University of Calgary

Earth Day enthusiasm spills across month of April on campus

UToday HomeMarch 27, 2013

By Elise Hetu

Earth DayTwelve diverse events will be hosted on campus throughout April, which has been coined Earth Month by the University of Calgary to extend the international celebration of Earth Day into a month-long series of campus events.

Earth Day festivities, which were organized by a committee of students, staff and faculty representing 12 groups on campus, include:

  • April 1: Kickoff BBQ
  • April 3: Greenlite Arts Festival Best in Show Closing Gala
  • April 3: Design Matters with Leon van Schaik
  • April 3: Energy 101: Sustainable Cities
  • April 11: Wind Farm Tour
  • April 11: Clothing Swap
  • April 18: Campus Clean-up & BBQ
  • April 19: Fair Trade Friday
  • April 20: Calgary Youth Science Fair
  • April 22: Sustainable Gardening Seminar
  • April 22: Screening & discussion of “Chasing Ice”
  • April 25: Higher Education Sustainability Forum

For full lineup of events and event details, visit  

Earth Day not only brings attention to the importance of environmental stewardship, it unites people around common goal. What sets this year apart is the collaboration that has occurred between various sustainability groups on campus to plan this month-long series of events.

“The Downtown Campus has recently formed a sustainability team to promote sustainable operations and use of our building in Calgary’s downtown core.  Our first major event will be the screening of the acclaimed film Chasing Ice to celebrate Earth Day on April 22”, says Jo-Anne Clarke, program director of Business and Professional Programs for Continuing Education. 

“University of Calgary’s commitment to sustainability is impressive.  The Earth Day committee is a prime example of how collaboration within education can make a difference.  It is great to see so many events happening across campuses and to be part of a growing movement.”

Clarke isn’t the only one who has experienced a sense of community around sustainability. Connor Wells, another Earth Day committee member, participates in two groups on campus related to sustainability: the Eco Club, a SU-sanctioned student club on campus, and the Foothills Eco Committee.

"Being a part of these groups has exposed me to the many layers of campus sustainability, including smaller events like clothing swaps and mug/water bottle awareness programs, to larger things like monitoring electricity usage and implementing automatic light shut offs at Foothills campus," says Wells, a fourth-year Health Science Student. "Having the opportunity to meet so many like-minded people from various backgrounds has been great.”

To learn more about Earth Day or how you can get involved in sustainability on campus, visit or email


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