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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 Wednesday, April 20th! 

Earth day festival 2022 - april 20th

We are excited to announce that CSU's Earth Day Festival will be in-person this year! CSU student organizations, academic departments, Fort Collins sustainability-related organizations, and other vendors will be joining our celebration. Come join us at the LSC West Lawn from 10am to 2pm.

Energy Week – March 28th through April 2nd

Movie Showing at the Lyric: Anthropocene

March 29th, starts at 6:00pm and ends at 7:30pm.

Sponsored by ASCSU Environmental Affairs, this free showing of Anthropocene: The Human Epoch helps kick off Earth Month. The film explores how humans have altered the planet through industry and engineering of natural phenomena. The Lyric Cinema is located at 1209 N. College Avenue, Fort Collins, CO. 

https://lyriccinema.com/#/movie/6923

Tour of Christman Solar Field

March 30th from 4:30 – 5:30pm.
Sponsored by ASCSU, tour CSU’s solar array at Christman Field. This solar array is CSU’s largest, producing 5.3 MW over 30 acres of land. Check out the video at the bottom of this page to learn more about solar energy and this array. 
 
 

Handing out sustainability resources: energy-efficient light bulbs

April 1st from 12pm – 2pm on the LSC Plaza.

ASCSU Environmental Affairs will be distributing energy-efficient light bulbs on campus for free! Come pick one up to help make your living space more energy-efficient. 

Zero Waste Week – April 4th through 8th

Tour of Compost Facility at Foothills Campus

April 5th from 4 – 5pm at Foothills Campus.

ASCSU and CSU Zero Waste Team are partnering to give tours of CSU’s windrows compost facility. Come learn about how CSU manages waste on campus and the composting process. Check out the video below to learn more about composting and Oscar, the fully automated compost bin that processes over 300,000 pounds of pre-consumer food waste each year!

If you would like to attend the tour, please sign up here: Tour of Windrows Composting Facility — Signup Sheet | SignUp.com

CSU Events Calendar – Compost Facility Tour

Climate intervention to cool a warming Planet

April 5th from 4 – 5pm at LSC, Grey Rock Room 290

SoGES hosts Jim Hurrell, Professor and Scott Presidential Chair in Environmental Science and Engineering, and Ken Shockley, Professor and Holmes Rolston III Chair in Environmental Ethics and Philosophy, in a panel that will focus on and discuss the results of a recent report produced by the U.S. National Research Council on “Solar Radiation Management” – a specific form of climate intervention that would increase the reflectivity of the atmosphere, thereby decreasing the amount of solar energy in the Earth system and cooling the planet. The panelists will discuss scientific, technical, governance and ethical issues surrounding this controversial concept.

Climate Intervention to Cool a Warming Planet – Sustainability (colostate.edu)

Compost Queen Presentation

April 7th from 6pm – 7pm in Michael Smith Natural Resources Building Room #142.

ASCSU and Zero-Waste Team are hosting an educational workshop on composting, led by Compost Queen, a local compost service. 

Learn more about Compost Queen: About Us – Compost Queen Fort Collins (compostqueenfc.com)

Compost Giveaway & E-Waste Collection

April 8th from 11am – 1pm at the Moby Arena Parking Lot.

Working on the garden? Take some compost from our very own composting facility!  You must bring your own shovel and we will be limiting compost to 2, 5-gallon buckets. CSU Surplus Property will also be collecting electronic waste for recycling or safe disposal. Individuals are asked to stay in their vehicles until their turn to retrieve compost or recycle e-waste. 

CSU Events Calendar – Compost Giveaway & E-Waste Collection

Net Impact Spring Clean-Up of Red Fox Natural Area 

April 8th from 2 – 3pm, at Red Fox Natural Area, 1810 S. Taft Hill Rd. 

Join CSU Net Impact to participate in a spring clean-up to celebrate the end of Zero Waste week. We’ll meet at the Red Fox Natural Area to clean a section of Prospect Rd.

Learn more about the event and Net Impact at CSU: Net Impact – Colorado State University – Home | Facebook

Swap, Don’t Shop: Clothing Trade

April 9th from 12 – 3pm in the Lodgepole Courtyard at Aggie Village.

The Aggie Village Eco Leaders will be hosting a clothing swap in the Lodgepole Lobby. Participate by bringing clothing to donate or trade for new clothing items! 

CSU Events Calendar – Swap, Don’t Shop

Mobility Week – April 11th through 15th

Sustainability fund presentations

April 12th from 2 – 3pm hosted virtually.

The CSU Sustainability Fund, sponsored by the President’s Sustainability Commission, allocated a total of $25,000 to seven project proposals that support sustainability at CSU. Learn about these projects and their progress thus far. Virtual presentations are split up between two days.

Join the Virtual Presentation on Microsoft Teams

Longboard Rack Survey & Appreciation Event (POSTPONED from 4/12)

April 19th from 1pm – 4:30pm at Longboard Racks around campus.

Parking & Transportation Services wants to recognize CSU’s longboarders and skateboarders for their sustainable transportation choices. They will be at the racks around campus throughout the afternoon conducting a quick survey to learn what they can improve for longboarders and skateboarders on campus, with free snacks!

Movie showing at the Lyric: The Motherload

April 12th, starts at 6pm and ends at 7:30pm.

Sponsored by ASCSU, this free movie showing of The Motherload at the Lyric explores navigating alternative transportation in a world built around gas-powered vehicles. The Lyric is located at 1209 N. College Avenue, Fort Collins, CO. 

The Lyric Cinema – The Motherload

Bike to Breakfast (POSTponed from 4/13)

April 20th from 8:30am – 10:30am at the Newton Statue, Pitkin & Center Ave. Mall.

Parking & Transportation Services will be providing breakfast to recognize CSU community members who bike to campus. Come get free coffee, breakfast, and bike maps and opportunities to get involved with biking in Fort Collins.  

Managing the Planet Lecture Series

April 13th from 4 – 5pm at Avogadro’s Number, 605 S. Mason Street.

Each year, the School of Global Environmental Sustainability (SoGES) hosts six panels as part of the SoGES Managing the Planet panel series. Panels address diverse topics related to relevant sustainability issues and feature an interdisciplinary panel of Colorado State University experts conducting research related to the topic. Each panel is hosted at Avogadro’s Number restaurant and bar, 605 S. Mason St, and are free and open to the public. 

Managing the Planet – Sustainability (colostate.edu)

Sustainable On-Campus Walking Tour

April 14th from 10 – 11am, starting at the Spoke (Northwest of the Pavilion).

Explore sustainability features on campus, including the GeoX project, green living walls, and alternative transportation infrastructure. We will end at the Nancy Richardson Design Center, where participants can stay longer to virtually tour a student-designed tiny house using VR headsets. *Note the different start and end locations. This is a collaboration between Facilities Management, Parking and Transportation Services, and Housing and Dining Services.  The tour will take place rain or shine; however, will move indoors in extreme weather. 

Please sign up here if you would like to join the tour: Sustainable On-Campus Walking Tour — Signup Sheet | SignUp.com

Tour of Transfort Electric Bus Fleet

April 14th at 2pm

Interested in the electrification of public transportation? Want to become more educated about the electrification process at a city level? Join us in touring the new electric bus fleet at Transfort!

Please sign up here if you would like to join: Tour of Electric Bus Fleet at Transfort — Signup Sheet | SignUp.com

Transit On-Board Survey and Appreciation Event

April 15th throughout the day aboard Transfort routes serving CSU. 

Parking & Transportation Services will be handing out free coffee cards for transit riders and conducting an on-board customer satisfaction survey; look for us on your morning and afternoon commutes! 

Sustainability at CSU & Water Week – April 18th through 22nd

Sustainability Milestones & Recognition Event

April 19th from 1 – 3pm at the Smith Alumni Center

Sponsored by the President’s Sustainability Commission, join us in celebrating significant achievements by CSU and CSU faculty relating to sustainability. This event recognizes a broad range of sustainability achievements across the University including awards, grants, significant milestones, and new initiatives. 

CSU Events Calendar – Sustainability Milestones & Recognition Event

Sustainability fund presentations

April 19th from 3 – 4pm hosted virtually.

The CSU Sustainability Fund, sponsored by the President’s Sustainability Commission, allocated a total of $25,000 to seven project proposals that support sustainability at CSU. Learn about these projects and their progress thus far. Virtual presentations are split up between two days.

Join the Virtual Presentation on Microsoft Teams

Antarctic Lecture Series

April 19th from 6:30 to 7:30pm hosted virtually on Zoom.

This lecture series is hosted once a month throughout the academic year discussing life and work ‘on the ice’ with invited Antarctic researchers.

Antarctic Lecture Series – Sustainability (colostate.edu)

Water Career Panel

April 18th 4:00 – 5:30pm in Natural Resources Building, NR345.

The Colorado Water Center will be putting on a Water Career Panel for an opportunity to network and engage with staff and professionals! 

Water Career Panel | Colorado Water Center | Colorado State University (colostate.edu)

Watering the West Showing

April 19th starting at 6pm at the LSC Theater.

Movie showing aimed to increase understanding of water scarcity issues in Fort Collins and the greater Colorado/Southwest America region 

CSU Earth Day Festival

April 20th from 10am – 2pm at the LSC West Lawn.

We are excited to announce that CSU’s Earth Day Festival will be in-person this year! CSU student organizations, academic departments, Fort Collins sustainability-related organizations, and other vendors will be joining our celebration.

If you are a vendor interested in having a table at the Earth Day Festival, please register here by April 18th. 

CSU Events Calendar – Earth Day Festival

Post-Fossil Fuel Food Map by Mary Mattingly: Talk & Art Installation

April 20th at 12:00pm at the Powerhouse Energy Campus, classroom #104.

Join Colorado State University Energy Institute and the Gregory Allicar Museum of Art for an artist talk by Mary Mattingly and the unveiling of her work in its new location. The artist talk, unveiling, and reception celebrate the permanent installation of Mattingly’s artwork Post-Fossil Fuel Food Map (2021) at the Powerhouse Energy Campus. Mattingly will give a forty minute presentation followed by a brief audience Q&A. Light refreshments provided.

The artist talk will be recorded and uploaded afterwards to GAMA’s website and YouTube page. Free and open to all! More info: https://artmuseum.colostate.edu/events/mary-mattingly-artist-talk/

Eco Leaders Independent Project Showcase

April 21st from 4 – 5:30 pm at the Pavilion.

Browse through a culmination of the Eco Leaders peer education spring semester independent projects. Learn about the new sustainability projects and initiatives students are proposing for Housing & Dining Services and CSU.

Eco Leaders Program – Housing & Dining Services (colostate.edu)

Arbor Day Celebration & Tree Planting

April 22nd from 11am – 1pm at South Campus, Diagnostic Medicine Center. 

These plantings, on Tree Campus in Higher Education Arbor Day, are in celebration of the 150th Arbor Day and the Campus Arboretum. All welcome with no experience necessary – CSU students and employees, as well as the Fort Collins community, are invited. Learn more about CSU’s dedication to trees as an Arb-Net LevelIII campus in the video at the bottom of this page or by visiting the CSU Arboretum Site.

Contact Julia Innes to sign up to help plant trees! Julia.Innes@colostate.edu.

Sustainable On-Campus Walking Tour

April 22nd from 1 – 2pm, starting at the Spoke (Northwest of the Pavillion).

Explore sustainability features on campus, including the GeoX project, green living walls, and alternative transportation infrastructure. We will end at the Nancy Richardson Design Center, where participants can stay longer to virtually tour a student-designed tiny house using VR headsets. *Note the different start and end locations. This is a collaboration between Facilities Management, Parking and Transportation Services, and Housing and Dining Services.  The tour will take place rain or shine; however, will move indoors in extreme weather.

Please sign up here if you would like to join the tour: Sustainable On-Campus Walking Tour — Signup Sheet | SignUp.com

CSUnity Day

April 23rd from 10:30am – 2:30pm.

For the 25th year, SLiCE’s CSUnity Day is back for National Volunteer Month! Teams of 5 or more Rams will participate in volunteer activities like clean-up projects or community engagement in the Fort Collins area. Register your team or solo to be added to a SLiCE Team by April 1st: CSUnity – Lory Student Center (colostate.edu)

12th Annual Fort Collins Earth Day Festival

April 23rd from 11am – 5pm at Civic Center Park.

Fort Collins’ Earth Day Festival, put on by the Sustainable Living Assosciation, will feature a combination of activities and events for all ages, including informational booths and displays, kids activities, arts & crafts, live music, speakers, local food and a beer garden. Local non-profits will have booths to provide the opportunity to learn about issues in the area and how you can get involved.

Please bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Larimer County Food Bank!

Sustainable Living Association | Earth Day Fort Collins

Food Justice Week – April 25th through 29th

Resourcefulness & Reframing Food Waste

April 25th from 1 – 3:15pm at Ram’s Against Hunger Food Pantry.

Guiding Questions: How can a food bank be a center for community empowerment? What kind of role can food banks have in transforming the food system?  

This event will include a tour of the CSU food pantry to reframe food pantry use from a scarcity perspective to one of food rescue.  Mike Buttram and Hugo Pantigoso will be heading up tours of the pantry and the Horticulture Center where much of the produce for the pantry is grown. Curtis Kline will conduct an interactive workshop at the end of the tour at the pantry to illustrate the system of food justice. 

Sign up to join the tour here: Center for Environmental Justice: Resourcefulness for Food Justice: Re-framing Food Waste (signupgenius.com)

Event Information: https://col.st/3vC0E

AGU Hydrology Days 

April 25th to 27th at the Lory Student Center. 

The American Geophysical Union, in collaboration with the One Water Institute and the Department of Civil Engineering, hosts Hydrology Days to explore the interconnections of water and linked systems and how engineering can relate to water use and conservation. Distinguished hydrology professors from CSU and other universities will deliver keynote speeches. Undergraduate and Graduate students will also have the opportunity to present their hydrology research during the Student Showcase event.

Registration is required to attend Hydrology Days events; please register here by April 8th!

Hydrology Days | Water Connects Us All (colostate.edu)

Permaculture as a Solution to Food Justice

Guiding Question: How does permaculture create a system of caring for the earth, caring for people, and fair distribution?

Garden of Eatin’ at The Gardens on Spring Creek

April 26th from 10:30am – 11:30am at the Gardens on Spring Creek

 Mary Miller will give students a tour of the Garden of Eatin’ and the Community Garden and explain how the “Plant it Forward” program works to grow fresh produce for our local food bank.

Register here for the event: Center for Environmental Justice: Garden of Eatin’ at The Gardens on Spring Creek (signupgenius.com)

Event Information: https://col.st/eHQiR

Permaculture Farm Tour

April 26th from  2:00 – 3:00pm 

Albert Bimper, local Black Farmer, will lead students on a tour of his farm where he employs permaculture methods.

Register here to attend: Center for Environmental Justice: Permaculture Farm Tour with Albert Blimper (signupgenius.com)

Event Information: https://col.st/EGw5n

Food for Healing-Healing Our Food: Traditional Knowledge and Food Justice

Guiding Question: How can reclaiming history and traditional knowledge impact food justice?

Herbal Medicine: The Medicine of the People

April 27th from  10 – 11:30am, LSC Room 312

Join Certified Herbalist, Brita LaTona, for an introduction to herbal medicine. In every culture, globally, herbal medicine has been the first medicine of the people, for the people. In this workshop we will discuss the importance of reclaiming our health and healing by getting to know herbalism as a lifestyle and practice. We will discuss herbalism as a healing modality, the primary ways to administer herbal remedies, and common plants that grow well in this region. Each student will get the opportunity to make their own herbal tea blend to bring home.

Registration Link (limited to 30 people): Center for Environmental Justice: Herbal Medicine: The Medicine of the People (signupgenius.com)

Event Information: https://col.st/Zd1Gz

Connecting the History of Food to our Health and Justice

April 27th from 1:30 – 2:30pm, LSC Room 382

Guiding Question: How can reclaiming history and traditional knowledge impact food justice?

Roundtable discussion with Jamal Skinner, Executive Director of the Cultural Enrichment Center and Duan Ruff, Director of B/AACC to explore the historical and traditional connections to food for healing, and the land.

Registration is limited to 30 participants. Exact event location will be shared directly with registrants.

Register for this event: Center for Environmental Justice: Connecting the History of Food to our Health & Justice (signupgenius.com)

Event Information: https://col.st/FX3MM

Bees, Please! A hands-on look at the importance of pollination

April 27th from 1 – 2pm in room B302 of the Natural and Environmental Sciences Building (NESB).

The Natural Sciences Education and Outreach Center is hosting this event about Colorado pollinators. In this session, participants will learn about Colorado native bee species and the role they play in pollinating a surprisingly large portion of our food supply. Data explored in this activity come from an on-going citizen science project that started at CSU.  This event is limited to the first 30 people who RSVP to Andrew Warnock, Andrew.Warnock@colostate.edu.

Directions to NESB B302: https://www.cns-eoc.colostate.edu/docs/CNSEOCmap.pdf

Distinguished Ecologist Lecture Series: Peter Reich, University of Minnesota

April 27th & 28th from 4 – 5 pm at the LSC Cherokee Ballroom. Coffee & Tea at 3:30pm with a reception following the seminar. 

Hosted by SoGES and the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology, the Distinguished Ecologist Lecture Series brings experts in ecological sciences from CSU and other universities to our campus. As a free and open to the public series, people of all backgrounds are invited to attend. Peter Reich’s work is multi-faceted and touches upon various aspects of terrestrial ecology, attempting to link fundamental physiology with community dynamics and ecosystem structure and function, within the context of the myriad of global environmental challenges that face us. Peter is Regents Professor, Distinguished McKnight University Professor, F.B. Hubachek, Sr. Chair in Forest Ecology and Tree Physiology at University of Minnesota.

April 27, 2022 “The challenges of being an ecologist in the 21st century: We might be good at what we do, but is what we do of much good?”

April 28, 2022 “The strength of simplicity and the challenge of complexity: traits, trade-offs, integration and scaling in an era of multiple global changes”

Distinguished Ecologist Seminars | Graduate Degree Program in Ecology | Colorado State University (colostate.edu)

Volunteer for Food Justice

April 29th, throughout the day.

Guiding Question: How can you play a role in improving Food Justice?

This will be a day for volunteering at a variety of organizations: Rams Food Pantry, Gardens on Spring Creek, Albert Blimper’s Farm, Growing Project, FoCo Café, Cultural Enrichment Center, Village Earth, and Food Bank or Larimer County.

Fill out the Volunteer Form: https://col.st/pxdMy