This is the 6th year the Office of Sustainability has hosted an Earth Day Event on campus. In our post event survey each year, attendees always ask for more interactive booths and activities. This year the format of the event will be slightly different yet still challenge you to take steps toward living a more sustainable life both on campus and beyond.
Organic Gardening Class: All About Bees – at the UNTHSC Community Garden
Ryan Giesecke from Honey Bee Location Services will be hosting a class at the UNTHSC Community Garden on bees, their importance, and how actions we can take to protect them. The class will last approximately 30-45 minutes, and volunteers will be available to walk people from the MET’s south entrance to the garden (about a 5 minute walk). Participants will be entered into a drawing for an herb bouquet from the garden. Learn more about the UNTHSC Community Garden here.
Earth Day Cupcake Decorating Contest – MET Lobby
This is the first time to host an Earth Day themed cupcake decorating contest at the event! Plaques will be awarded by popular vote on the day of the event for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. The cupcakes will be given away as part of the general prize drawings for the event. Deadline to enter is 5pm on April 12th!
Upcycled/Repurposed Photo Contest – MET Lobby
Coffee Experience – MET 119
Look in any break room or in any travel mug on campus, you’ll find people on campus drinking coffee. There’s not doubt that coffee is a big part of many people’s day, so this Coffee Experience brings attention to the environmental, social, and economic impacts of coffee. From our local roasters to where the coffee beans are grown, you’ll learn about the story of coffee while getting to take a cup with you. Coffee Experiences will run every 15 minutes starting at 11am and going through 1pm on the day of the event (the experience takes about 10 minutes). No RSVP is needed but space is limited, so be on time and get ready for a great, local cup of joe from Cuppa Coffee, a local roaster in town catered by Coffee : Experience.
Coffee will be served in eco-friendly, compostable cups made from 100% renewable materials.
Interactive Booths/Activities – MET 109-111
Because the food choices we make have impacts on our environment, we’ll be having several booths dedicated to food and the environment. Food can be good for us AND good for the planet! Click here to see a summary on food and the environment.
Topics Related to Food & the Environment:
FitWorth Cooking Demonstration
FitWorth is an “active campaign designed to create a culture of wellness through physical activity and mindful eating”. At our event, one of their chefs will do a quick recipe demonstration of a dish that is good for you and is good for the environment. You’ll get a new healthy recipe while learning ways to make food choices that minimize your environmental impact. Participants are welcome to take a food sample and will receive a reusable cutlery set. There will also be a prize giveaway for one luck participant. Learn more about FitWorth here.
Blue Zones Project
Blue Zones Project is a “community-wide well-being improvement initiative to help make healthy choices in Fort Worth”. Learn more about Blue Zones Project here.
Food & the Environment – Hosted by Debbie Gillespie, Program Director/Assistant Professor, School of Health Professions
More information coming soon.
Guest speaker from UNT Denton, Wren Gafford will be here sepaking about sustainable seafood and how we can eat better and take actions to protect our oceans. Participate in this booth for a chance to win a family membership to Fort Worth SeaQuest Interactive Aquarium!
Topics Related to Reuse, Recycling, and Reducing:
Experience Plastics in Our Waterways
This interactive booth will educate you on plastics in our waterways such as rivers, lakes, and oceans while encouraging you to reduce your plastic use. Each participant will get a FREE reusable tote bag!
Get some cleanup supplies to pick up litter in your neighborhood!
UNTHSC Career Center – Professional Clothing Donation & Pick-up
As a way to reuse clothing and provide for students in need of professional clothing, the UNTHSC Career Center accepts donations of professional clothes (see the Professional Attire Resource Catalogue HERE). They will accept them at the event and also have clothes available for students to take with them. This will be located in MET 109-111.
Test your knowledge on what can be recycled on campus in this fun, interactive game. You’ll get a prize for participating such as a lunch bag or cutlery set.
Sustainable Lunches, Break Rooms, & Meetings
The Sustainability Committee is working on making our lunches, break rooms and meetings more sustainable. Come learn ways you can take action and be entered in a drawing for prizes. There will also be a board for you to tell us what you are currently doing.
Fashion, Sustainability, & Public Health: The Unseen Connection
Come learn about issues related to sustainability and public health within the fashion industry with guest speaker, Lori Fox. Be entered in a drawing for some great Fair Trade fashionable prizes!
Getting Kids Involved In Sustainability
Have kids or just want to learn ways to get them involved with protecting our planet and its resources? Come see some great children’s books, plant a seed, and give us ideas on the Idea Board. Participants will be entered in a drawing for the children’s books on display.
Regional Ride-Matching System: TryParkingIt.com
Ever considered carpooling but didn’t know where to begin? TryParkingIt.com is a regional ride-matching system through the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG), and UNTHSC has our own portal! At this booth, you can sign up in the program or simply learn more about it. Giveaways will be available for those who visit the booth courtesy of TryParkingIt.com.
Greener Office Supplies – Hosted by Office Depot
Do you purchase office supplies or simply interested in how we can supply more sustainable office supplies on campus? Come visit this booth, hosted by Office Depot, and learn about products that are better for the environment and readily available. Office Depot will be giving out samples as well.
Sexual Assault Awareness Month Flower Dedication – SSC North Flower Bed
The Office of Sustainability and Office of Wellness Services will be teaming up to host a Flower Dedication as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) on at 11:15am on the north side of the Student Service Center. This program will last roughly 15 minutes. Please come by as we honor and remember victims/survivors of sexual assault through a flower dedication. Learn more about all the SAAM Activities HERE.
Giveaways & Prizes
Giveaways and prizes are available throughout the event. You must visit at least 3 booths to be entered in the drawing for the following prizes:
- Love 41 Crossbody Organizer Purse ($239 Value)
- Weston Gardens gift card for $100
- Fort Worth Museum of Science and History tickets (2)
- Modern Art Museum tickets (2)
- Cupcakes from the Earth Day Cupcake Decorating Contest
- Sustainability Goodie Bags (2 available; it includes a tote, water bottle, cutlery set, and lunch bag).
- Bamboo eco-friendly toothbrush (20)
- Reusable stainless steel straw set (2)
Other giveaways available at the event include:
- Reusable tote bag at the “Plastics in Our Waterways” booth
- Chance to win an herb bouquet at the UNTHSC Community Garden class about bees (at noon at the garden)
- Enter the Upcycled Photo Contest for the chance to win one of 3 Amazon.com gift cards ($50, $25, and $10)
- Get a local cup of coffee at the Coffee Experience. They run every 15 minutes from 11am to 1pm. Space is limited!
- Snacks and food samples at various booths in MET 109-111
- And more!
This page was last modified on April 12, 2018