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Earth Month

April showers bring May flowers, and May brings final exams. More than simply marking the end of classes (Friday, April 27th!), April also is Earth Month!

Dating back to 1970, both Earth Month and Earth Day (this year falling on Sunday, April 22nd) have become times on which we focus our energies on our environment and the things that we can do to make it better.

Here at UT Knoxville, we take our Earth Months seriously – filling the days and weeks with events, activities, and programs all promoting the work we do year-round to Make Orange Green. Take a look at some of the events you can take part in here on campus and in the greater Knoxville community.


Quick Facts:

  • When: Wednesday, April 4th, 3-5:30PM
  • Where: Panhellenic Multipurpose room
  • Who: Open to all current students

In collaboration with Career Services, the annual Sustainability Career Mingle.will occur on April 4th. This is a great chance for students to meet with organizations and employers to hear about their job, internship, and volunteer opportunities.

During this facilitated networking event, students are matched with several organizations. Students rotate through the tables in a group with other peers, giving them a chance to learn about career paths, volunteering, internships, and job opportunities, and emerging trends in the field directly from employers!

The first part of the event is designed to be semi-structured speed networking, and they second part allows you to mingle freely with the organizations and follow up with any that you may not have spoken to or are interested in continuing your conversation with.

Quick Facts:

  • When: Friday, April 6th
  • Where: Pedestrian Walkway
  • Who: Everyone!

Wear green on Big Green Friday (April 6th) to help us kick off Earth Month and support the university’s efforts to Make Orange Green. This event originated from the SGA Environment and Sustainability Committee, organized by the Office of Sustainability.

Join us on Pedestrian Walkway from 11 AM to 3 PM for giveaways, games, food, and fun!

Quick Facts:

  • When: Wednesday, April 11th, 6-8PM
  • Where: Baker Center, Toyota Auditorium
  • Who: Anyone is welcome, just be sure to RSVP on the form

Each year, the Office of Sustainability and the Committee for the Campus Environment come together to celebrate environmental leadership in the UT community, at the Environmental Leadership Awards. The award ceremony recgonizes students, faculty and staff members, as well as outstanding members of the greater Knoxville community, who help to Make Orange Green.

The CCE will review and vote on these nominations, and the awards will be presented at this event. This dinner is open to anyone, and everyone is encouraged to attend! Be sure to RSVP to let us know you’re coming.

Quick Facts:

  • When: Thursday, April 19th, 11AM – 3PM
  • Where: HSS Amphitheater
  • Who: Anyone is welcome

Join the UT Community for our 2018 Earth Month Celebration on Thursday, April 19th, from 11 AM to 3 PM on the HSS Amphitheatre Lawn. The Earth Month Celebration will feature dozens of environmentally focused organizations from UT and the greater Knoxville community, as well as vendors, artisans, and businesses who promote sustainable practices. There will be free food, sustainable items, music, and much more. Don’t miss out!

To sign up as an exhibitor, fill out the Exhibitor Form

To sign up to volunteer the day of the event fill out the Volunteer Form

Quick Facts:

  • When: Friday, April 27th
  • Where: UT’s campus
  • Who: Anyone

Every spring on Tennessee State Arbor Day UT students gather to celebrate the important roll trees play in our community. This year we will be celebrating our recent certification as part of a “Tree Campus USA” by a celebratory tree planting.


Volunteer Opportunities

Quick Facts:

  • When: Saturday, April 7th
  • Where: All over Knoxville
  • Who: Any current UT student

The Center for Leadership & Service, the Student Government Association and UTK’s Office of Sustainability partner together for UT’s annual Sustainability Day of Service.

This year, since Sustainability Day of Service and River Rescue fall on the same day, we will be focusing our efforts on cleaning up different rivers and steams that run through and around UT’s campus.

UT gardens workday

Quick Facts:

  • When: Saturday, April 14th, 9AM-12PM
  • Where: UT Gardens
  • Who: Any UT student, be sure to sign up

We will be working in the Native American Interpretive Gardens, which utilizes native plantings, and the signage includes the Cherokee names for each of the plants, along with any uses they had for the plant.

This garden space features a diverse native plant collection as well as extensive interpretive signage honoring the connection between the native people and plants. It now serves as an important aesthetic, educational, and service learning resource for the UT campus and the larger community.

Quick Facts:

  • When: Thursday, April 19th, volunteers needed from 9AM – 4PM
  • Where: HSS Ampitheater
  • Who: Any UT student, be sure to sign up

Earth Month Celebration wouldn’t be possible without the help of our wonderful volunteers! Students can sign up for 2 hour shifts on the form linked above. Volunteers are needed starting at 9AM to help set up for the event. We also need volunteers to help run the “Make Orange Green” table throughout the event, and lastly volunteers are needed to break down the event after it ends at 3PM.


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