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  /    /  Earth Week 2016

Earth Week 2016 was held from April 16th – 24th. 

Use #calearthweek on social media. Invite your friends on Facebook!

Download the print calendar (pdf) here.

Read the Berkeley News coverage here.

Earth Week is organized by the Earth Week Planning Committee which consists of representation from the Student Environmental Resource Center (SERC) and Environmental & Sustainability Student Organizations, with support from campus and community partners.

The Earth Week Planning Committee is working to ensure all events and programs represent the sustainability community’s understanding of diversity and inclusivity: race, ethnicity, gender, age, national origin, religion, disability, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, education, marital status, language, and physical appearance.

If you need any form of accommodations to fully participate in the events as described, please contact

 Saturday, April 16, 2016

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Daily Tip: Knowledge is power! The Ecology Center produces many free, downloadable fact sheets to help people adopt healthier, more environmentally friendly practices in their daily lives. Learn more at

  • Post-Cal Day Clean-Up
    • 12pm-2pm; Meet at Sather Gate by 12pm
    • Volunteers Needed, Sign-up here
    • Sponsored by Strawberry Creek Restoration Project, Student Environmental Resource Center (SERC), and the Department of Environment, Health & Safety at UC Berkeley

Monday, April 18, 2016

Daily Tip: Follow your food trail! Find out the sources of your food. Focus on eating a Real Food diet:

  • San Francisco Green Film Festival Screening: Dear President Obama
    • 6pm-9pm
      • Doors Open at 5:30pm, first come, first serve.
    • Banatao Auditorium, 310 Sutardja Dai Hall
    • Screening followed by a panel discussion featuring film director Jon Bowermaster, Ella Teevan (Food & Water Watch), Kassie Siegel (Center for Biological Diversity), and Kristy Drutman (Students Against Fracking)
    • Sponsored by SF Green Film Festival, SERC, Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS), Berkeley Energy & Climate Institute (BECI), Food & Water Watch, and Center for Biological Diversity
  • Weigh-Your-Waste Night at the Cal Dining dining halls
    • 5-9pm
    • All dining halls
    • Volunteers Needed, Sign-up here
    • Sponsored by Cal Dining Sustainability Team

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Daily Tip: Catch that running toilet! Drop some food coloring in the tank – if it changes the color in the bowl, you’ve got a leak to fix. You can also calculate your personal and household water footprint at

  • Solar & Water Tours
    • 12:30-2:30pm
    • 30 minute tours of Eshleman Hall’s sustainable water system and MLK’s solar panels
    • Registration required; Sign-up here
    • Sponsored by the Office of Sustainability & Energy and ASUC Student Union
  • The Paris Climate Agreement: Where Do We Go from Here?
    • 6pm-8pm
    • Valley Life Sciences Building (VLSB) 2060
    • Roundtable Chair:
    • Roundtable Participants:
      • Dr. Wil Burns, Co-Director, Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment of American University
      • Professor Jonas Meckling, Department of Environmental Science, Policy & Management, UC Berkeley
      • Erin Bergren, Ph.D. Student, Department of Environmental Science, Policy & Management, UC Berkeley
    • Sponsored by SERC and Our Energy Policy, Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Daily Tip: Know your waste! If it can’t be reduced, reused, repaired, rebuilt, refurbished, refinished, resold, recycled or composted, then it should be restricted, redesigned or removed from production. -Ecology Center, Take the Refills Not Landfills Pledge!

  • ReUSE Super Sale
    • Reused Clothing Sale, all items $3 or less!
    • 12pm-5pm
    • Savio Steps, Upper Sproul Plaza
    • Sponsored by ReUSE at Berkeley
  •  Environmental Justice Narratives: Community Conversation and Art Making
    • 12pm-2pm
    • Multicultural Community Center Patio
    • An interactive collective dialogue on current environmental justice topics followed by a healing art making and narrative-sharing activity.
    • Sponsored by Students of Color Environmental Collective and the Multicultural Community Center
  • Delta Discussion
    • 2pm-4pm
    • Dwinelle 160
    • Delta Discussion will feature an expert panel of stakeholders who will present their work on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. A roundtable discussion with the speakers will follow the presentation.
      • Blake Roberts is the senior environmental planner for the Delta Protection Commission. He has also taught at Sacramento State, San Jose State, and UC Davis.
      • Richard Norgaard is a Professor Emeritus of Energy and Resources at UC Berkeley and a member of the Delta Independent Science Board.
      • Robert Benedetti is currently a Research Associate at the Center for California Studies, CSU Sacramento. He is an urban political scientist. In 2013, he became an emeritus professor at the University of the Pacific where he had been Dean of the College. He is a past chair of California Humanities, the State’s humanities council.
      • Jonathan Rosenfield is an expert on fish biology for the Bay Delta. He works as a fish biologist for at The Bay Institute.
    • Sponsored by Berkeley Water Group, Delta Protection Commission, and Friends of the River
  • Mark Dubois on Lessons from the River
    • 7pm-8:30pm
    • Valley Life Sciences Building (VLSB) 2060
    • Mark Dubois is the co-founder of Friends of the River and the International Rivers Network, and served as the international coordinator for Earth Day 1990 and 2000. Mark will present “Lessons from the River” followed by Q&A.
    • Sponsored by Friends of the River at UC Berkeley and SERC

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Daily Tip: Try using only human-powered or public transportation today! Learn more about Bay Area public transit options at

  • UC Jazz Earth Week Concert
    • 12pm-1pm
    • 1st floor, MLK Student Union, Lower Sproul side
    • Free live jazz concert bringing awareness to Earth Week at UC Berkeley
    • Sponsored by UC Jazz
  • Berkeley Sustainability Community of Practice: Thinking about going solar?
    • 12pm-1:30pm
    • Thinking about going solar? Curious about how solar systems work and what it takes to bring them to life?  Join the Office of Sustainability and Energy and campus solar partner Sungevity for a behind-the-scenes tour of a solar-powered home located just minutes from campus. The tour will cover the technical, financial, and site feasibility assessments of what it takes to create an energy-efficient home.
    • The touring group will meet at noon on the front steps of Zellerbach Hall before walking together to the tour site (approximately 10 minutes). Space is limited so please respond to
    • Sponsored by Office of Sustainability and Energy and Sungevity
  • Local Night at the Dining Halls
    • 5pm-9pm
    • All Cal Dining dining hall locations
    • Sponsored by Cal Dining and Cal Dining Sustainability Team
  • Food Systems Panel
    • 7pm-9pm
    • 101 Moffitt Library
    • Interested in a career in Food Systems? The Berkeley Student Food Collective is hosting a discussion presented by four panelists in the food and agricultural industries followed by a networking reception with desserts.
    • Hear from a group of excellent folks from a diverse range of work in the field, including Michele Simon (Eat Drink Politics), Anders Olson (Olson Farms), Jordan Tetrick (Hampton Creek) and Judi Shils (Turning Green).
  • ECO World Cafe on Environmental Racism
    • 7pm-8pm
    • 414 Eshleman Hall
    • An open conversation space for the environmental community to reflect on environmental racism, the role it plays in the environmental movement, and how to best address injustice in our own community and beyond.
    • Sponsored by ECO
  • Courtesy Post: The Earth Day Film Festival, 4/21-4/24
    • The Earth Day Film Festival in San Francisco provides a great opportunity to connect students with talented environmentally conscious cinematographers around environmental issues in our community.
    • Students can receive a 30% discount to the festival by entering the code TEDFFStudent when purchasing tickets online. The Film Festival has events that range from FREE to $20. No one will be turned away!

Friday, April 22, 2016 (EARTH DAY)

Daily Tip: Calculate your carbon footprint and learn ways to reduce it at

  • Courtesy Post: Reusable Mug Giveaway
    • 9am until supplies last
    • Caffe Strada, 2300 College Ave.
    • First 50 people will get free stainless steel Caffe Strada thermos and free beverage; Second 50 people will get a free beverage with purchase of Strada thermos for $5 (regular price $18!)
    • Sponsored by Caffe Strada
  • Bring Your Own Reusables Party at Pieology
    • 2pm-3pm
    • Pieology, 2468 Telegraph Ave
    • Free small soft drink for first 100 people who bring their own reusable cup or tumbler
    • Sponsored by Telegraph Green and Pieology
  • 13th Annual CACS Sustainability Summit
    • 2pm-4pm
    • Wurster Hall, 1st floor
    • The Sustainability Summit honors this year’s Sustainability Award Winners, and gives campus organizations a chance to share posters highlighting their sustainability successes and projects. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about campus sustainability efforts and network with those involved!
    • Refreshments will be provided.
    • Sponsored by Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Sustainability (CACS) and The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF)
  • Sustainable Vendor Fair
    • 2:30-4pm
    • Haas School of Business Courtyard
    • Come learn more about, sample products, and engage with cutting edge companies in the sustainable, and responsible business realms. For a full list of vendors, and for more information visit: Participating companies include:  Patagonia, Patagonia Provisions, Lyft, B Lab and B the Change Media, Numi Tea, Farmigo, Revolution Foods, Kuli Kuli Foods, Dang Foods, Crossroads Trading Company, Cutting Edge Capital, Lioness, Indosole, Grassroots Crossfit, Cal Student Store, Poets and Quants, Dog Patch SF, Mission Heirloom and Shawl Anderson Dance Center.
    • Sponsored by Haas Center for Responsible Business, Haas Green Team, Patagonia Eco Innovation Case Competition
  • Brown’s Gone Wild
    • Brown’s Cafe
    • All Day: Wild edible plants will be incorporated into the menu
    • 3-4pm: Wild edible plant tasting
    • Sponsored by Cal Dining
  • Kombucha Party
    • 4pm-7pm
    • Campanile Esplanade
    • Sponsored by the Berkeley Student Food Collective (BSFC) and SERC
  • Drop Beats Not Bags
    • 7pm-9pm
    • Kroeber 160
    • A night of musical performances and spoken word dedicated to saving the plastic bag ban in California.
    • Sponsored by CalPIRG, Students Towards Zero Plastics (STOP), Chico Bags, and SERC

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Daily Tip: Purchase fair trade coffee/ chocolate/ sugar/ tea and fair trade clothing. Learn more about fair trade at

  • Coastal Prairie Gardening Day
    • 11am-1pm
    • Meet at the Native Plant Nursery, behind Giannini Hall
    • Sponsored by Strawberry Creek Collective and The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF)
  • Ecopalooza
    • 12pm-3pm
    • Unit 2 Courtyard
    • Festival featuring environmental student orgs and screen-printing, a photo booth, succulent potting, a raffle, and food.
    • Student Organizations Participation: Sign-up Here
    • Sponsored by Residential Sustainability Program (RSP)
  • LEED Green Associate Training
    • 1pm-5pm
    • Wheeler Hall 210
    • The first 20 students to register and complete the training will receive a $100 rebate. Details here.
    • Sponsored by LeadingGreen and SERC

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Daily Tip: Stick to a vegetarian and/or vegan diet today!

Special thanks to the 2016 Earth Week Planning Committee: Allie Lalor, Dakota Goodman, Jordan French, Helena Chang, Sharon Chen, Natalia Mushegian, Kelly Wong, Natalie Nava, Sarah Atkinson, Claire Kaufman, Eva Malis, Lindsey Agnew, Anna Yip, Ryan Saraie, Michelaina Johnson, Gabby McNamara, Christopher Orner, Rachel Kovinsky, Katherine Walsh