justice practitioners to learn about their work and diverse career paths in the local, national, and international arenas. Elise Larson is a 2012 graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School and currently serves as the Water Program Director and Senior Attorney at the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy.
    • Zoom
    • 12:15-1:15pm

Thursday, April 14th:

  • Humphrey School Climate Action Breakfast Briefing: National Climate News

    • Humphrey School of Public Affairs and Energy & Environmental Policy Club
    • Join the climate action conversation. Hear from a panel of interdisciplinary experts on current climate events. Enjoy free breakfast and coffee while doing so!
    • Attend virtually or in person at the Humphrey School Wilkins Room
    • 8:30-9:30am
  • Minnesota Environmental Institute

    • This virtual (register here) conference provides an annual update of new cases, laws, and ideas to improve environmental practice. Debra Shore, EPA Region 5 Administrator, will be the special presenter. Highlights also include annual update presentations on the CAA, water, environmental review and environmental rights, and CERCLA/MERLA/RCRA.; breakouts; presentation of the distinguished service award; and an ethics presentation. There is a discount for this event for MSBA ENRE Attorneys.

Friday, April 15th:

Saturday, April 16th:

April 17th-23rd: Climate Week:

  • EELS Water Law Event: What is Water Law? - Apr. 20 over the lunch hour
  • WBEEC Dealing with Climate Anxiety Workshop
  • Reinvesting in the Heartland Conference: Rural Perspectives on Environmental Initiatives (Conference) from WBEEC - Apr 22 all day
  • EELS Annual Earth Day Barbecue - likely Apr. 23rd outside the Law School
  • Earth Day cleanups, e.g. FMR Annual River Gorge Earth Day Cleanup
  • More info on the Law School Earth Week events calendar

Monday, April 18th:

Tuesday, April 19th:

  • Clothing Swap

    • Join us for the Spring Clothing Swap! Donate gently used clothes and items like backpacks, gloves, scarves, etc. Please bring your T-shirts! There will be a fun activity with them. Drop off clothes at the MSA office on the second floor of Coffman Memorial Union and get ready for the pick-up event.
    • Drop-Off: 4/11 to 4/15 at the MSA Office in Room 202 of the Student Union.
    • Pick-Up: 4/19 in the Front Plaza of Coffman Memorial Union from 11:00am to 4:00pm.


Wednesday, April 20th:

  • Paint and Pot Succulents

    • Pick out a plant friend and paint them a home! Sign up here so we know how many plants to have. Sponsored by the Minnesota Student Association
    • Outside, in front of Northrop Auditorium
    • 3:00pm (while supplies last)


  • Net Impact - Impact Consulting Showcase

    • Bruininks Hall 432
    • 7:00-8:00pm

Thursday, April 21st:

  • Energy and Environmental Policy Club (EEPC) & WBEC: Campus Scavenger Hunt

Friday, April 22nd (EARTH DAY!):

  • Women in Business Earth Day Event: Keep our campus clean

    • East River Flats Park (Behind Coffman)
    • 12:00pm

Saturday, April 23rd: 

  • Marcy-Holmes Annual River Clean Up

  • SE Como Earth Day Garden & Neighborhood Cleanup

    • Come out to celebrate Earth Day and welcome spring with your SE Como neighbors! Join us anytime to help clean up and beautify the neighborhood, come tour, learn about and help start spring cleanup at our 6 community gardens, and enjoy some fun, educational and interactive activities for all! Contact [email protected] to sign up or learn more, or just come on by, and bring your friends and neighbors!
    • To request interpreting services or accommodations for this event, please contact [email protected].
    • Van Cleve Park, 901 15th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
    • 1:00-4:00pm
  • 365Green Highway 212 Clean Up

    • Chaska

Saturday, April 23rd-Sunday, April 24th: 

Sunday, April 24th:

Friday, April 29th:

Saturday, April 30th:


SHARE THIS EVENT LIST: z.umn.edu/earthmonthevents

Want to submit your event? Email us at [email protected]

All Sustainability News

The University of Minnesota Twin Cities is proud to be a host institution of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) 2022 virtual Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education (GCSHE), October 18th, October 26th, and November 3rd, 2022. The first 100 UMN registrants attend for FREE!

The Office of Sustainability is updating its climate action plan (CAP), which will focus on reducing the University’s greenhouse gas emissions and preparing for a changing climate. The Climate Action Intern will be an integral part of the team developing content for the Twin Cities’ CAP and will work with full-time staff, other student staff, and participants in the process. The Intern will support working groups by researching best practices, collecting and visualizing data, and providing general support as working groups identify and evaluate potential strategies for inclusion in the plan.

This position has multiple openings and is open to undergraduate and graduate students. To learn more, search job ID 351579 at hr.umn.edu/Jobs/Find-Job

Join us for the All Campus Sustainability Fall Kickoff, a systemwide University of Minnesota event on October 29th on the Twin Cities campus.  

The All Campus Sustainability Fall Kickoff is hosted in partnership by the Institute on the Environment's Sustainability Education Team and the Office of Sustainability. The event will take place on Saturday, October 29th, 2022 on the Twin Cities campus and will connect sustainability-minded individuals from all 5 University of Minnesota campuses for a day of learning and connection. This is a great opportunity to meet fellow students from across the system and learn more about sustainability on the Twin Cities campus.

Visit the Twin Cities campus to get a behind the scenes look at how the campus operates sustainably! Activities will include attending a Gopher football game, going on a Zero Waste tour of Huntington Bank Stadium and learning about how sustainability can be incorporated into sporting events, taking a closer look at local food systems and how we can feed our community sustainably, touring a local organic farm, and more.

The event is expected to last all day, depending on the time of football kickoff (TBD). All expenses including lodging (if applicable) will be provided.

If you are interested in participating, please fill out this application form.

We're hiring! Join the Office of Sustainability as a Student Communications AssistantLearn more >

Office of Sustainability. We're hiring Director of Sustainability at the Twin Cities campus. Job ID 349298

We're hiring! Join the Office of Sustainability as Director of Sustainability for the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus. Learn more >

Departments, units, and student groups across campus are offering events for Earth Month! Check out the list: z.umn.edu/earthmonthevents

The University of Minnesota Office of Sustainability and the Twin Cities Sustainability Committee invite you to the Climate Action Planning Town Hall, Wednesday, May 4th, 2022, 4-5:30pm at the CMU Theater. Hear from a panel of University sustainability staff, committee members, and experts, and submit questions for a Q&A. More info  Add to Google Calendar
Event recording:

In 2021, the University of Minnesota achieved over 8 million kilowatt hours in electricity savings, exceeding the goal it set in partnership with Xcel Energy! That’s enough electricity to power 880 average Minnesota homes for a year and avoid 5 million pounds of CO2 emissions. Read more >

"Illicit discharges are considered 'illicit' because MS4s are not designed to accept, process, or discharge such non-stormwater wastes." (EPA) As water runs down the street into storm drains, contaminated with illicit discharge (such as cigarette butts, trash, salt, vehicle fluids, or yard waste) from the street, it flows back down through the stormwater system and back into the river. Learn how you can help or report illicit discharge on campus.

Do you know an undergraduate, graduate student, or student group on any University of Minnesota campus that has made significant contributions to creating a more sustainable future? The University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment and the Office of Sustainability invite nominations for the inaugural systemwide Student Impact Awards, honoring undergraduate and graduate student efforts to lead the way toward a future in which people and the environment prosper together. Nominations are due Wednesday, April 6th, 2022. Learn more