John Muir Week

April 16 – April 22


Monday, April 16: Wakey Wakey, Eggs and Bakey, Succulents & Chips Game Night in the Park, Movie Screening: The Lorax
Tuesday, April 17: aMUIRican Cheesy Adventure, Parks & Rec, Paint-a-Pot
Thursday, April 19: Muirstock
Friday, April 20: John Muir’s Birthday: Highland Games Edition, Time Capsule Burial
Monday, April 23: After the West: Rethinking John Muir, On John Muir’s Trail by Donald Worster
For details on any of these events, see our Events Calendar or Earth Month Events List.

F.R.E.E. Food Week 

April 16 – April 22


What is F.R.E.E. Food week? F.R.E.E. stands for Feeding Responsibly and Ethically for Everyone. The focus is to increase awareness of why Fair Trade and sustainable food is important for your health and the wellbeing of others. You have the power to make food choices that positively impact the world around you. Learn about food insecurity in our community, how your food choices impact the environment and what YOU can do! Visit the Student Sustainability Collective (SSC) Facebook page and website for details.

Center for Energy Research (CER) Open House

Friday, April 20 | 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Atkinson Hall Auditorium

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Join leading scientists, engineers, students, and key stakeholders from the energy, policy, and school science communities to discuss CER’s key research areas and the challenges we face to sustainably meet the world’s growing energy needs.

Triton Solar Car Fund(race)er

Friday, April 20th |11:00AM-3:00PM | Library Walk 1977 Image may contain: text

Take a break from studying for midterms and pie or throw a water ballon at one of Triton Solar Car’s members to relieve stress! We will be out on Library Walk 1977, Week 3 Friday, April 20th from 11 AM – 3 PM. It’ll be $3 to pie or throw a water ballon at one person and $5 to pie or throw a water ballon at two people. We will also be selling smoothies made with solar power (Cash and Venmo accepted). Come out and help us raise money to compete in our first solar car race in Chile this Fall!

Native Garden & Monarch Butterfly Garden


6th Annual Cigarette Butt Clean-up

Apr 21, 2018  | 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM | The Zone, Price Center Plaza unnamed.jpg

Support UCSD’s smoke-free campus by cleaning up the cigarette litter found on our campus with fellow members of the UCSD community! The first 50 registrants that attend the event will receive a free T-Shirt. Breakfast, snacks, and materials provided.

FRN@UC San Diego Food Waste Summit: A Regional FRN Summit

Saturday, April 21 | 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Village West, 15th Floor conference room


As a pioneer in the food security movement, the Food Recovery Network is hosting 9 regional Food Waste Summits across the country to inspire local leaders and encourage collaboration between the advocates for food justice. Join us for this half-day event aimed at motivating and inspiring local student leaders to get involved in the food security movement. The first annual FRN@UC San Diego Food Waste Summit will be held in the beautiful Village West, accented with ocean views and a plant-based catering menu provided by UC San Diego’s Dining Services. This free event requires registration to attend.

SEA Days: Earth Day

Saturday, April 21 | 11 AM – 3 PM |Birch Aquarium at Scripps 2300 Expedition WayImage may contain: plant, outdoor and water

Since 1970 the world has celebrated Earth Day by demonstrating support for environmental protection. Join us at this special SEA Days as we bring together local researchers, non-profits, and hands-on activities to take a deep dive into understanding conservation above and below the waves. Included with admission.

Outreach Beach Cleanup

Outreach Interns at Sixth College | Saturday, April 21st | 9am – 12pm |La Jolla CoveImage may contain: one or more peopleCelebrate Earth Day with us by cleaning up the environment and contribute to the community that we live in and enjoy! We will be doing beach cleanup at La Jolla Cove with I love A Clean San Diego’s. Meet at 8:20am at Rupertus Lane for Carpool / Lyft (we will provide lyft discount); Meet us at La Jolla Cove at 8:50 am if you want to drive there yourselves. Register here.

LEED Green Associate (GA) Training

Sunday, April 22nd, 2018 |  1:00 PM to 5:00 PM | The New School of Architecture and Design – The Cliff May Room

Want to get involved in sustainability? Opportunities are plentiful and LEED is at the forefront!

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is simply a sustainability scorecard for green buildings. Buildings can become LEED Certified, as can people! The LEED Green Associate is the only professional designation to show employers and clients you have certified knowledge in the field.

To date, this course and its materials have proven to be instrumental in helping over 8000 students pass the exam, with a 100% success rate. This course is offered at a quarter of the price and time compared to the competition, and is geared at allowing students to graduate with letters after their name!

This course fully meets the exam’s eligibility requirements. The USGBC charges a $100 (reduced for students) fee for the actual exam, which can be taken at any time at your nearest Prometric center. Save money by reserving your spot today and make a positive difference in your career!

Cost: $300 ($200 for full time students)

To register for the class please visit:
Alternatively you can also take the identical class online, which is located here:

You can register via PayPal or RSVP your attendance by registering at the bottom of the page.

Degrees not Debris | Earth Week Waste Audit

Monday, April 23 and Tuesday, April 24 | 11am – 2pm | Library Walk

An opportunity for UCSD students to see what’s in their waste, how to sort trash into recycling, learn about UCSD’s Zero Waste by 2020 goal, and even participate in the sorting with the Econauts!

After the West: Rethinking John Muir

April 23, 2018 |10am – 6:30pm | The Village at Torrey Pines 04.23.18 UCSD Muir Sympsoium  Keynote Flyer --1.png

Student Town Halls

Monday, April 23 | 12-2PM

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Director of Transportation, Josh Kavanagh, will be presenting information about plans for the summer and the next academic year.
Learn about where the campus transportation program is headed and give your feedback.

If you cannot attend in person, use the Virtual Town Hall to submit your feedback.

Meet Your Sustainability Champions at UC San Diego Health

Tuesday, April 24 & April 25 | 11 a.m.- 2 p.m  | UC San Diego Health Hillcrest Hospital Cafeteria

In recent years, UC San Diego Health has increased the renewability of our electricity supply, reduced water use, and increased recycling in our OR’s. Stop by our tables to play games, learn more, and if you’re moved, become involved!

Heat and Learning

Tuesday, April 24 | 4pm | Surfside 
Jisung Park from UCLA will present his work on heat stress and learning, followed by discussion. We will meet in Surfside at 4pm, and as usual, food will be served. I look forward to seeing you all there!
We provide the first evidence that cumulative heat exposure inhibits cognitive skill development and that school air conditioning can mitigate this effect. Student fixed effects models using 10 million PSAT-takers show that hotter school days in the year prior to the test reduce learning, with extreme heat being particularly damaging and larger effects for low income and minority students. Weekend and summer heat has little impact and the effect is not explained by pollution or local economic shocks, suggesting heat directly reduces instructional time productivity. New data providing the first measures of school-level air conditioning penetration across the US suggest such infrastructure almost entirely offsets these effects. Without air conditioning, each 1F increase in school year temperature reduces the amount learned that year by one percent. Our estimates imply that climate change could have economically meaningful effects on the human capital stock of nations. 

UCSD Deep Decarbonization Initiative (D2I) 2017-2018 Research Seminar Series, “The shifting technology and politics of large-scale carbon management”

Wednesday, April 25th |  2:30-4pm | The School of Global Policy and Strategy Conference Room #3106

Dr. Julio Friedmann was the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Fossil Energy, at the U.S. Department of Energy. His portfolio included R&D and programs in Clean Coal and Carbon Management, Oil and Gas systems, international engagements in clean fossil energy, and inter-agency engagements within the US government. His earlier appointment as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Clean Coal and Carbon Management focused on clean coal and carbon capture, utilization, and storage.

In his prior appointment as Chief Energy Technologist for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Dr. Friedmann’s research included smart grid and energy systems analysis, conventional and unconventional hydrocarbons, CCS, geothermal power, renewable power prediction and integration, and supercomputing applications to energy. Earlier, he worked for five years as a senior research scientist at ExxonMobil and as faculty at the University of Maryland.

Dr. Friedmann has a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Southern California.

Earth Plaza Palooza

Thursday, April 26 | 11am – 1pm | Price Center PlazaFacebook Cover Photo.jpg

Welcome to our annual sustainability fair: Earth Plaza Palooza! We invite all students, faculty, and staff to stop by and participate in this fun and educational event. We have over 30 tablers which include student organizations and off-campus vendors who will be sharing information on their companies, campaigns, and products. There will be free samples of goodies & food, and an opportunity drawing to win multiple baskets of prizes! Learn about the benefits of living sustainably while playing fun games and interacting with your peers!

Lobbying Broadcast Media on Climate

Thursday, April 26th| 5 pm  | Pacific Hall Room 3500 (between Muir College and Revelle College).
Do you feel you have a big heart, but a little voice when it comes to climate change? Join us on Thursday, April 26th, at 5 pm for my lecture on “Lobbying Broadcast Media on Climate” at UCSD’s Pacific Hall room 3500 (between Muir College and Revelle College). Gain remarkably practical insights that will amplify your message using the power of broadcast media to create and grow public will for a more sustainable world. Use these simple techniques and collective action to enlist broadcast media to cover and accurately report on the climate crisis. This lecture is free and open to the public.

Annual UC San Diego Earth Month and Arbor Day Tree Planting

Friday, April 27 | 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM | Eleanor Roosevelt College (ERC) GreenArborDay-2018[2].jpg
In recognition of Earth Day and Arbor Day, a national holiday where individuals and groups are encouraged to plant and care for trees. The tree planting will be sponsored by West Coast Arborists, who will kick off the event with an education program before the ceremonial tree planting.

April Earth Day/Arbor Day Carlsbad Community Bike Ride

San Diego County Bicycle Coalition | Saturday, April 28 | 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM | Poinsettia Park 6600 Hidden Valley Rd, Carlsbad, California 33407

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Come join in for our next Carlsbad Community Bike Ride – this time tagging onto a City of Carlsbad Arbor Day event at Poinsettia Park.

Routes under development, but will include a short kids+family loop around the park and then a longer route for older kids and adults.

Will be fun !!! More details to come via the Walk + Bike Carlsbad MeetUp page.

The 3rd Annual Green Talks

Inter-Sustainability Council | Monday, April 30 | 4-6:30PM | PC East Ballroom GreenTalks_V2-2.png

Green Talks is a TED Talk-style conference specifically geared towards environmental awareness. This event aims to engage and promote the UCSD student body and community about sustainability and the importance of being environmentally conscious through one’s actions. There will be 7 speakers, including UCSD students, faculty, and sustainability industry professionals.

There will be opportunities to interact with some of the campus sustainability and green energy organizations, as well as networking time with the speakers after the talks.

There will be a sustainability art competition running throughout the month of April, and the winners will be chosen during intermission, and will receive prizes for their placing. Food will also be provided during this time.


1. Allison Paradise Executive Director at My Green Lab

2. Cody Hooven Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of San Deigo’s Climate Action Plan

3. Belinda Ramirez Graduate student at UCSD who works with the Urban Agriculture Movement in San Diego

4. Walt Kanzler Director of Design and Construction at UCSD and works in Capital Project Management

5. Jacques Chirazi Sustainability expert and Policy Adviser at the Biomimicry Institute

6. CNI Sustainability Ambassadors UCSD undergraduates who promote the Carbon Neutrality Initiative on campus

S3 Solar Software Summit

Greentech Media | Monday, April 30 | Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine

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2018 Sustainability Awards

Thursday, May 17, 2018 | 3:30-4:30pm | The Loft, University Center East, 2nd Floor

In celebration of UC San Diego’s Earth Month, the Advisory Committee on Sustainability will recognize individuals and groups that have made our campus more sustainable.

Check back later for more upcoming events or view our events calendar!