Earth Month® 2021


hand drawn colored pencil logo with PNW imagery (salmon, mountains, trees)  circling an earth

Logo by Breann Kniffen (Cell and Molecular Biology ’23), winner of the 2021 Earth Month® Logo Competition



Each year, in the weeks leading up to Earth Day (April 22nd) CEJS, in partnership with various Seattle University departments and student groups, encourages action and participation in initiatives that focus on the urgent need for environmental justice, sustainability, and climate solutions.

See here what is planned for this month of April. Check back regularly for updates:

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SU-Sponsored Events

Upcycled Art Competition

When: Submissions open April 1st - April 30th at midnight.
Where: Submit online to
Description: Submit an individual or project-based art project that relates to waste or an idea about waste in a meaningful capacity! Top scoring finalists will receive an REI, IKEA, or Patagonia gift card of varying amounts. See this flyer for more information about the Upcycled Art Competition.

IT Recycling Drive

When: Throughout April
Where: SU
Description: Do you have an old computer sitting in a drawer? Did you know that old computers are recyclable? To celebrate Earth Month®, contact IT Services to turn in old devices that are no longer being used. They will take care of the rest—ensuring these materials are reused in a way that benefits SU and our planet. To arrange a drop-off, please contact the IT Service Desk at

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Reading Redhawks: Climate Justice in the Biden Administration

When: April 9, 12:30pm-1:30pm PST
Where: Zoom, register here
Description: Want to learn more about climate justice? Interested in what President Biden is doing to tackle climate change? Join the Environmental Studies Program for this panel discussion featuring professors Tanya Hayes, PhD, Heidi Liere, PhD and John Armstrong, PhD! Reading Redhawks is an online book club-style learning opportunity full of engaging content and rich discussions, dedicated to inspired literature and our Redhawk community. If you wish to attend, the panelists encourage you to read some or all of the recommended readings to learn more ahead of the event. The readings can be found here. The event is open to alumni, students, parents and families, faculty and staff, and friends of Seattle U. Register here.

Trash Trivia Night

When: April 9, 7-8pm PST
Where: Zoom, 955 3757 3863
Description: Put your sustainability knowledge to the test with RHA and win cool prizes! Click here to see the flyer for more information about the Trivia Night.

Faculty Workshop - Teaching and Sustainability: How can I include sustainability in MY course?

When: April 13, 12:30pm-1:25pm PST
Where: Online via zoom, register here
Description: Curious how to integrate the three pillars of sustainability (social, economic, and environmental) into your curriculum? This workshop, co-sponsored by the PCS, CEJS, and Center for Faculty Development, will cover how to do just that! The event will include a virtual poster session, where faculty members across disciplines will share short presentations about how they have successfully integrated sustainability into their courses. Click here for more information and to register.

Restoring Klamath River Salmon; The Takings Case

When: April 19, 12:00pm-1:00pm PST
Where: Online via zoom, register here
Description: Join the Access to Justice Institute for a discussion of water law issues in the Puget Sound with Dan Von Seggern, staff attorney at the Center for Environmental Law & Policy. After years of roadblocks, the Klamath River is finally on its way to recovery! Four of the six dams on the Klamath River are set to be demolished by 2024, the largest dam demolition in U.S. history, opening up salmon, trout, and eel habitat for the first time in decades. Read more about the event and register here.

Faculty Workshop - Teaching Sustainability and the Ignatian Tradition

When: April 20, 12:30pm-1:25pm PST
Where: Online via zoom, register here
Description: In this panel discussion, specialists in Ignatian pedagogy will share their expertise and reflect on how Ignatian practices can best be employed to teach sustainability in the classroom. Invited speakers include Ignatian scholars/program developers from SU, SU faculty who have implemented Ignatian pedagogical practices in their teachings of topics related to sustainability, and scholars from other universities who specialize in this intersectional teaching approach. This event is co-sponsored by the President's Committee for Sustainability (PCS), CEJS, and the Center for Faculty Development. Click here for more information and to register.

tUrn Climate Action. In partnership with Santa Clara University

  • April 19, 9:15am-10:15am PST. Water is Life. Panel with Dr. Phillip Thompson (CEJS), Anthony Akpan (Pan-African Vision for the Environment), Teresia Hing (SCU Religious Studies, Founder Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians), and Iris Stewart-Frey.
  • April 20th, 4:00pm-5:30pm PST. Meeting the Moment: The Big Picture of the Climate Crisis with Climate Reality Leader Dr. Andrew Gunther (Founder, Center for Ecosystem Management & Restoration). Co-sponsored by CEJS.
  • More tUrn events (April 19-23, 2021): see HERE.


Plant Day

When: April 21, 11:00am-6:00pm PST
Where: Cap Hill Deli in C Street
Description: In partnership with SU Grounds: pick up a dorm plant, seeds & accessories for your new plant baby.

Vegan, No Waste Chef's Table

When: April 20, 11am-2pm PST
Where: Revolution in C Street
Description: Featuring executive chef Andrew Gaynor & Chef de Cuisine David Cobb creating and serving vegan dishes made with no waste. The all-vegan menu is as follows:
Appetizer - Pumpkin Seed Basil Hummus Plate with Blistered Grape Tomatoes, Charred Broccoli, Grilled Rainbow Carrots, Carrot Top Pesto and House Made Rice Flatbreads.
Entrée – Chard and Spring Pea Risotto Topped with Pressed Maitake Mushroom Steak, House-Made Harissa Sauce, and Frizzled Leeks.  Risotto Featuring Lundberg Family Farms Eco-Friendly Arborio Rice.
Dessert – No Bake Vegan Walnut Brownie Topped with Toasted Aquafaba Meringue. 

Banner for Earth Talks 2021 event at Seattle University

When: April 22nd, 2021 11am-12:30pm and 2:00pm-3:30pm PST
WhereZoom link available upon registration HERE.
Description: Join us for the 2nd edition of Earth Talks, a virtual event of short, 5-minute presentations by 20 SU students, faculty, and community partners. This year’s theme is Unifying for Climate--Climate Solutions for a Just World. Presentations will include climate action-focused research, service, and community projects. The event takes place on Earth Day, April 22nd, 2021 from 11:00AM-12:30PM (session 1 including Q&A with keynote speaker Jamie Margolin) and 2:00PM-3:30PM (session 2 including Q&A with

Earth Day Specialty Vegan & Vegetarian Menu

When: April 22, 2:00pm-5:00pm and 5:00pm-8:00pm PST
Where: Emerald Bowl in C Street
Description: Come enjoy an Earth-friendly meal featuring upcycled ingredients, vegetarian and vegan specials, and more! The Emerald Bowl will be serving brussel sprout tostada, avocado, and black bean burritos, black bean and zucchini quesadillas, tater tot poutine, black bean and corn salad, and orange and roasted beef salad.

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Info Session: Help to Build a Rain Garden on SU's Campus with ESW

When: April 22, 6:00pm-6:30pm PST
Where: Zoom, Meeting ID: 996 1820 0774, click here to join
Description: Seattle University’s Engineers for a Sustainable World club would like to invite you to attend an info session on Thursday, April 22 at 6:00pm. They are working with landscape architecture professionals from Berger Partnership to design and implement a new rain garden at the flagpole by the Bellarmine turnaround and are looking to include a variety of perspectives in the process! This is an excellent opportunity to learn from hands-on experience and be a part of a lasting project. From researching plant species, putting together design plans, analyzing soil and water, to programming sensors, this project will require collaboration, and they invite students from all majors to join! Whether you are highly interested or just curious, they hope to see you there!


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Seminar - To Know the World: Advancing Curriculum and Faculty Development for Sustainability in Higher Education presented by Dr. Mitchell Thomashow.

When: April 26, 4:00-5:00pm PST
Where: Zoom link available upon registration HERE.

Description: Join us for a seminar with Dr. Mitchell Thomashow who will provide rationales, narratives, and approaches for environmental learning from his new book “To Know the World” (The MIT Press, 2020). Thomashow will describe that the major challenges of our time—migration, race, inequity, climate justice, and democracy—connect to the biosphere, and our relationship to the biosphere should be front and center in all aspects of our daily lives. Dr. Thomashow was formerly the President of Unity College and the Chair of Environmental Studies at Antioch University New England. He devotes his life and work to promoting ecological awareness, environmental learning, and organizational excellence. Mitchell’s books have significantly influenced environmental studies education: The Nine Elements of a Sustainable Campus, Bringing the Biosphere Home, and Ecological Identity. Register HERE.


Building Your Leafkit: How to Start Sustainability Discussions in Class

When: April 29, 12:30-1:20pm PST
Where: Zoom, Meeting ID: 994 8525 4584
- register here
Description: Ever felt like sustainability could be more of a priority in your classes? Ever felt unsure of how to initiate a conversation about social, economic, or environmental justice in your classes? Come to the event Building Your Leafkit: How to Start Sustainability Discussions in Class - created by students for students. Hear briefly from professors who integrate sustainability into their classes, and ask them questions during a short Q&A session. Then, engage in discussion with your peers about how to initiate sustainability conversations in your major classes and beyond. Finally, collaborate with your peers to build a toolkit that will be distributed across campus. Register here.


UN Sustainable Development Goals Certification Workshop

When: Friday, April 30, 2021 from 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM & Saturday, May 1, 2021 from 9:00 AM -12:00 PM. The
Where: Online
Description: Seattle University’s Center for Social Transformation and Leadership is bringing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals to our campus. In partnership with the SDGs Launch, the Foundation for Environmental Stewardship (FES) educates students about the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and gives them the skills and training necessary to mobilize action. All students completing sessions of the workshop will receive a UN certificate of completion, therefore all students must register to participate.

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Stop Food Waste Day Virtual Event: Driving Awareness To Fight Food Waste

When: April 28th from 11am-12:30pm PDT
Where: Online, register here
Description: Founded by Compass Group, Stop Food Waste Day is a global day of awareness to eliminate wasted food around the world. This year's virtual event features 25+ incredible speakers discussing the food waste crisis. Brought to you in partnership by Compass Group & Food Tank.

Earth Month® Events Hosted By Partners

Earth Day Network Events

When: All month
Where: Online: Visit to see all events
Description: Check out the Earth Day Network’s programming for Earth Week: Greta Thunberg, Hip Hop Caucus, Teach for the Planet summit, and so much more. Visit to see all events.

Solve Climate by 2030: Nationwide Virtual Teach-in on Climate Solutions and Justice

When: April 7, 2021  Time: 6:00PM-7:30PM PST
Where: Online: Attend WA State Event here
Description: The Center for Environmental Policy at Bard College is organizing simultaneous power dialog webinars, one in every state in the country, to hear from climate solutions experts across the nation about ambitious but feasible actions in their state to get on track to solving climate by 2030. Faculty at all levels and across the curriculum can assign viewing of the webinars live or recorded as homework, and then spend the next class discussing climate solutions. More teaching resources can be found here to #MakeClimateaClass. Learn more at

Make Climate a Class

When: All the time!
Where: Your classroom
Description: For all who are interested in making "Climate a Class" and integrating climate change, climate solutions, and climate justice into courses of ANY DISCIPLINE from art to literature to math, philosophy, business, music, biology, etc, click here to check out these easy-to-use teacher guides. The toolkits include discussion questions for a one-period climate-focused class through the lens of your subject area. Students: click here for an email template and ask your professors to #MakeClimateAClass.

Power Shift 2021 Convergence

When: April 16th - 18th
Where: Currently New Orleans, LA, but it is likely to become a virtual convergence spanning more days
Description: Power Shift 2021 will be a massive youth convergence in April 2021 that brings together thousands of young people dedicated to fighting for justice for three days of training, workshops, and panels to build community, gain skills, and share learnings from the movement. Visit
Power Shift 2021’s website here to learn more.

Laudato Si' for 9 Hours

When: April 21st from 12-9pm PST
Where: Online, register here
Description: Join Santa Clara University in reading Laudato Si' over a period of 9 hours. Readers or groups can sign up for a slot and read for 20 minutes. Sign up here.

Building a Career in Sustainability Webinar: Advice From Supply Chain Experts

When: April 21st from 3:30-430pm PDT
Where: Online, register here
Description: Leaders in sustainable supply chain management create sourcing relationships with environmentally sound and socially just upstream producers worldwide, with the goal of creating organizations in service to a sustainable and equitable future. Join this conversation to hear from thought leaders who have been at the forefront of building sustainable supply chains to learn how they launched and grew their careers, what tips they have for high-impact careers in the industry, and what they look for in their new hires. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions of panelists. Click here to register.

WAHESC Earth Month® Events on Other Campuses

Click here to see what other college campuses in Washington State are doing to celebrate Earth Day 2021.

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