New York University will participate in the 43rd annual Earth Day festivities with a week-long celebration of eco-friendly events including a sprout growing workshop, a food festival, film & lectures, green projects, and an environmentally friendly clothing swap. All events are free and open to the public. Some events require a RSVP. For the complete schedule of Earth Day/Week related events, please see Sustainability at NYU.

NYU Celebrates the 43rd Anniversary of Earth Day with a Week-Long Program of Events
Clothing Swap, Lectures, and a Sustainable Food Festival Top the Week’s Activities


Monday, April 15-22:


NYU’s residence hall energy reduction challenge, NYUnplugged, is taking place in conjunction with NYU’s celebration of “Earth Week 2013.” This spring’s NYUnplugged competition will focus on educating the NYU community about “vampire power,” also known as stand-by power or “phantom load."  This refers to the electricity that is used by home electronics and appliances when they seem “off” or in standby mode.

Tuesday, April 16th:


Conscious Information Station 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Kimmel Lobby

Earthmatters! Club at NYU in partnership with Teens Turning Green will be hosting a Conscious Information Station in the Kimmel Lobby to provide helpful information about the transition from conventional to conscious living as well as free organic food and samples!


Environmental Town Hall Meeting 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Kimmel Center, Room 802

Teens Turning Green is launching the Conscious College Road Tour at 15 campuses nationwide with the goal of informing students about conscious living, smart consumption, and the collective impact of individual actions. Stop by Shorin for dinner, an Eco-Speaker, and to discuss implementing a guide for incoming students which specifies the right products to bring to school for a sustainable lifestyle.


Wednesday, April 17th:


New York Times Drilling Down Series with Ian Urbina 7:30 PM, Kimmel Center, 4th Floor, Eisner and Lubin Auditorium

Oxfam America at NYU presents award-winning investigative correspondent for The New York Times, Ian Urbina. Mr. Urbina is credited with making the issue of hydraulic fracturing accessible through his New York Times Drilling Down Series, the groundbreaking, data-driven series on fracking. On April 17th, Mr. Urbina will discuss how he used investigative journalism as a means to address controversial topics such as fracking. RSVP required.


Food Inc. Screening, 7:00 PM, Kimmel Center, 802

Come join the Environmental Studies Club for their screening of Food, Inc., in which filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation's food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government's regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our nation's food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment.

Food, Inc. reveals surprising—and often shocking truths—about what we eat, how it's produced, who we have become as a nation and where we are going from here.

Thursday, April 18th:


Local Governance and Food Systems 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM, Furman Hall 216; New York University Law School, 245 Sullivan Street

As enthusiasm for building sustainable local food systems continues to grow, the discussion is shifting from a focus on entrepreneurship and enlightened consumerism to the need for civic engagement.  A growing number of municipalities have become actively engaged in food systems planning--and New York is at the forefront of this movement.


NRDC’s Mark Izeman and NYC’s Food Policy Coordinator Kim Kessler will be joining some of the other city’s leading figures in food policy and planning to discuss the role of local governance in building sustainable food systems. Brought to you by NYU Food Law, Wagner Food Policy Alliance, the Green Rabbits, and the NYU Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health. RSVP required.


Sprout Growing Workshop 6:30 PM, Green Dorm Lounge

Everything you’ve always wanted: a sprout growing workshop! Community Agriculture Club will be hosting a workshop on how to grow sprouts in a dorm room! They may even plant a few for people to take home. Microwave fritattas and mug cakes, which everyone will get to eat.

Affordable Food, 6:30 - 8:30 PM, 35 W. 4th St at the 10th Floor Kitchen

Having trouble eating on a budget? Learn how to make good cheap eats at Club E.A.T.’s Spring Cooking Lesson! Our very own Lauren Coull will help lead a workshop on how to make a healthy, frugal 3-course meal all on a budget! We will be working in the kitchen to make food for everyone involved.  RSVP and questions at! Come E.A.T. with us!

Sunday, April 21st:
Earth Day New York in Union Square, 11AM-6PM
Come visit NYU Office of Sustainability staff at Earth Day New York’s celebration in Union Square to learn more, hang out, see an variety of sustainability-focused vendor exhibits, live music, and a Green Vehicle Fashion Show. Visit to learn more.

Garden Groundbreaking! 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Bronfman Center, 1st Floor & Space Outside

It is our pleasure to invite you to join in the groundbreaking event
for the community garden at NYU's Bronfman Center! Let’s plant the
first seedlings of spring. It doesn’t matter if you’re an experienced
farmer, or have never eaten a vegetable in your life, come make new
friends, plant some seeds and help this garden grow! An Earth Week event run by Yovel: The Green Zionist Alliance @ NYU.
Do the Math - The Movie Screening, 7:00 PM, Tishman Auditorium at 66 W. 12th st
Still reeling from freakish heatwaves and Superstorm Sandy? Wondering why the fossil fuel industry still receives subsidies after these disasters? You are not alone - so come check out the movement that's doing something about them!

Do The Math is the documentary about the rising movement to change the terrifying math of the climate crisis and challenge the fossil fuel industry.  Please join members of, NYU Divest, and the local community for a free screening of this important film. The evening includes a live-streamed panel with climate leaders and post-panel discussion on the future of climate justice in the NYC community.  View the trailer featuring Bill McKibben of  Free admission: RSVP here.

April 21st - 27th


Ocean Elevator Installation, 7 East 12th Street, M-Sat, 8am to 9pm

Come see an engaging elevator installation at the NYU SCPS building, 7 East 12th Street (Between University Place and 5th Avenue) that will raise awareness about ocean pollution among the NYU population and the effects of plastic water bottles in our oceans. From April 21st – April 27th, visit and ride the elevators, and prepare to be enlightened.

Monday, April 22nd:

Earth Day Sustainability Fair. 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM, Vanderbilt Courtyard

Come join the Environmental Law Society, The Student Animal Legal Defense Fund, and Food Law in a celebration of sustainable food this coming Earth Day! We will be basking in the glorious outdoors in the Vanderbilt Courtyard, while munching on free vegan, sustainable food. The event will feature several local farmers and artisans giving out free samples, and will be fully catered by a local green business. As if free food wasn’t enough, the Earth Day Fair will also feature games, contests, prizes, and plenty of opportunities to learn what NYU Law is doing to make our campus a greener, more sustainable place.


Clothing Swap 6:00 PM-10:00 PM, Kimmel Center, Room 914

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 shoes, accessories, or anything else you’d like to share.


Tuesday, April 23rd:


Food Festival 7:30-9:30 PM, Kimmel Center, Room 802

NYU’s first campus wide-food festival. Over a dozen cultural, spiritual, greek, and environmental organizations have come together to share their favorite dishes with you. All food is free, vegetarian, and deeelicious. So come fill your evening with a wholesome meal and a friendly crowd. Presented by Oxfam @ NYU.


Wednesday, April 24th:


Food Justice in New York City 6:00 PM-8:00 PM, Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts, Gallatin School

The food justice movement vies for a food system that is environmentally sound, economically viable, and socially just. This panel discussion will bring together some of the most innovative advocates and practitioners from New York City’s food justice community, such as Brooklyn Grange President Ben Flanner and EcoStation: NY’S Director of Farms & Education, Maggie Cheney.

As pioneers in this movement, the speakers will discuss their own work and the challenges that remain towards promoting a strong local food system, just access to healthy food, self-reliant communities, and a healthy environment in New York City. Organized by the Gallatin Greening Committee.

Thursday, April 25th:

Pickle-Making and Earth-Lovin’ Jam Party, 6:30 PM, Kimmel 912

Come join Yovel: The Green Zionist Alliance @ NYU to make your own pickles and chill out with tea, friends, and guitars while enjoying organic and vegetarian pizza! It’s going to be a great time. RSVP here.


Friday, April 26th

Pony Power Farm Visit, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM


Join CHEFs for Schools on our 5th Annual Farm Trip during Earth Week, for a day of planting, weeding, building, mentoring and learning! This year we will be visiting Pony Power Farm in Mahwah, NJ, whose garden is operated by Farm to Live, a program of the Mahwah Environmental Volunteer Organization Inc (MEVO).  NYU student volunteers will be paired with environmental studies students from Stuyvesant High School for this day of service.

Pony Power Farm supports our eco-friendly goals and strives to teach children and adults about sustainable, local, and fresh foods. The event is equally enriching for NYU student volunteers, many of whom have never visited a farm before joining our annual farm trips.

The trip is free but we are going to require a $5 deposit that will be returned on the day of the trip. Participants will also have to submit a travel and photo release with CSALS in Kimmel (room 704). Details on how to do this will be explained via the confirmation and an email. RSVP here.



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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