Events with a sustainability focus occur year-round. For Spring 2020, in recognition of the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, UNC Charlotte events will constitute an "Earth Semester". For more information and a calendar view of Earth Semester events, go to earthsemester.uncc.edu. Contact Tyler Sytsma for ways you can participate, or add your event to this page.
Note: As events have been affected by COVID-19 precautions, we have updated the listings below. By maintaining this record, we hope to maintain the spirit of our intentions to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day. Thank you to all the event organizers -- know that you have helped UNC Charlotte become a more engaged campus now and in the future.
Join Parking and Transportation Services and Gotcha for the launch of electric scooter service at UNC Charlotte. For a teaser and scooter fashion tips, see the "Scoot" webpage.
PARTICLE FALLS + PANEL ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT -- CANCELLED WITH POSSIBILITY OF FUTURE RE-SCHEDULING
Live art performance meets environmental science. Along with our partners, Clean Air Carolina, Andrea Polli's installation "Particle Falls: Air Made Visible" returns to Charlotte. Panel on sustainable development featuring Peter Plastrik, co-author of Life After Carbon: The Next Global Transformation of Cities, chief planner and deputy Charlotte city manager Taiwo Jaiyeoba, and others.
STUDY ABROAD WEEK -- CANCELLED
CHANGEMAKER KICKOFF: MAKING AN IMPACT
TREE CAMPUS USA DAY -- CANCELLED PUBLIC EVENT, BUT THE UNIVERSITY WILL MAKE SURE THE TREES ARE PLANTED!
WEATHERFEST -- CANCELLED
Please join STORM (Student Organization of Meteorology), as they host the 6th annual WeatherFest for students of all ages and the public. Learn about the weather and natural processes of Earth.
PARTICLE FALLS + PANEL ON ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION -- CANCELLED WITH POSSIBILITY OF FUTURE RE-SCHEDULING
Live art performance meets environmental science. Along with our partners, Clean Air Carolina, Andrea Polli's installation "Particle Falls: Air Made Visible" returns to Charlotte. Panel on active transportation featuring Shannon Binns, Executive Director of Sustain Charlotte, Terry Lansdell, Executive Director of BikeWalk NC and others.
CAPITALISM STUDIES SPEAKER: THE BRAZILIAN AMAZON AND GLOBAL WARMING
Join Capitalism Studies visiting speaker Seth Garfield for a talk entitled "The Brazilian Amazon and Global Warming: The Forgotten Story of the World War II Rubber Campaign", Seth Garfield is a professor of Latin American history and director of the Institute for Historical Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. His primary specialization is Brazilian history and environmental history, but he is also interested in broader questions of race and ethnicity in Latin America, indigenous policy, and comparative frontiers.
PARTICLE FALLS + PANEL ON ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE -- CANCELLED WITH POSSIBILITY OF FUTURE RE-SCHEDULING
Live art performance meets environmental science. Along with our partners, Clean Air Carolina, Andrea Polli's installation "Particle Falls: Air Made Visible" returns to Charlotte. Panel on environmental justice featuring professor Deb Thomas of the UNC Charlotte Department of Geography and Earth Sciences, along with the UNC Charlotte Department of Public Health Sciences, and the Urban Institute with support from the Chancellor’s Diversity Challenge Fund.
EARTH DAY FESTIVAL -- CANCELLED WITH POSSIBILITY OF FUTURE RE-SCHEDULING
TIAA LECTURE: ELIZABETH KOLBERT -- POSTPONED
Please join Chancellor Philip L. Dubois for the TIAA Lecture featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning science writer and journalist Elizabeth Kolbert. Kolbert’s New Yorker pieces have included political profiles, book reviews, comment essays and extensive writing on climate change. She is best known for her Pulitzer Prize-winning book "The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History". She is the author of "The Prophet of Love: And Other Tales of Power and Deceit" and "Field Notes from a Catastrophe".
I AM INUIT, PHOTOGRAPHS BY BRIAN ADAMS -- POSTPONED TO 2020-2021 ACADEMIC YEAR
CAMPUS CLEANUP -- CANCELLED WITH POSSIBILITY OF FUTURE RE-SCHEDULING
Organized by the Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling. Thank you to everyone who has kept this event popular every semester for over a decade.
NC BREATHE CONFERENCE -- CANCELLED WITH POSSIBILITY OF FUTURE RE-SCHEDULING
PLANT SALE -- CANCELLED
Shop from an exceptional array of plants at our largest sale of the year! This is a great opportunity to ask our knowledgeable staff lots of questions! All proceeds support the operations of the gardens and greenhouse, where admission is always free.
AUDUBON NORTH CAROLINA SUMMIT -- POSTPONED TO FALL 2020
EARTH OPTIMISM 2020 CLT -- CANCELLED WITH HOPES TO CONTINUE IN FUTURE YEARS (AND AN ONLINE REPLACEMENT THIS SPRING)
For the third year, the UNC Charlotte English Department is co-sponsoring with the Botanical Gardens the popular “Gardens and Verses”, performances that focus on the relationship between humans and the nonhuman world. And Shakespeare's birthday!
PARTY FOR THE PLANET -- CANCELLED WITH POSSIBILITY OF FUTURE RE-SCHEDULING
NORTH CAROLINA SCIENCE FESTIVAL -- CANCELLED WITH POSSIBILITY OF FUTURE RE-SCHEDULING
UNC Charlotte celebrates the North Carolina Science Festival with its Science and Technology Expo free public science extravaganza! The 2020 Expo theme is Future Earth and will feature over 100 activities for the science-curious of all ages, including hands-on educational presentations and fascinating displays -- engineering demonstrations, computer and software explorations, all kinds of cool robots in action, lab tours in the life sciences, STEM education activities, environmental science, rockets, drones, scavenger hunt prizes, the nearby UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens in full bloom... and much, much more.