Earth Week 2019 to feature festival, other sustainability events

Editor’s note: Check the online schedule prior to attending events in case of last-minute changes.

Earth Week 2019 at the University of Maine will be held April 22–27, and will include various events and activities focused on themes of sustainability and environmental awareness. This year’s theme is “Protect Our Species.”

The week will kick off with the Earth Day Spring Festival 11 a.m.–2 p.m. April 22 on the Mall, featuring different green clubs and organizations on campus, educational games and activities, plant-your-own seedlings and the chance to pet goats. Later, a Farm-to-Table Dinner featuring local foods will be offered 4:30–8 p.m. in the residential dining facilities — Hilltop, Wells Central and York.

Many other events will be held on campus and in Orono throughout the week, including the Earth Week Presentation Series, which highlights UMaine experts offering insights on sustainability-related issues. Presentations will take place throughout the week at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at the Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions.  

The Career Center and AmeriCorps MPES will host a Green Jobs Resume Workshop 11 a.m.–noon April 23, and a Green Jobs Fair 1:30–4 p.m. April 25. Karl Kreutz will give a tour of the Climate Change Institute and its Ice Core Lab 3–4 p.m. April 24, and campus organizations will table in the Memorial Union all week to offer educational information on different sustainability topics, from recycling to protecting the oceans and supporting native bees.

Earth Week is sponsored by the Office of Sustainability, Auxiliary Services, the Green Campus Initiative, AmeriCorps MPES and the Sustainability and Environmental Action Division.

More information, including a full schedule of events, is online.