Earth Month at Emory offers food for thought

By Amanda Martin | Emory Report | April 21, 2013

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Students participate in Earth Month's "green eggs and ham" cooking class on Earth Day.

In support of the annual Earth Day celebration dedicated to protecting the planet and raising awareness for the environmental movement, Emory has a full slate of events planned throughout the month of April.

"Earth Month is the highlight of our year," says Ciannat Howett, director of sustainability initiatives. "Groups from across the Emory community are organizing events to raise awareness about conservation and to encourage our campus and community to take steps to live more sustainably."

Green Egss and Ham demo

Illustration by Erica Ervin

From a "green eggs and ham" cooking class on Earth Day, to a film screening about urban farming on April 24, to the fourth annual Berry Bash on April 30 – there is something for everyone on the roster of Earth Month activities.

New this year is Emory's first Earth Week Festival on Tuesday, April 23. In conjunction with the Emory Farmers Market from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. in Asbury Circle, this special market day will feature music, educational displays, and a cooking demonstration by an Emory chef. From Bike Emory to ZipCar, the Earth Week Festival will feature engaging and educational displays of sustainability initiatives at Emory and throughout Atlanta, sustainability-related nonprofits, businesses, musicians and student groups. Visit the Emory Recycles booth to pot a flower using compost from Emory's own food waste.

There are many opportunities to get involved:

  • Talk about global health with Emory experts on World Water Day April 9

  • Enjoy an all-local and sustainable meal at the Earth Day Lunch on April 22

  • Volunteer with Global Growers Network at a community garden on April 13

  • Take a Fair Trade Tour of Atlanta on April 20

  • See how art and science connect at the School of Medicine Art Gala on April 27.

Ongoing activities throughout the month include e-waste recycling, personal document shredding, a book recycling program, a year-end sale at Emory Surplus Properties, and a recycling competition between Emory buildings.

See the Earth Month calendar for the full schedule of events.