Clothing Swap, Lectures, and a Sustainable Street Fair Top the Week’s Activities

NYU Celebrates the 42nd Anniversary of Earth Day with a Week-Long Program of Events
Earth Week Street Fair at NYU


Clothing Swap, Lectures, and a Sustainable Street Fair Top the Week’s Activities

New York University will participate in the 42nd annual Earth Day festivities with a week-long celebration of eco-friendly events including the 14th Annual Earth Week Street Fair, film & lectures, green projects, and an environmentally friendly clothing swap.  All events are free and open to the public.  For the complete schedule of Earth Day/Week related events, please see the NYU Sustainability page.

Media Inquiries Only:  For information on events, or for story queries, please contact Christopher James at 212.998.6876 or

--NYU Earth Week April 18-22, 2012 Events Schedule--


  • Saturday, April 14, 11:30am -3:30 pm

The Bronx is Blooming

Join the CAS Dean’s Service Honor Corps (DSHC) as they beautify The Gully on Mosholu Parkway; Cross streets: Webster Ave and East Mosholu Parkway South, accessible by the 4 and D trains. Also accessible by the metro north railroad to the New York Botanical Garden stop. Come help make the park cleaner, greener, and more enjoyable for everyone!  The DSHC will be mulching flower beds, pruning shrubs, and stewarding young trees.  If you wish to travel as a group, meet in front of the W 4th St Starbucks at 10:00 am. RSVP to Mary Jane Ajodah at

  • Sunday, April 15th, 9:30am-2:00pm

Green the Streets!  Compost for Brooklyn Garden

Newkirk Ave and East 8th St, Brooklyn, 11230

Prepare to get your hands dirty as we head to Brooklyn for a day of caring for street trees!  Join the Urban Planning Students Association and the Wagner Environmental Policy Alliance to support the fantastic work of Compost for Brooklyn, founded by Wagner student Louise Bruce (’12).  We will be building tree guards and improving urban soils with compost and gardening.  Snacks provided by the Parkville Farmshare, a new local CSA.  RSVP to Ada Welch at

Free and Open to the Public

  • Wednesday, April 18, 2012 from 6:00-8:00p.m.

Film Screening: 'What's for Dinner?'

Meyer Building, 4 Washington Place, Room 122

RSVP here.

“What’s for Dinner?” a documentary seeking to shed light on two big questions: can China’s 1.3 billion people eat as much meat and dairy as those in industrialized countries without destroying the planet—or its climate; and do they really want to?  These are stories of Chinese women and men encountering, helping foster, or offering alternatives to large-scale industrial animal agriculture.

Post-film discussion with Mia MacDonald, Executive Director, Brighter Green; NYU ES Capstone Instructor and Peter Li, Associate Professor of Social Sciences, University of Houston

  • Thursday, April 19, 2012 from 12:30-5:30 pm

Mobile-to-Mobile Street Fair
Washington Place, between Washington Square East and Greene Street

Join us for our 14th Annual Earth Day Street Fair!   This year’s theme is “Mobile Ecological Innovators” and we’re bringing in a variety of artists and their moving exhibitions.  Come see a truck retrofitted with a farm, a trailer that’s become a traveling science lab, bringing education to underprivileged communities, and much more.  Enjoy free food prepared by NYU’s newly inaugurated Student Food Co-Op!.  Free and open to the public


  • Thursday, April 19, 2012 from 6:00-8:00 pm

Panel on Global Equity and Animal Agriculture

Silver Building, Room 408, 33 Washington Place, NYC

RSVP here.

A panel presentation “Global Equity and Animal Agriculture” on the multi-faceted issue of food justice.  Panelists include:  Mia MacDonald, Executive Director of Brighter Green and NYU ES Capstone Instructor; Lori Gruen, Chair of the Wesleyan Philosophy Department; Chetana Mirle, Director of Farm Animals, Humane Society International; and Peter Li, Associate Professor of Social Sciences at the University of Houston.

  • Saturday, April 21st, 9:00 am-2:30 pm

Gallatin Presents: The Big Walk 2

In honor of Earth Day, Gallatin School of Individualized Studies is hosting a BIG WALK down the entire length of Fifth Avenue!  The walk will start at E 142nd Street and 5th Ave—way up top—at 9:00 a.m.  Arrive early for free caffeinated beverages!  The closest subway stops are the 145th St station on the 3 train or the 138th St station n the 4 or 5 trains.  The walk will end at Washington Square, around 2:30 p.m. with a finish line celebration. Along the trail, participants will stop at checkpoints with special guests and events.  Free lunch for registered participants with a suggested donation of $20.  To register, go to

Open to the Public.

  • Saturday, April 21, 11:30am-3:30 pm

The Bronx is Blooming

Join the CAS Dean’s Service Honor Corps (DSHC) as they beautify Franz Siegel Park (158th Street and Walton Avenue).  Come help make the park cleaner, greener, and more enjoyable for everyone!  The DSHC will be mulching flower beds and weeding away invasive plants.   If you wish to travel as a group, meet at the Starbucks on 10 Union Square East at 10:30 am. RSVP to Mary Jane Ajodah at


--Earth Day Events Sunday, April 22, 2012--
  • 9:30am-2:30pm

Be °Cool

720 Greenwich Avenue

Teaming up with the NYC CoolRoofs Program and NYC Service, we will paint a city rooftop white to help reduce building temperatures, reduce CO2 emissions, and improve air quality! The NYC CoolRoofs initiative enables building owners to cool their roofs by applying a reflective white coating that reduces energy use.  The program supports New York City’s goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030.  All materials and lunch will be provided.

RVSP to Christopher Nolan at  Questions about the CoolRoofs Program? Email

Free and Open to the Public

  • 1:00-5:00 pm

Punk Rock Clothes Swap
Kimmel Center, Eisner and Lubin 4th Floor Auditorium, 60 Washington Square South, NYC

Celebrate Earth Day by bringing in a bag of your old clothes and swapping for some new treasures!  Then join a DIY workshop and learn how to re-accessorize your new finds.  Can’t part with your clothes?  Then feel free to drop off books, CDs, or anything else you’d like to share.  Live bands will be performing starting at 3pm.   Everything left over will be donated to charity.

  • 5:00-7:30 pm

The Yes Fest: A Celebration of Successful Activism and Pranks
Kimmel Center, Eisner and Lubin 4th Floor Auditorium, 60 Washington Square South, NYC

The Yes-Men are hosting a party – a party to celebrate successful positive activism, demonstrating that real social change can happen without resorting to negative imagery or violence. A party that shows what humor (with a sharp suit and tie combination) can really do. There’s no dress code, but formal-wear is encouraged!

  • Monday, April 23rd, 12:00-1:00 pm

Play and Learn with the Environmental Law Society!

Courtyard of Vanderbilt Hall, 40 Washington Square South, NYC

The Environmental Law Society is hosting an afternoon of games and refreshments to promote sustainable initiatives on campus, such as composting bins in the cafeterias and refrigerated water bottle refilling stations in the law school buildings.   Try your hand at a bean bag toss and learn how to properly sort your everyday trash into recycling and composting bins.  Participants will be rewarded with stainless steel water bottles!

Free and Open to the Public

  • Friday, April 27, 10am

NYU and New School Tree Planting Workshop

318 E15th Street (between 2nd and 1st Aves)

Prepare to join forces and meet some fellow NYC collegiates with the New School’s Urban Forestry Club for a day of tree planting, street tree care, and, of course, delicious fresh food! Meet at the New School at 10am (318 E15th Street), for coffee and tree-planting, then take a guided nature walk to NYU’s Green Dorm on 7th Street, where you can learn how to show some love to neglected urban trees, all while dining on a delicious lunch provided by NYU’s very own student food co-op.  Supplies are provided--just bring your green thumbs!

--Ongoing Throughout Earth Week and Beyond--


  • Now Through May 18th, 2012

Kimmel Windows Gallery Exhibition on Sustainability at NYU  

An ongoing Earth Week feature: "Sustainability at NYU: Did you know?", an exhibition showcasing the programs and initiatives spearheaded by the university over the past five years.

The exhibit, free and accessible 24/7 by the public, will be on display in the street-level Kimmel Windows Gallery, located at La Guardia Place & West 3rd St until May 18th, 2012.

  •  Now Through May 31, 2012

“I Will Show You Fear in a Handful of Dust: An Earth Day Exhibit”

The Gallery Space at Wagner--Puck Building, 295 Lafayette Street, 2nd Floor, NYC

Featuring NYC-based artist Erick Sanchez and artwork depicting the devastating effects of environmental crises on natural landscapes.

Free and Open to the Public

NYU’s Celebration of Earth Week is sponsored in part by the Earth Week Planning Committee, as well as the NYU Sustainability Task Force, Earth Matters!, the Environmental Studies Department, NYU Program Board, NYU Animal Studies Initiative, NYU Food Studies, and the Environmental Studies Club.

NYU’s Sustainability Task Force is an advisory body composed of students, faculty, administrators, and staff, who develop recommendations for new policies and practices that advance NYU's long-term future as a sustainable university.  For more information on the Sustainability Task Force, go to


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