UT celebrating Earth Week through dinners, demonstrations and more

Sarah Bloodworth

This April, UT has gone green. Along with billions of people worldwide, the Longhorn community celebrates environmental awareness through a series of eco-friendly events leading up to Earth Day this Saturday. The festivities, which are led by UT’s Office of Sustainability, encourage students to connect, commit and act to promote sustainable practices.

Earth Week events for the remainder of the week include the following:

The Local Harvest Dinner at J2 and Kinsolving Dining Halls
Hosted by: Division of Housing and Food Service
Date: April 20
J2: 5 – 8 p.m. Kinsolving: 4:30 – 7 p.m.
Dining halls are continuing a tradition of serving completely locally sourced food, featuring interactive games, food samples and prizes.

Tabling Fair Kickoff at East Mall
Hosted by: Campus Environmental Center
Date: April 21
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
A tabling fair consisting of organizations on campus who are proactive in keeping UT sustainable and educated about the environment. Yes, there will be t-shirts.

Build Your Own Succulent Terrarium at East Mall
Hosted by: Campus Environmental Center
Date: April 21
9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
An event where members of the UT community can get creative with cacti by building their own plant decor.

Zero Waste Weekend at UT Baseball and Softball Field
Hosted by: Texas Athletics
Dates: April 21-23
4:30 – 6:30 p.m., 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., 7 – 10 p.m.
A three-game series spanning Earth Day weekend. In an effort to bring awareness to sustainable practices, all the waste generated from the games will be recycled and composted instead of sent to a landfill.
March for Science Austin
Date: April 22
Times: All day
UT’s March for Science event will meet at the West Mall at 10 a.m. and meet up with the official March for Science Austin at the Capitol. The march will then leave the Capitol around noon and walk to the Earth Day celebration at Huston-Tillotson University.

Earth Day ATX
Date: April 22
Time: Noon – 7pm
Earth Day ATX, held at Huston-Tillotson University, will feature live music, self-driving vehicle demo rides, a Thoughtful Living Showcase hosted by Treehouse, a vegetarian food sampling circuit and a kids zone.