Earth Day 2021 Schedule

This year we will celebrate Earth Day everyday throughout the week of April 19-22, 2021. The theme of this year’s event is Amplify Impact, a nod to the Institute’s Strategic Goal. Through the week’s offerings, we will embrace our power as agents of change for the public good by exploring ways in which we can positively contribute to making our community and planet a better place. Also, see how these events are helping Georgia Tech to advance its work in supporting the realization of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

In an effort to give students opportunities to engage with their peers in celebration of Earth Day, many campus departments are offering virtual and in-person programs. Students attending in-person events are reminded that face-coverings and social distancing are required at these events and many will require time-ticket registration to provide as safe of an environment as possible. Students are also encouraged to start these days with a daily symptom check and make sure to participate in the Institute's asymptomatic Covid-19 testing program before and after participating in in-person events.


Monday, April 19 

Earth Week @ the EcoCommons

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. | Registration closed

Location: EcoCommons

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Kick off the week and celebrate the opening of the Eco-Commons!

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Katharine Wilkinson - All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis

April 19 | 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. | Register here

Internationally acclaimed author and advocate Katharine Wilkinson in conversation with Denise Quarles of Siemens and Chandra Farley of Partnership for Southern Equity. They will discuss the beautiful anthology co-edited by Wilkinson and Ayanna Johnson: All We Can Save: Truth, Solutions and Courage for the Climate Crisis- which is both a book and a movement. 

Co-Sponsors:  Women’s Resource Center, Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain, Office of Campus Sustainability, Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business, Center for Global Change

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Tuesday, April 20

Virtual EcoCommons Tour – Explore Georgia Tech’s Newest Greenspace with Jason Gregory, senior planner, and Jerry Young, landscape project manager

April 20 | Noon - 1:00 p.m. | Register for this virtual event here 

The EcoCommons area, located at the corner of Ferst Drive and Hemphill Avenue is eight acres of green space that aims to mimic a traditional piedmont woodland. This section of the EcoCommons consists of three living landscape areas to meet the goals of Learn, Engage, and Reflect.

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Volunteer Opportunity – Campus Tree Planting

April 20 | 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. | FULL

Location: EBB

Join us in transplanting trees that have been growing in the campus nursery to spots on campus. Volunteers will meet in front of EBB.

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Wednesday, April 21

Wellness Wednesday In the EcoCommons

April 21 | 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 

Outdoor Yoga Class | 11:00 a.m. - Noon | Register here

Location: EcoCommons near the Kendeda Building

Join us for activities, outdoor fun, yoga, bike repair, campus resources and more in partnership with the CRC, Bike Georgia Tech, Georgia Tech Staff Council, and Health Initiatives.

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Unveiling of the Site Marker for the Former Pickrick Restaurant

April 21 | 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. | By Invitation Only

Location: EcoCommons

On January 29, 1965, Reverend Charles E. Wells Sr. and three Black Interdenominational Theological Center seminary students (Albert Dunn, Woodrow Lewis, and George S. Willis Jr., who are all now deceased) were denied service at Lester Maddox’s Pickrick Cafeteria, in the wake of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The four men were verbally accosted and physically shoved away with axe handles by Maddox and white patrons of the establishment. The four men had twice attempted to patronize Maddox's establishment on two previous occasions. Maddox refused to desegregate the restaurant and later decided to close it permanently rather than serve Black customers. His actions made him a popular figure among segregationists. He would later serve as the 75th governor of Georgia. 

Years later, Georgia Tech bought the property. A historical marker stood on the site to educate the community about what had happened there. The building was razed to make way for the environmental restoration project now known as the EcoCommons. This event will unveil the marker acknowledging the four men who stood up to segregation and the evolution of a space intended to inspire reflection and connections with both nature and with others.

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Thursday, April 22

International Earth Day 

April 22 | 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. | RSVP here

Location: The Kendeda Building Patio

Celebrate Earth Day with sustainable DIY projects (e.g., planting, clothing decoration, green cleaning, and personal-care products), food, and more. From 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., we will be joined by SMILE for a special planting on the Kendeda Building site. 

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Earth Day Bird Walk with Georgia Audubon

April 22 | 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. | RSVP here

Location: The Kendeda Building Patio and EcoCommons

On this Earth Day, join us for a bird walk and learn about the urban domiciles of the region’s birds. You'll pair up with an expert leader to observe birds on Georgia Tech’s campus. Participants will also learn about the rising number of building collisions and the importance of building design and bird safe glass. This event is a partnered collaboration between Georgia Tech, via the Kendeda Building, and Georgia Audubon.

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Green Meeting 

April 22 | 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm | RSVP 

Hosts: Students Organizing for Sustainability and SGA Sustainability Committee

Green Meetings are semesterly meetings that bring together all sustainability-focused students and student organizations to facilitate greater sustainability-related discussion, enhance communication amng these organizations, and introduce students to the work they do. Join this semester’s Green Meeting for a discussion on improving student sustainability communications and building a permanent green coalition.


Friday, April 23

Movie Night Under the Stars | Brought to you by the Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design

April 23 | 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. | RSVP here

Location: Stamps Field

In honor of Earth Day, the Kendeda Building is hosting Movie Night Under the Stars. Bring a blanket and join us on the lawn for a movie, fun, and some fresh airGrab friend and a ticket and enjoy a virtual tour of the Kendeda Building followed by a free screening of the Disney movie, WALL-E.