Celebrating Earth Month: Opportunities for the Pacific Community to Get Engaged

Earth DayWhile Earth Day is officially celebrated annually on April 22, sustainability is something to be practiced daily. Pacific University’s Center for a Sustainable Society and the Tom McCall Center for Civic Engagement, in partnership with other campus sponsors, are pleased to announce various events in April for Earth Month ranging from film screenings, lunch and learns, and garden work parties, to an all Oregon Earth Day conversation on Intersectional and Inclusive Environmentalism and an arboretum trash cleanup in partnership with Outdoor Pursuits. There are a number of ways for students, faculty and staff to get engaged, both virtually and in-person.

View a list of Earth Month events and register today! Activities kickoff at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 10 with a screening and discussion of Kiss the Groundan inspiring and groundbreaking film that reveals the first viable solution to our climate crisis.

Stayed tuned on Instagram to the Center for a Sustainable Society @pac_sustainability and the Boxer Food Share @pacufoodshare for stories of sustainable communities and for campus conversations on the documentary Hungry to Learn. Boxer Food Share is offering a chance to win three gift cards for students to watch the film and share their review. Narrated by Soledad O’Brien and in partnership with The Hope Center, Hungry to Learn takes a critical look at food insecurity on college campuses in the US.

Washington County Solid Waste and Recycling is also offering several opportunities to learn more about sustainable practices. Register for one or more Tuesday sessions!

Beyond the Bin: Recycling is great, but there are many other actions you can take to conserve resources, save money and even learn new skills! Join us in thinking higher up the waste hierarchy and learn about local options for repair, reuse, donation and more. Register for Tuesday, April 13: 12-1 p.m. (English) | 5-6 p.m. (English) | 6-7 p.m. (Spanish)

Eat Smart, Waste Less Challenge: Did you know that wasted food costs the average family of four about $1,500 per year? Learn more about the economic, environmental and social impacts of food waste and how you can make a difference by participating in this free Eat Smart, Waste Less Challenge. Register for Tuesday, April 20: 12-1 p.m. (English) | 5-6 p.m. (English)

Green Cleaners and Healthy Homes: Keeping our homes clean, safe and healthy is a top priority for many right now. A representative from Metro's Healthy Homes program will be sharing tips on choosing safer products and how to make simple non-toxic cleaners at home. Register for Tuesday, April 27: 12-1 p.m. (English) | 5-6 p.m. (English) | 6-7 p.m. (Spanish)

For questions and more information, please contact Michelle Larkins with the Center for a Sustainable Society at michelle.larkins@pacificu.edu or Morgan Knapp with the Tom McCall Center for Civic Engagement at MorganKnapp@pacificu.edu.

Monday, April 5, 2021