2017 Earth Day Activities

Event Date: 
Monday, April 17, 2017, 12:00 am to Saturday, April 22, 2017, 11:00 am

Earth Day Events

Legendary in SNRE’s history, our 1970 Teach-In on the Environment filled Crisler Arena, included more than 120 events, and preceded the first national celebration of Earth Day by roughly one month. It was organized by a student group called ENACT and co-chaired by Dave Allen, now professor and dean emeritus, then PhD student.

Forty-seven years later, it’s still the students – hopeful, energetic, and determined – who lead the annual campus celebration of Earth Day.

At SNRE, planning for Earth Day has been a favorite project of the school’s student government for the past several years. This year’s activities are led by three first-year master’s students, Malavika Sahai, Kirstie Hostetter, and Priscila Papias.

The schedule of events includes Run4Earth on April 15 (our third-annual fun run through the Arb), Watch4Earth on April 18 (a screening of I Do Mind Dying and Q&A with the filmmaker), Act4Earth (multi-day volunteer service with Food Gatherers and D-Town Farm), and more.

Please join us! Most events are free and open to the public.


Earth Day Photo

All Week Long: Images4Earth (Photography Exhibit)

In celebration of everything that makes Earth great, we will be showcasing photos taken by students, faculty, and staff that represent Earth Day to them. The photos will be on display in Ford Commons throughout the week. If you have a photo you would like to be displayed, email Kirstie Hostetter at kirstieh@umich.edu by midnight on Tuesday, April 4, with your high-resolution image, your name, where the photo was taken, and an optional blurb about why this photo makes you think of Earth Day. Participants will get to keep their 8"x10" printed photo.

Earth Day Fun Run

Saturday, April 15, 8am: Run4Earth (Fun Run)

Join us for a 4-mile Fun Run starting in the Diag and continuing through the Arb. The first 100 people to sign up will receive a free Run4Earth t-shirt. For this event, we are looking for a few volunteers (who will also receive t-shirts): lead runners, traffic guides, check-in helpers, and more. If you’re interested in volunteering, email Malavika Sahai at msahai@umich.edu.


Earth Day D-Town

Sunday, April 16, 10am-1pm: Act4Earth (D-Town Farms Volunteer Day)

To connect with our broader community, we will be volunteering with D-Town Farm in Detroit from 10am to 1pm. D-Town Farm is an organization committed to healthy food, a healthy planet, and healthy people. If you would like to volunteer with this amazing group, please fill out the sign-up sheet here. We’re looking for drivers, so please indicate on the sheet if you can help your car-less peers get to this event!

Earth Day Act

Tuesday, April 18, 9am-11am: Act4Earth (Food Gatherers Volunteer Day)

If you want to make an impact close to home, come volunteer with Food Gatherers in Ypsilanti from 9am to 11am. Food Gatherers exists to alleviate hunger and eliminate its causes in our community. To participate, sign up here. You’ll also need to fill out the waiver attached to this email and place it in Priscila Papias’ mail folder adjacent to the Ford Commons.

Earth Day Film

Tuesday, April 18, 7:30pm-9pm: Watch4Earth (Documentary Film Screening)

Come watch a screening of the Detroit-based documentary “I Do Mind Dying” in Dana 1040. Reception starts at 6:30pm, follow by screening at 7:30pm and Q&A with the filmmaker Kate Levy at 8:30pm. Production of I Do Mind Dying began in early 2014, when Detroit’s Water and Sewerage Department, under Emergency Management, announced plans to cut off water to thousands of late-payers. Between 2013-2015, nearly 100,000 homes, many belonging to low income, elderly, long-term Detroiters, were disconnected from service. Director, Kate Levy, began documenting the underlying causes and ramifications of this massive public health crisis. In 2015, Levy received a grant from Metabolic Studios to purchase cameras for Detroit residents to document the effects of shutoffs and infrastructure cuts in their neighborhoods. Levy is a documentary filmmaker, artist and media activist. She received her Master in Fine Arts from International Center of Photography-Bard College in 2013. She has exhibited her lens-based work and screened films internationally.

Earth Day Call 4 Earth

Friday, April 21, 9am-12pm: Call4Earth (Contact Your Political Representatives)

Ever wanted to advocate for environmental issues to your representatives, but been too intimidated or not known what to say? Then come to this event to take action! We will have sample scripts, telephones people can use, and a list of numbers to call in the Dow Commons (4th floor) from 9am to noon. Take part in democracy with support from your peers.

Earth Day Science

Saturday, April 22, 10am-12pm: Sign-Making and March for Science

We will be making signs in the Ford Commons in the morning to prepare us for the culmination of Earth Day – The Science March! There will be a Science March taking place in Ann Arbor, and we want you to have a chance to make some awesome signs. There will be poster board and markers for everyone in the Ford Commons starting at 10am. Come get creative with your friends and see who can make the best sign! The March for Science will start in The Diag at noon. You can find more information about the march here.