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Earth Day sprouts into month-long celebration at Emory

Events on campus will raise awareness and celebrate environmental topics of interest. Emory Photo/Video.

Earth Day is celebrated around the world on April 22. For many years, Emory's observance has spilled beyond Earth Day to include numerous activities throughout a month-long celebration on campus and in the surrounding community.

These events help to raise awareness and educate the Emory community about the environment and share practical ways to preserve it. 

This year, there is something planned for just about everyone. Activities include a film screening about urban farming recycling events and contests and a special farmers market featuring educational tables and vendors. 

A "green" eggs and ham demonstration will provide a hands-on demonstration for graduating seniors about how to make a sustainable and nutritious omelet using farm eggs and local seasonal produce, while the annual Top Sustainable Chef competition challenges student chefs to prepare a dish using a secret ingredient.

Earth Month Highlights

April 1 – 30

Building Recycling Competition

The building that recycles the most debris receives $3,000 worth of recycling equipment.

April 2

"Break the Cycle of Environmental Health Disparities" conference

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Rollins School of Public Health Alperin Auditorium

Register at

Environment and Development Awareness and Networking Night

6 to 8 p.m., Math and Science Building Atrium

Meet alumni, faculty and professionals from Emory and the Atlanta area and learn about the many facets of environment and development and how to become involved in the future. This event is open to all students, staff and faculty.

April 2 – 6

Electronic Waste Recycling

Drop off electronic waste inside the lobby of Building A on the Briarcliff Campus.

April 3

Food in Art Exhibit

5 to 6:30 p.m., Food E U in the DUC

Exhibit by Emory students showcasing visual artworks that incorporate food.

April 4

Net Impact Info Session

4 p.m., location TBD

Come learn about Net Impact, a student group that uses business to create a more sustainable world. Contact Madison Poche at for details.

April 9 – 13

Personal Document Shredding

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to bring all non-Emory personal documents for confidential shredding to drop-off locations throughout campus.

April 11

Sustainable Chef: Round 1

11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Asbury Circle

The annual student cooking competition uses a seasonal sustainable ingredient provided by Emory Dining.

April 14

Community Gardening Volunteering

Join the Sustainable Food Committee and Volunteer Emory for a morning of hands-on volunteering at a local community garden. After the morning experience, the group will gather on campus for a provided lunch and discussion on the importance of sustainable urban agriculture. Contact Will Canon at for details.

April 16

Film Screening: "Urban Roots"

7 p.m., Food E U in the DUC

The documentary highlights the emergence of urban farming in Detroit.

April 17

Farmers Market Party

12 to 5 p.m., Cox Hall Bridge

The weekly market includes samples from Sparkman's Dairy.

Emory Dining's 100-Mile Meal

11 a.m. to 2 p.m., DUC

The meal features food grown or raised within 100 miles of Emory's campus.

Plate Day at Cox Hall

Patrons are encouraged to use ceramic plates instead of to-go ware.

Earth Day Lunch at Dining at Dobbs

Sustainable and local food will be featured.

Book discussion: Jed Brody

6 p.m. at Emory Barnes & Noble Bookstore

A talk and booksigning by the Emory physics lecturer will include Brody's published short stories and his book "The Philodentrist Heresy."

April 18

Earth Week + Wonderful Wednesday

12 to 2 p.m., Asbury Circle

The event includes a Greeks Go Green-sponsored clothing swap on the Cox Hall Bridge.

Sustainable Chef: Round 2 at Wonderful Wednesday

11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Asbury Circle

This is Part II of the annual student cooking competition using a seasonal sustainable ingredient provided by Emory Dining.

April 19

"Green Eggs and Ham"

6 to 8 p.m., Cox Hall Kitchen

The sustainable omelet cooking class is for graduating seniors only. Register with Julie Shaffer at

April 20

Horticultural Therapy Plant Sale

Wesley Woods Greenhouse

Earth Day Carnival and Hippie Rally

3 p.m., Oxford College Quad

April 23

The Pros and Cons of Chocolate

9 to 7:30 p.m., Few Hall Demo Kitchen

Register with Julie Shaffer at

For the complete listing and additional information, see the Earth Month 2012 calendar (PDF).

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