Earth Day and Arbor Day

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We invite you to celebrate with us during our joint commemoration of Earth Day and Arbor Day every year, highlighting the interconnections between climate, environment, and society.

Earth Week has come and gone. This Earth Week began a little early with a successful Conscious Campus Road Tour meeting that brought together students to think of ideas of how to improve sustainability on campus. The week officially kicked off with a lecture by Dr. Richard Thorsten of We concluded the week by planting many trees just outside of McCutcheon Hall. The list of events that took place during this past Earth Week can be seen below.

2015 Earth Day and Arbor Day Celebrations

 Tuesday, April 14, 2015



Notes / Location

6:00 – 8:30pm

Town Hall Meeting: Conscious Campus Road Tour


Going Green is sponsoring this dinner gathering as a part of their Conscious Campus Road Tour in order to develop a student-led sustainability project on campus. All students and faculty are invited, and the FREE DINNER will be provided from Chipotle.

Amelia’s Café


Wednesday, April 15, 2015



Notes / Location

1:00 – 4:00pm

Green Career Fair – Hosted by SSC

ARMS Atrium


Monday, April 20, 2015



Notes / Location

7:00 – 8:30pm

Lecture – Dr. Rich Thorsten –

Water in the developing world

Dr. Richard Thorsten, the Director of International Programs for, will be giving a guest lecture as part of the Discovery Lecture Series titled: "The Value of 'Capital' in Securing Safe Water and Sanitation Today and Tomorrow."

Fowler Hall (STEW)


Tuesday, April 21, 2015



Notes / Location

6:00 – 7:30pm

Documentary Screening for Students – Racing to Zero

Racing to Zero follows San Francisco's progress to fulfill its promise of being zero waste by 2020.

Shreve / Snacks


Wednesday, April 22, 2015



Notes / Location

12:00 – 1:00pm

Bike to School Event – Begin at Arch and end at Unfinished P.

Pat Boling & Rose Kaczmarowski


A bike to school event created by Professor's Pat Boling and Rose Kaczmarowski in order to raise awareness about pedestrian and bicyclist safety.

Unfinished ‘P’ Grab and go lunch.

3:30 – 6:00pm

Poster Session – Earth Day / Purdue Climate Change Research Center

Brought to you by the Purdue Climate Change Research Center, the event is open to all students, and the event is intended to generate ideas on how to combat climate change.

PMU 118

6:00 – 8:00pm

Keynote Lecture – Mayor James Brainard – Carmel, IN

Sustainable Communities

Mayor James Brainard, Carmel, IN's first 5 time mayor has grown Carmel's parkland, greenspace, and trails. He was appointed in November of 2013 to the Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience by the President of the United States.

Fowler hall (STEW)


Thursday, April 23, 2015



Notes / Location

12:00 – 2:00pm

Tree Campus USA event

Students and Staff will watch an example of how we plant Trees on Purdue’s campus and then break out into groups to plant on their own.


IWF Conservation Educator Award  - Erin Baird, Executive Director

Students and Staff who want to participate will watch an example of how we plant trees on Purdue's campus and then break into groups to plant their own tree. Lunch will be provided.

McCutcheon Hall Lunch Provided to all

The holiday we now celebrate as Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970. In the 1960's events such as Cleveland's Cuyahoga River fire and the publishing of Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring" began creating an environmental fervor. Wisconsin senator Gaylord Nelson was inspired to create a holiday that would focus on mobilizing the public. More than 50 years later we are still celebrating this holiday in a time when sustainability is more important than ever. Here at Purdue we have many events tied to community engagement and education on Earth Day. Purdue staff, faculty, and students are all encouraged to participate.

During Earth Day celebrations, you can attend movie/documentary screenings, open house discussion sessions, academic conferences, tree planting events, recycling drives, and community outreach/service, as well as many other projects organized by faculty, students, and service groups/departments like the Center for the Environment, Boiler Green Initiative, and the Office of University Sustainability (OUS).

Due to our commitment to Arbor Day initiatives, Purdue has been granted the designation of “Tree Campus USA” for the fifth year in a row. This honor recognizes the size, scope diversity, and maintenance of Purdue's 8,000-tree arboretum, which spans the entire campus. As per the program, Purdue has been recognized for:

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