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Earth Month

This year we will be hosting a mix of in person and virtual events to celebrate Earth Month, kicking off in the last week of March and continuing throughout the month of April. We encourage the community to learn about and engage in sustainability activities throughout the month. Come join our celebrations at the CSU Earth Day Festival on Thursday, April 20th! 

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Get ready to join us in person as we celebrate with an amazing lineup of CSU student organizations, academic departments, Fort Collins sustainability-related organizations, and other vendors. We're thrilled to invite you to come out and enjoy the festivities with us on the LSC West Lawn from 10am to 2pm.

Java & Justice with the FracTracker Alliance 

Wednesday, March 29, 12 1:30 p.m., LSC room 226-8  

At this Lunch & Learn Event, Kyle Ferrar, FracTracker Alliance’s Western program coordinator, will present their current research projects focused on Colorado. Topics will include an analysis of oil and gas drilling and “frac’ing” within the 2,000-foot public health setback, water consumption for frac’ing operations, and the environmental justice implications of these industry activities. FracTracker Alliance is an environmental and public health focused nonprofit organization that maps, analyzes ,  and communicates the risks of oil, gas, and petrochemical development to advance just energy alternatives that protect public health, natural resources, and the climate.  

RSVP Required and pizza will be served! 


Java & Justice – Indigenous Peoples and Climate Justice 

Wednesday, March 29, 12:20 1:30 p.m., LSC room 306 

Take part in a special small group discussion as part of the “Java & Justice” series. This event features Kyle Whyte from University of Michigan’s School for Environment and Sustainability. He is an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation who will be speaking about indigenous people and climate justice. 

 RSVP Required and dessert will be served! 


Distinguished Lecture in Environmental Ethics 

Thursday, March 30, 4:00 5:30 p.m., LSC Ballroom A 

Kyle Whyte, University of Michigan, presents “Environmental Justice Two Years later: Lessons from the U.S.’s Largest-Ever Investment to End Environmental Racism.” 

Registration Required:  


Climate Grief and Active Hope Workshop for Students 

Thursday, March 30, 3:30 5:30 p.m., WCNR room 345 

Take part in an interactive event that explores how to find hope amid climate concerns. Leaders from the Black and African American Cultural Center (BAACC), the Student Sustainability Center, and the Center for Environmental Justice will share a variety of tools to calm the nervous system, and shift to active hope. This event is geared toward students, but staff and faculty are welcome to attend in more of an observational role. Be sure to indicate whether you are a student or “other” when you register. 

RSVP Required to Attend! 


Swipes for Rams 

Sunday, April 2 

CSU Meal Plan holders can donate two guest passes to a fellow Ram who is facing food insecurity.  Donations will be collected through GrubHub accounts all week long. 


Environmental Justice Community Potluck 

Thursday, April 13, 5:006:30 p.m., Location TBD 

This is a fun, social event for anyone interested in Environmental Justice. Join us and bring a dish to share and a plate and utensils for yourself. The Center for Environmental Justice will provide non-alcoholic beverages. 

RSVP Required: 


Africa & Ale 

Thursday, April 14, 4:00 6:30 p.m., University Center for the Arts 

Take part in this network and community building event to discuss issues of sustainability in Africa while tasting African-style beers created by local breweries.  

This event is free and open to the public (21 & older), but registration is required. 


President’s Sustainability Commission Sustainability Recognition & Milestones Event 

Tuesday, April 18, 1:30 3:00 p.m., room 345 (Horsetooth Room) in Michael Smith Natural Resource’s building 

The President’s Sustainability Commission invites the campus community to the annual CSU Sustainability Milestones and Recognition Event. Recognition will be given to achievements, new initiatives, and milestones inclusive of environmental, social, and economic aspects of sustainability.

RSVP to by April 12

Bike, Scoot & Skate to Breakfast 

Wednesday, April 19, 8:30 10:30 a.m., Pitkin & Center Ave. Mall 

Free breakfast provided for active transportation users; no RSVP required.  


Java & Justice: Abolitionist Methodologies: The Case of U.S. Prison Agriculture 

Wednesday, April 19, 12:00 1 p.m., WCNR room 106 

Join us for a special small group discussion as part of our “Java & Justice” series. This event features two professors from CSU, Joshua Sbicca and Carrie Chennault. They will present some of their work in the Prison Agriculture Lab, specifically a series of projects illustrating their abolitionist methodologies. These include a satellite image gallery, story map, and teaching modules. The discussion will revolve around the need to develop methodologies aimed at both dismantling systems of oppression and building more livable and just worlds. 

RSVP Required:


Sustainability in Plain Sight – Walking Tour 

Wednesday, April 19, 3 p.m. at the north end of the Oval, concluding at the LSC 

Let’s walk and talk! Join Stacey Baumgarn, CSU campus energy coordinator, on a green walking tour of Main Campus. This tour will explore a few of the things that enable and support sustainability action and practices here at CSU. Sustainability at CSU is a team effort. As we walk, we will discuss some of the team effort that helps CSU achieve its sustainability goals; and the role students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends play.  

More Information  


Eco Leaders Independent Project Showcase 

Wednesday, April 19, 4 – 5:30 p.m. at Laurel Village Pavilion 

This showcase will highlight CSU’s Eco Leader program spring semester independent projects, aimed to explore opportunities for sustainability initiatives within Housing & Dining Services. Light refreshments will be served. 


SoGES Climate Conference for High School Students 

Wednesday, April 19, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the LSC 

The Climate Leadership Summit is an interactive experience organized by high school students, for high school students in the Northern Colorado region. As a unique collaboration between Colorado State University’s School of Global Environmental Sustainability and the Poudre School District’s Career & Innovation Department, this event will engage students to learn from each other and from the foremost leaders of climate science. 

Registration is open for high school students and is required:  


From Plankton to Predators: Protecting Our Planet 

Thursday, April 20, drop in between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m., LSC room 300 

Discover ways to protect our planet with engaging hands-on STEM kits designed to gain a better understanding of three complex, important environmental issues. Explore plastic pollution and its impact on ocean and ecosystem health. Investigate the importance of native bees and pollination. Delve into the behaviors of wolves and how to share the lands. 


CSU Earth Day Festival 

Thursday, April 20, 10 a.m. 2 p.m. on the LSC West Lawn 

(Rain Date- April 21) 

The annual festival brings together the community to celebrate Earth Day together at the LSC Sutherland Sculpture Garden.! 

CSU student organizations, academic departments and sustainability-focused organizations from Fort Collins will join the event. Enjoy live music by former CSU student band Lady Denim while you peruse booths and learn about how you can get involved in the many sustainability-focused efforts on campus. The event is free and open to the public.  Register your booth here. 


Compost Giveaway and E-Waste Collection  

Friday, April 21, 11 a.m. 1 p.m. in the LSC Moby Arena Parking Lot 

Pick up some free compost to enrich the soil in outdoor or indoor gardens. Harvested from CSU’s composting facility on the Foothills campus, you can fill up to two, 5-gallon buckets per person (bring your own buckets). 

You can also recycle all your e-waste needs. Any reasonably-sized items (powered by a cord or battery) are being collected free of charge (limited to two large appliances per person).   

More information on CSU Composting 


Food Bank Mobile Pantry  

Wednesday, April 26, University Ave. just west of the LSC (in front of Hartshorn). 

Rams Against Hunger and the Food Bank of Larimer County will host a Mobile Pantry event to support fellow Rams who may be facing food insecurity.