2015 Earth Month Calendar

April 1

Kick Off - #HoyaGreen Challenge

Stay tuned throughout the month for opportunities to participate in the #hoyagreen Challenge - a fun and easy way for members of the campus community to celebrate Earth Month this April by going #hoyagreen on campus.

Participants are encouraged to raise environmental awareness via social media by using the campaign hashtag, #hoyagreen - and beginning on April 6, weekly themes of Waste, Energy and Water will promoted with tips and resources on how to get involved.

A complete description of the week-by-week challenge is coming soon!

Urban & Regional Planning Speaker Series

Ten Years after the First Pitch: How the Washington Nationals and Nationals Park Have Scored in the Nation’s Capital

The topic of this Spring 2015 public lecture series is The City Disrupted. The lectures will explore short-term transformations in cities driven by the impacts of new technologies, shifting economies, the environment, new social networks, and governance. 

The series is hosted in the auditorium of the Georgetown downtown campus at 640 Massachusetts Avenue, NW—conveniently located within walking distance of stations serving all Metro lines.

April 2

Using biogeochemistry, microbial physiology, and the "omics" to understand the changing nitrogen cycle of the Pacific Ocean

A talk by Rachel Horak, Postdoctoral Education Fellow at the American Society for Microbiology

April 7

Climate Risk Governance in the US States

Mark Stephan, Associate Professor, School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs, Washington State University.
Time: Noon-1pm
Location: Mortara Center.
Part of the Energy and Climate Policy Research Seminar.
Please RSVP.

Go Abroad! Study Abroad Info Session

 Find out how to integrate global education into your Georgetown University undergraduate experience and develop a truly global perspective.  You can also learn more about integrating sustainability into your study abroad experience by clicking HERE.
 

April 8

GU Farmer's Market

Enjoy the outdoors, local food vendors and fresh seasonal produce.
Wednesdays from 12-5pm on Copley Lawn!

Performing Arts Presents: Slow Falling Bird

Part of the 2014-15 Georgetown University Theater & Performance Studies Program’s “Where We’re From:  A Season of Origins and Migrations.”  Ticket discounts for GU students, faculty, and staff.

Sustainable Campus Fund - Applications Due

The Georgetown University Sustainable Campus Fund will award seed funds and mini-grants to support new ideas that create a more environmentally sustainable campus and increase engagement among members of the campus community. Up to $750 is available per applicant to support your club, office, or department's sustainability initiative this Spring. Apply by April 8th!

Sustainable Campus Stewardship Awards - Applications Due!

The Sustainable Campus Stewardship Award, sponsored by car2go, is a prize recognizing undergraduate students at Georgetown who are demonstrating leadership in sustainability through environmental service and stewardship to our campus community. Apply by April 8th!

Urban & Regional Planning Speaker Series

Planning on the Courthouse Steps: Inside Detroit’s Bankruptcy

The topic of this Spring 2015 public lecture series is The City Disrupted. The lectures will explore short-term transformations in cities driven by the impacts of new technologies, shifting economies, the environment, new social networks, and governance. 

The series is hosted in the auditorium of the Georgetown downtown campus at 640 Massachusetts Avenue, NW—conveniently located within walking distance of stations serving all Metro lines.

April 9

International Book Discussion: "I Speak of the City: Mexico City at the Turn of the Twentieth Century"

This book will be discussed by the author, Mauricio Tenorio, History Department at University of Chicago, and Maurice Jackson, History Department at Georgetown University.  This program is sponsored by the Americas Initiative Program of Georgetown College.

Performance: Urinetown

A satirical musical comedy set in an absurd future with a crippling water shortage. Produced and directed by Georgetown students, with performance dates through April 18.

April 11

Volunteer: Potomac Watershed Cleanup

Throughout April, families can help remove trash from one of 276 sites along the Potomac River. This is an event of the broader DC community, hosted by the Anacostia Watershed Society.

April 15

GU Farmer's Market

Enjoy the outdoors, local food vendors and fresh seasonal produce.
Wednesdays from 12-5pm on Copley Lawn!

April 16

Showcase your environmental projects: Georgetown University Undergraduate Research Conference

The annual Undergraduate Research Conference of the School of Nursing & Health Studies.

April 17

Georgetown University Undergraduate Research Conference continued

Keynote Address by the Linda Birnbaum, PhD, director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences at NIH

April 18

Earth Day Concert on the DC National Mall

A free concert will headline No Doubt, Usher, Fall Out Boy, Mary J Blige, Train, and My Morning Jacket. This is an event of the greater DC community, open to all!

April 20

The Global Vatican: Lecture by Ambassador Rooney

April 21

Post-treaty Politics: Secretariat Influence in Global Environmental Governance

Sikina Jinnah, Assistant Professor of International Relations, American University School of International Service
Time: Noon-1:00pm
Location: ICC Executive Conference Room.
Part of the Energy and Climate Policy Research Seminar.

Planning 302: Master Planning Open House

Planning 302 is an opportunity to hear what’s new, engage in the university’s master planning process, and provide your valuable feedback as the master plan evolves. The conversation will include an update on the status of the university's sustainability master plan. 4-6 pm.

April 22: Earth Day

Green Square Fair

Hosted by the Center for the Environment and Georgetown Environmental Leaders Student Network
Time: 11am-4pm
Location: Red Square, rain location will be inside Leavey

GU's environmentally-focused student clubs, departments, offices and Georgetown Affiliate organizations are invited to table in Red Square in celebration of Earth Day. There will be prizes provided and free food! Please RSVP if your organization would like to host a table.

Planning 302: Master Planning Open House

Planning 302 is an opportunity to hear what’s new, engage in the university’s master planning process, and provide your valuable feedback as the master plan evolves. The conversation will include an update on the status of the university's sustainability master plan. 9-10 am.

The TRUE link between development and democracy – it’s not what it seems.

A Talk with Jack Goldstone of George Mason University

GU Farmer's Market

Enjoy the outdoors, local food vendors and fresh seasonal produce.
Wednesdays from 12-5pm on Copley Lawn!

April 24

Environment Initiative Professional Fellowship - Applications Due!

These professional student fellowships will provide summer or academic year funding to students currently enrolled in a professional degree program such as public policy, law, nursing & health studies, or School of Continuing Studies. This opportunity is designed for students who have a demonstrated commitment to careers related to the environment and sustainability. Apply by April 24, 2015.

Field Trip to a Botanical Garden

Stay tuned for more details soon!

April 25

Sustainable Oceans Alliance Symposium

There has never been a more urgent need for the next generation of leaders to understand the challenges and opportunities in ocean sustainability. Join world leaders in the business, policy, science, and entrepreneurship fields as we seek cross-sector solutions and build widespread support for the conservation and protection of our oceans. Please RSVP.

MCGSO 4th Annual 5K Lab Rat Race

Get outside for a run along the Canal Towpath while supporting a good cause!

Georgetown University JazzFest: Outdoors

Bring a blanket and join a day of great music from local and national artists at the Georgetown University Jazz Festival.

April 28

Riding Your Bike Safely in Traffic

A workshop for members of the Georgetown campus community, taught by League of American Bicyclists-certified instructor Jason Clock.

How did Earth Day get its start?

Each year, Earth Day -- April 22 -- marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.

The height of hippie and flower-child culture in the United States, 1970 brought the death of Jimi Hendrix, the last Beatles album, and Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water”. Protest was the order of the day, but saving the planet was not the cause. War raged in Vietnam, and students nationwide increasingly opposed it.

At the time, Americans were slurping leaded gas through massive V8 sedans. Industry belched out smoke and sludge with little fear of legal consequences or bad press. Air pollution was commonly accepted as the smell of prosperity. “Environment” was a word that appeared more often in spelling bees than on the evening news.  Although mainstream America remained oblivious to environmental concerns, the stage had been set for change by the publication of Rachel Carson's New York Times bestseller Silent Spring in 1962.  The book represented a watershed moment for the modern environmental movement, selling more than 500,000 copies in 24 countries and, up until that moment, more than any other person, Ms. Carson raised public awareness and concern for living organisms, the environment and public health. (Earth Day Network, 2015)

Learn more here!

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