Earth week 2021

Earth Week - April 19-23, 2021

Since 1970, and each year following, April 22 has been recognized  as Earth Day.  This year marks the 51st anniversary of this day.  Traditionally, Sonoma State University has offered events and activities the week of Earth Day and this year is no different. We intend to offer at least a few options for you to get involved.

The theme announced on for 2021 is "Restore Our Earth.TM"  On their page "51 Ways to Restore Our Earth" you find 51 ways you can make an impact.

Ways to participate at Sonoma State University

Share a sustainable practice you have with a DIY video

We’re looking for ways you do sustainability - maybe there’s more than one way you do it?  We invite you to post as many videos as you are willing to make!  Video yourself in action, video the action itself, use apps to connect images, etc. Short and sweet, are great! When you have completed your video, please upload it to your favorite social media account and tag @sustainablessu, use the hashtag #sustainablessu or email to

Here are some helpful tips for recording your video:

  • Check your surroundings and background before you film to make sure that there aren't disruptive noise in the background and that your background is not busy
  • Keep the lighting on you, not behind you so that your lighting is consistent
  • If using your phone, stabilize it so it is not shaky and place it at eye level
  • Again, if using your phone, film in landscape mode.
  • Look at the camera while recording the message
  • S p e a k    s l o w l y.
  • If you need some ideas, see below.

When you are complete, please upload your video to your favorite  social media account and tag @sustainablessu or use the hashtag #sustainablessu or email to

Here are a few we've received: 

Thank you to Nina Mendia, School of Extended & International Education (SEIE), Andy Shepherd, Green Music Center and Mark Perri, Chemistry for your videos submissions! Needs some inspiration?  The following are ideas of how you can flex your sustainability muscle everyday, and please use your creativity as you think of others!

Water saving

  • Turn off the faucet when brushing your teeth
  • Enjoying a plant-based meal
  • Save on garden irrigation, dryscape and plant drought tolerant plants
  • Wash your car at the carwash
  • Shorten your time in shower to 5 minutes
  • Collect cold water from shower while you wait for it to heat up.
  • Install aerators on household faucets
  • Install a low flow shower head
  • Only run the washing machine and dishwasher with full loads

Waste Reduction 

  • Using the same cloth napkin for all your meals in a day
  • Repurpose something at home instead of throwing it out
  • Compost at home
  • Buy second-hand clothing
  • Extend the life of your clothing by patching, sewing or handing down

Saving Energy

  • Turn off lights at home
  • Unplug appliances when not in use
  • Shut down or sleep computers when not in use



    Plastic Pollution

    • Bring your own reusable container to a restaurant for leftovers
    • Repurpose / reuse plastic and other bags
    • Refill & use a reusable water bottle
    • Take your own reusable bags to the market

    Reduce emissions 

    • Ride your bike or walk to complete a short errand instead of driving
    • Ride transit
    • Carpool
    • Drive an Electric Vehicle (EV)

      Campus events

      Subscribe to the Hutchins School of Liberal Arts student podcast "Climate Change Clapback"

      Be sure to visit the Calendar of Events page for updates and all the events happening that are sustainability related, during Earth Week and more!

      Online classes, activies and resources

      Sign up for the  list of online classes and activities

      System-wide April Events Calendar

      A Google document has been created to capture all of the other virtual events happening across the CSU in April. Please add any events that your campus is hosting that are open to students, faculty and staff at other campuses to the calendar HERE.


      CSU-Wide Ecochallenge Competition April 1 - 30, 2021

      All CSU campuses are invited to participate in a systemwide competition throughout the month of April!  Earth Month Ecochallenge: Drawdown is offered by in partnership with Project Drawdown. Together, CSU campus teams will take action on 80 of the most substantive solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and stop climate change.

      Sign up on the Ecochallenge website, create a team for your campus, challenge the other CSU campuses and see how 30 days of action can add up to a lifetime of positive change for you and the planet!

      The winning campus will receive:

      • Customized e-waste recycling and pizza box recycling bins from Clean River (estimated total value: $2,000) 
      • A trophy for your President’s Office 
      • THE GLORY of being the best in the CSU! 
      • Highest scoring individuals on each campus may also receive a personal prize (TBD)