Earth week April 18-22, 2022

Earth Week - April 18-22, 2022

Since 1970, and each year following, April 22 has been recognized  as Earth Day.  This year marks the 52nd 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. Earthday.org's theme for 2022 is Invest In Our Planet. #investinourplanet

Ways to participate at Sonoma State University

We are already excited for Earth Week 2022. As events are planned, and announced, you'll find resources here.  If you have ideas to contribute, please send to ssus@sonoma.edu.

April 20, 2022 Tabling in *NEW Location!* Mt. Denali Gym at the Rec Center

On April 20, 2022, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. we will be hosting a tabling event in the Mt. Denali Gym at the Rec Cente where you will be able to meet groups and organizations that are working on Sustainability - members of the GEP Club, President's Sustainability Advisory Council and representatives from Recology, Center for Environmental Inquiry (CEI), Culinary Services, among others.

April 20, 2022 Embers of Awakening: Film & Chat

From 4 to 6 p.m., CEI is presenting a screening of the film “Embers of Awakening: From Firestorms to Climate Health”, a gripping exploration of how fire is changing the way we live. The film reveals personal stories of damage and recovery in Sonoma County and ways that we need to change the way we live to create a path towards a healthy world. After the film showing, join us for small group reflective discussions and Q&A with the filmmakers from Listening for a Change about our personal experiences, hopes and goals. We will hear briefly about what SSU is doing to make a difference, and the new SSU Sustainability Pledge that helps you identify meaningful personal actions you can take for a vibrant future in our county and on our planet. Please register to attend.

Watch the trailer here:

Campus events

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!

Share a sustainable practice you have with a DIY video or photo

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 posts with pictures or videos as you are willing to make!  Take pictures, post video of yourself in action or inaction, use apps to connect images, etc. Short and sweet, videos are great! Upload it to your favorite social media account and tag @sustainablessu, use the hashtag #sustainablessu or email to ssus@sonoma.edu.

Here are some helpful tips for recording a 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
  • Speak slowly
  • 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 ssus@sonoma.edu.

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)

Online classes, activities and resources

As we receive information, we'll post them here!

More

We will update this page as events are revealed and information provided.