Celebrating Earth Month

April 12, 2024

The first Earth Day in the U.S. was held in 1970 and mobilized 20 million Americans to demonstrate and advocate for environmental and public health protections that year. Over the past 54 years, Earth Day has grown into “Earth Month,” and throughout the month of April, people around the world can participate in environmentally-friendly activities and actions.

During Earth Month, VCU will host, partner and support a variety of events on campus. Events include, but are not limited to: 

  • VCU Sustainability Compost Collection in celebration of Food Waste Prevention Week, April 4, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Compass and April 5, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Harris Lawn

Bring compostable materials to the collection tables and be entered into a raffle to win sustainable swag.

  • Upcycling a mug into a planter at the VCU Free Store, April 9 through 11, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 930 W. Grace St

Pick out a free mug, add a design or pattern using acrylic paint, fill it with potting soil, and plant an herb or flower seeds. All materials are provided.

  • VCU Sustainability Earth Day Market, April 19, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Grace Street Green Space, 813 W. Grace St.

Celebrate Earth Month by shopping for sustainable products from local vendors and learning how to support local organizations with their sustainable initiatives.

  • VCU Sustainability Bioblitz, April 22 through 29, Monroe Park Campus

Join VCU Sustainability for a campus-wide pollinator bioblitz, a community science project aimed at capturing pollinator and other animal wildlife biodiversity on Monroe Park Campus. Learn more.

  • Informational tabling at The Climate Collab, hosted by VCUfits, Friday, April 26, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Monroe Park

Join VCUfits in Monroe Park for a trash clean up activity in the park, style swaps, raffles, a trashion show (featuring student-created upcycled outfits) and more. VCU Sustainability will also host a table sharing information about their year-round programs and the ONE VCU Sustainability Plan. 

  • Tech for Troops Electronic Waste (E-Waste) Collection event, Saturday, April 27, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., VCU I Lot, 900 N. 7th St.

Bring electronics you no longer need to be recycled and upcycled, providing educational opportunities and electronic devices for veterans. Learn more.

  • Sustainability Literacy and Culture Survey, Monday, April 29 (online)

Test your knowledge with this online assessment. Look for details in the TelegRAM.

Follow the VCU Sustainability Instagram account to learn about other Earth Month opportunities on campus and in Richmond. 

Earth Month serves as an opportunity to spotlight the breadth of topics encompassed in sustainability work, such as the opportunities incorporated into the ONE VCU Sustainability Plan draft recommendations. To develop the draft recommendations, faculty, staff, student and community subject matter experts and other stakeholders worked together to shed light on a wide range of issues across five topical areas: environmental issues; biodiversity and campus ecology; teaching, research and innovation; health and well-being; and environmental equity, partnerships and engagement. The plan will provide an actionable path forward to address these issues at our institution, in our community and in our world. 

In addition to supporting Earth Month at the events happening on campus, we invite you to support our plan efforts by sharing your feedback on the draft plan.