Spring has sprung: UC celebrates Earth Week April 12-16

Virtual events offered all week long promise exciting tips to support a green, sustainable world

Get ready to turn your thumbs green and learn how climate change affects our local communities through the University of Cincinnati’s Earth Week events. 

They may be virtual this year, but UC Office of Sustainability’s events offered all week long promise to help grow your garden of green knowledge through engaging discussions, workshops and a civic garden tour. Attend one event or several to help build a culture of sustainability at UC and in the community. 

To register for one or all events, email green@uc.edu for the WebEx links to UC Earth Week.


Portrait photo of Savannah Sullivan of Green Umbrella of Cincinnati

Savannah Sullivan, climate policy lead for Green Umbrella Cincinnati

Building Regional Resilience Through Local Government Action

Monday, April 12 - 5 p.m. via WebEx

While climate change is a global issue, local governments end up absorbing many of the costs. The Cincinnati region is seeing more extreme heat days and more frequent and heavier rain events due to changing climate patterns. These impacts are not felt equally across communities — people of color or with low incomes are hardest hit because they are more likely to live near sources of pollution, in flood zones, in homes with frequent sewer backups and without air conditioning. 

This lecture is presented by a member of Green Umbrella, the regional sustainability alliance of Greater Cincinnati, with over 200 member organizations and more than 200 individual members. Green Umbrella's new climate policy lead, Savannah Sullivan, will discuss how local governments in Greater Cincinnati and their communities can adapt to our changing climate, build resilience, center equity, improve budget predictability and decrease our region's carbon footprint.


Seed Starting at Home

Tuesday, April 13 - 5 p.m. via WebEx

Want to start your own seeds at home but not sure how? Learn best practices for why starting seeds at home is important.

*A limited supply of seed starting kits will be available to pick up outside the UC campus Bike Kitchen (101 W. Daniels) from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Monday, April 12th. Otherwise you can get your own supplies and join the call.

Film discussion

‘Symphony of the Soil’

Wednesday, April 14 - 6 p.m. via WebEx

Join UC Sustainability and the Sierra Club for a discussion on the film “Symphony of the Soil,” available for streaming for free on Kanopy with your UC identification, known as the “6+2.” Please watch the film before attending and bring all your questions and comments.

Drawing from ancient knowledge and cutting-edge science, “Symphony of the Soil” is an artistic exploration of what they call the “miraculous substance” — soil. By understanding the elaborate relationships and mutuality between soil, water, the atmosphere, plants and animals, one can appreciate the complex and dynamic nature of this precious resource. The film also examines the human relationship with soil, the use and misuse of soil in agriculture, deforestation and development and the latest scientific research on soil’s key role in ameliorating the most challenging environmental issues of our time. Filmed on four continents and featuring esteemed scientists, working farmers and ranchers, “Symphony of the Soil” is an intriguing presentation that highlights the value of healthy soil, creating healthy plants and healthy humans and living on a healthy planet.

Virtual tour

Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati

Thursday, April 15 - 2 p.m. via WebEx

Take a virtual tour of the Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati (CGC). The CGC’s mission revolves around building community through gardening, education and environmental stewardship. Founded in 1942 out of the Victory Garden movement, CGC is the place to go in Cincinnati to learn about gardening, sustainability and horticulture. Located on Reading Road on the former estate of Cornelius J. Hauck and Hauck Botanic Gardens near the UC campus, the CGC hosts classes, a horticultural library, several gardens for visitors to enjoy, the Green Learning Station and an outdoor compost classroom.

Sustainability Awards ceremony

Portrait photo of Roger McClendon, former UC basketball star '88 and current executive director of Green Sports Alliance

Roger McClendon

Student, staff and faculty awards

Friday, April 16 - 2 p.m. via WebEx

Join UC’s Office of Sustainability as they announce the winners of the Student Sustainability Award, Staff Sustainability Award and Faculty Sustainability Award. Awards will be given by Roger McClendon, UC '88. While at UC, Roger was one of the university’s top basketball players, finishing his career as the second all-time leading scorer. McClendon is the executive director of the Green Sports Alliance. In his role, he leads the alliance of international sports and stadium executives, as well as sustainability experts, to use sports as a vehicle to promote healthy, sustainability communities throughout the world.


Featured image at top: Aerial view of UC Sigma Sigma Commons and Carl H. Lindner College of Business green roof. Photo/UC Creative + Brand

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