Earthday 2014

Earth Day Banner

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  • E1: Cowtown Cleanup (litter cleanup) | Mar. 30, 9-11am at MET South Entrance | Free t-shirt and supplies RSVP HERE
  • E2: Healthy People, Healthy Planet Lunch & Learn | Apr. 2, 12-1pm in IREB 230 | Free lunch & reusable cutlery set | Debbie Gillespie, MS, MDN, LD will speak about easy plant-based meal preparation and food storage.  Join us for a FREE build-a-bowl lunch (first come, first serve).
  • E3: Recycling/Waste Reduction Seminar | Apr. 4, 3pm in EAD 406 | Free reusable straw set  |  Learn about recycling properly and strategies to reduce your waste.
  • E4: Yoga Class/Sustainability in Active Wear Talk | Apr. 5, 12-1:15pm at IREB Medicinal Garden (rainout – EAD 524) | Free water bottle  | Hear from Dr. Shweta Reddy, TCU Associate Professor in Fashion Merchandising, then participate in a yoga class.  Dr. Reddy will introduce general concepts of sustainability issues related to active wear and recommendations on how to make your wardrobe more ec0-friendly and sustainable.  The yoga class is sponsored and brought to you by FitWorth, bringing a healthy way of living to Fort Worth.
  • E5: Gardening in North Texas Lunch & Learn | Apr. 11, 12-1pm at Alumni Plaza (rainout – CBH 220) | Free veggie burgers and sides (first come, first serve) |  Laura Miller with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Tarrant County will speak about how to garden here in our region.
  • E6: The Clean Bin Project Documentary (~ 50 min.) | Apr. 12, 12pm in LIB 110 | Free popcorn and reusable straw set | Is it possible to live waste free?  This short documentary follows one couple as they attempt to live waste free for a year.  Be challenged in this funny yet hopeful film.  FREE popcorn!
  • E7: Community Garden Work Day | Apr. 16, 11am-1pm (come and go) | Chance to win planter and free meal from Torched Apron  | UNTHSC’s Community Garden is celebrating 5 years!  Come help us get the garden ready for spring by laying mulch and working in the garden.
  • E8: Air North Texas Jeopardy | Apr. 16, 3pm or 3:45pm in MET 109-111 | Free silicone lunch container  |  Air North Texas is a regional campaign to help us work together towards cleaner air for our health and the environment.  Come to this fun game and win prizes!  Each session will last about 30 minutes.
  • E9: The Clean Bin Project Documentary (~ 50 min.) | Apr. 24, 5:15pm in LIB 110 | Free popcorn and reusable straw set | Is it possible to live waste free?  This short documentary follows one couple as they attempt to live waste free for a year.  Be challenged in this funny yet hopeful film.  FREE popcorn!
  • E10: Recycling/Waste Reduction Seminar | Apr. 25, 12pm in CBH 230 | Free reusable straw set | Learn about recycling properly and strategies to reduce your waste.

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  • C1: SAAM Flowerbed Dedication | Apr. 10, 11:30am at SSC North Entrance | This event is sponsored by the Office of Wellness Services as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.  Flowers will be planted and the bed dedicated to raise awareness about sexual assault and support those affected.
  • C2: Fun Club Little Free Library Book Drive | Apr. 17, 10-11am in LIB 2nd Floor | Donate a book(s) and come to the Little Free Library’s Grand Opening hosted by the Best Place For All Committee!
  • C3: Coffee Trike | Apr. 22, 10am-12pm at IREB Medicinal Garden (free coffee)  | Come be wowed while you get a cup of coffee from a guy on a bike who grinds coffee and talks about sustainability while pedaling!
  • 044C4: Electronic Waste Recycling | Apr. 23, 7:30-10:30am at MET loading dock |  Bring all your old electronics and more to this FREE e-waste recycling event.  Click here to see what all is accepted.  You can drive up the the MET loading dock, get assistance to help you unload, then be on your way.  Get a FREE reusable straw set for donating!  Please note, this service is only available during this time.  We will not accept items before or after this event.  If you miss it, know that you can recycle electronics at Best Buy or check with your city for events.
  • C5: Bike, walk, ride transit or carpool to campus  | Be green and healthy by using alternative transportation to campus.  Trinity Metro’s Route 2 comes by campus every 15 minutes and the new TexRail just opened!
  • C6: Donate to the Student Food Pantry  | This pantry is sponsored by Wellness Services and is a resource for students.  See the donation guidelines here.
  • C7: Donate to the Professional Attire Resource Closet  | This closet is sponsored by the Career Center and is a resource for students.  See the donation guidelines here.
  • C8: Document Shredding  |  Institutional Compliance will be providing FREE document shredding for our campus community in the LIB 2nd floor cafe area from April 15-25.

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  • F1: No Plastic Straws Pledge | TAKE THE PLEDGE NOW
  • F2: BYO Bottle/Coffee Mug Pledge | TAKE THE PLEDGE NOW
  • F3: Reusable Cutlery Pledge | TAKE THE PLEDGE NOW
  • F4: Reduce-Reuse-Recycle Challenge | TAKE THE PLEDGE NOW
  • F5: Meatless Monday Pledge | TAKE THE PLEDGE NOW
  • F6: Volunteer | We encourage you to volunteer and serve the community.  Mark this on your BINGO card if you volunteer during Earth Month BINGO.
  • F7: Choose any activity from any category | This is your “free space” where you get to choose any activity from any category!

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  • R1: Recycle using TerraCycle  | TerraCycle specializes in recycling “nonrecyclables” such as razors and food pouches and most programs are free.  Search for something new you can recycle!
  • R2: Recycle plastic bags at the store | Grocery stores and others like Target and Walmart accept plastic bags (and other film or flimsy plastic) in bins at their stores.  Collect the plastic regularly and take it on your next trip.
  • R3: Recycle light bulbs |  Lowe’s recycles CFLs at drop-off centers in their stores.  Other bulbs, you can use TerraCycle.  We recycle all the bulbs here on campus through a vendor.
  • R4: Use reusable bags at stores | Americans use 100 billion plastic bags a year (see article here).  Do your part to reduce your use of these single-use bags by using your own reusable bags.
  • R5: Use reusable straw or cutlery | Single use straws and cutlery like forks and spoons are not typically recyclable and are a litter problem (see article for more details).  Choose to use stainless steel, reusable items that last.  There are many travel varieties available such as the set we are giving out as prizes for multiple BINGOs.
  • R6: Use a reusable mug for coffee | Coffee cups are not typically recyclable due to plastic lining.  Reduce your environmental impact and save money by using your own reusable coffee mug on campus and at coffee shops.  Many places even give a discount! Learn more here.
  • R7: Compost food waste | Composting your food waste is a great way to reduce your environmental impact since it produces methane in landfills while benefiting soil.  Check out EPAs site to learn more about the benefits and how to start.
  • R8: Upcycle | Upcycling is creative way to make new uses for items that are considered waste.  Get inspiration and see examples here!

 

T-shirt/Prize Pick-Up Times:

Bring your BINGO card with the activity codes in the BINGO boxes of the activities you completed.

  • Tuesday, Apr. 23, 7:30-10:30am at MET Loading Dock
  • Friday, Apr. 26, 12-2pm in LIB 2nd Floor Lobby
  • Tuesday, Apr. 30, 11am-1pm in EAD Atrium
  • Thursday, May 2, 2-4pm in IREB Lobby

 

Prizes for Completing More Than One BINGO:

If you complete more than one BINGO, turn in your BINGO card at a T-shirt pick-up time (see above) and be entered in a drawing for prizes such as:

  • Free meal voucher to Four Star Cafe or Torched Apron (6 available)
  • Modern Art Museum tickets (2)
  • Travel stainless steel cutlery set including straws, chopsticks, and travel bag (2 available)
  • Amazon.com gift card ($25)
  • Sustainability Goodie Bags (3 available; it includes a bag, water bottle, cutlery set, and straw set)

 

Click Below for the Calendar of Events/Activities:

Earth Month Calendar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This year Earth Day celebrates its 50th anniversary, and it all started when people demanded that we protect public health by protecting our natural resources.  We will celebrate virtually with a theme of “coming together” even though we are apart.  See below for ways to participate.

  • Virtual Earth Day Celebration | Apr. 22-May 6, 2020 (anytime) |  Let’s celebrate Earth Day together (but apart) during this time!  You’ll complete 5 simple items to be entered in a drawing for a $25 Amazon.com gift cardTwo ways to participate:
  1. Submit this completed downloadable form to sustainability@unthsc.edu by May 6th OR
  2. Complete the online form available HERE by May 6th.
  • UNTHSC Community Garden Harvest for Students | Apr. 22 (Earth Day) at 10am at the garden Due to weather, the harvest has been moved to Thursday, April 23rd from 1:30pm-2:30pm (3621 W 7th Street Fort Worth TX) |  The garden will be harvesting and donating fresh produce for students in need for pick-up between 1:30-2:30pm (first come, first serve).  If there is anything left after that time, it will be placed in the racks on the south side of the tool shed for anyone to take.  More information about the garden can be found at unthsc.edu/communitygarden.
  • Revised Wwpc BinClothing Drive | Apr. 22-May 6, 2020 (anytime) at MET west driveway |  World Wear Project collects various items for reuse or repurpose.  The Environmental Conservation Interest Group, a student organization on campus, has arranged for them to work with our campus, and the group will receive $0.10/lb. collected.  Items include clothing, shoes, belts, purses, backpacks, wallets, hard toys, stuffed animals, pots and pans.  Items NOT accepted include furniture, knives, appliances, and items with glass.  You can simply drive up and put your items in the receptacle (no contact with others is necessary).
  • Earth Friendly Activities With Kids | Since we’re all at home a little more right now, do some eco-activities with your kids this month!  We’ve come up with a list of 8 activities that can be done from home.  Some of the activities include energy games, picking up litter, and practicing kindness.  Please remember to practice social distancing and wash your hands when doing these activities.  See the full list HERE!  Also, here’s a link to some Earth-themed coloring pages.
  • Virtual Upcycled/Repurposed Contest | Vote by May 6th  |  UNTHSC Students and employees submitted projects for this contest.  To upcycle or repurpose is to make something new from waste material or an existing product.  See the projects that were submitted and vote HERE by May 6th.
  • Like us on Facebook or Follow us on Instagram for more ways to celebrate Earth Day and tag us with what you’re doing!

 

Cancellations or Postponements:

  • Electronic Waste Recycling | RESCHEDULED FOR SEPTEMBER 2020 |  Bring all your old electronics and more to this FREE e-waste recycling event.  Click here to see what all is accepted.  You can drive up the the MET loading dock, get assistance to help you unload, then be on your way.
  • Earth Day Event | April 23rd, 11am-1pm in MET |  For safety reasons, this event has been cancelled.  We look forward to getting together in April 2021!

 

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Virtual HSC Earth Day Celebration

HSC Sustainability hosted a Virtual Earth Day Celebration in April 2021 with live events, the Healthy You, Healthy Planet Food Challenge, and on-demand videos on various topics.  Because most of the videos are still available, HSC Employees and students can still participate and receive a FREE HSC insulated water bottle/coffee mug!  Follow these steps to participate:

  1. Download the Earth Day Form.  Watch 5 videos and note any takeaways in the space provided on the form.  Videos are linked on the form (click on the titles) or you can find the links below.  Please note, the Healthy You, Healthy Planet Food Challenge and Kiss the Ground Movie Club are not available. 
  2. Email the completed form to sustainability@unthsc.edu at your convenience.  We will give you directions on picking up your water bottle.  This will be available as long as supplies last.  

In keeping with our goal to purchase products better for us and better for the planet, these water bottles were manufactured from a Certified B Corp and Climate Neutral Certified company.   Contact us if you have any questions.

VIRTUAL LIVE SESSIONS (open to the community)

Sustainable Menstruation

April 13th at Noon via Zoom

A conversation on the environmental, cultural, health, and financial impacts of menstruation and actions we can take.  The recording is available HERE.  

Cooking 101: Learn basic cooking skills to reduce your impact and eat healthier

April 21st at noon 

Learning basic cooking skills can help people decrease their consumption of processed food which has positive health and environmental impacts.  This live session will feature a cooking demonstration from Blue Zones with an emphasis on plant-based eating.  The recording is available HERE.

Greening Your Closet – Ethical & Sustainable Fashion

April 22nd at 7pm via Zoom

Learn how to make your wardrobe more sustainable with Lori Palumbo, Director of Social Enterprise for the Center for Transforming Lives.  The recording is available HERE.

CcWhy Should Health Care Professionals Care About Climate Change?  A Conversation with Health Care Without Harm

April 27th at Noon via Zoom

Dr. Amy Collins, a practicing emergency medicine physician, health care sustainability professional, and senior clinical advisor for Health Care Without Harm will share why health care professionals should care about climate change.  The recording is available HERE.  

Movie Club – Kiss the Ground

April 28th at 3pm via Zoom

Join us for a fun and interactive discussion on the documentary film Kiss the Ground.  If you cannot make this time/date, proceed with registration and we’ll schedule more times if needed.  The film is available on Netflix or Vimeo (rental fee $1), and its duration is 1 hour and 25 minutes.  During this informal “Movie Club” virtual meeting, we’ll discuss key takeaways particularly as they relate to public and environmental health. 

This event has passed and was not recorded.  

HEALTHY YOU, HEALTHY PLANET FOOD CHALLENGE

3aHSC Sustainability and Lifestyle Health Sciences are partnering up to offer the Healthy You, Healthy Planet Food Challenge.  The challenge runs from April 12-30, but you can join now through April 26th.  The challenge will include 3 options so you can start where you are and take your food choices to the next level for a healthier you and healthier planet.  Anyone whether affiliated with HSC or not can participate!

Details of the challenge:

  • Weekly Emails: Each week for 3 weeks, you’ll receive an email with your challenge that week and information to help you along the way.  Information on how your food choices affect your health and the environment will be included.  The weekly topics include:
    • Healthy & Sustainable Choices From Your Starting Point
    • Eating Greener
    • Plant Powered Protein
  • Weekly Check-ins (optional):  Each week, Debbie Gillespie, Assistant Professor in the Department of Lifestyle Sciences, and Sandy Bauman, Sustainability Coordinator, will expand on the week’s topic through a 30 minute zoom call with participants of the challenge.  We’ll go deeper into the material and answer questions.  The check-ins are scheduled as follows (calls will be recorded for later viewing):
    • April 14th at noon via zoom
    • April 20th at noon via zoom
    • April 29th at noon via zoom
  • Social Media: We encourage you to post your actions on social media using #HSCearthdaychallenge and tag us @sustainableUNTHSC on Facebook and Instagram.  If you do, we’ll give you a FREE reusable travel cutlery set (sets available for HSC employees or students only).  

This event has passed and is not currently available.  

ON-DEMAND VIDEOS

Food & Gardening

Lifestyle, Health, & Kids

  • Sustainability in the Kitchen – What we eat and how we buy, eat, and store our food affects our own health and the health of the planet.  Learn ways you can be more sustainable with your food. (10min)
  • Practicing Sustainability with Kids – Learn easy ways you can practice sustainability with your kids in this quick video. (10min)
  • Impacts of Climate Change – This animated video covers the basics about climate change, how it affects our health and the environment, and what we can do.  (8min)

Reduce – Reuse – Recycle

At HSC

  • 10 Tips from YOUR Sustainability Committee – HSC’s Sustainability Committee was established in 2012.  Here representatives from the committee give 10 tips on how to be more sustainable.  (5min)
  • Sustainability in Our Labs – The Lab Efficiency Action Program (LEAP) encourages labs to be more sustainable.  Learn about the program and hear from researchers across campus.  (4min)
  • Coming Back to Campus the Sustainable Way – As HSC moves toward being more in person from the pandemic, why not come back in a better, more efficient and sustainable way?  Learn 10 tips for coming back to campus the sustainable way.  (8min)