Earth Month

Earth Day 2021 Events and Activities

There are so many ways to commemorate Earth Day this year. From events to solitudinous activities, use this page as your one-stop shop for celebrating Earth Day at IU. Scroll down for ideas on how you can observe Earth Day, and use #iuearthday on Instagram and Facebook to showcase your Earth Day jubilations! 

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Ways you can celebrate the earth this month

IU Herbarium Plant Scavenger Hunt

The 2021 Indiana Plant Photographic Scavenger Hunt is looking for help in documenting the more than 2,700 plant species in Indiana with colorful, detailed images.

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Tree Walking Tour

Walk through campus to learn the various tree species on the IU campus using this self-guided tour map. The full tour takes about 1 hour to walk.

Tree Tour

Visit the Bike Hub

Check out newly built Ballantine Bike Hub! The hub provides indoor space for over 100 bicycles, two bike repair stations, and a bike parts vending machine.

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Eat a Meal Outside

Enjoy the fresh air and eat a meal outdoors. Whether you pack a full picnic or simply take your meal to-go, campus has such lovely scenery to beautify your mealtime.

Campus Beauty

Hike the Research + Teaching Preserve

You don't have to go far for a great hike. Visit the Research and Teaching Preserve for many beautiful trails.

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Consider an Environmental Degree

Deepen your interest in environmental issues by pursuing a degree relating to the environment. Unlock your career in sustainability!

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Eat a Plant-based Meal

Eat a tasty and low-impact plant-based meal. Options on campus include the Collins dining hall, which is largely plant-based this year. 

Collins Menu

Weave a Basket

Try your hand at basket-weaving, a traditional craft that uses simple and elegant materials— branches and vines. Listen to Indiana basket artist, Vicki Graber, in the IU Traditional Art podcast.


Join a Student Org

Particiate in local sustainability-related efforts and gain valuable leadership experience by getting involved in an environmental student organization.


Join the Hoosier Commuter Club

Be rewarded for being a sustainable commuter. You can temporarily suspend your parking pass and become a member of the HCC during fairer weather months.

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Volunteer at the Campus Farm

Get your hands dirty and volunteer at the Campus Farm. Support and learn hands-on about the cultivation of fresh fruits and vegetables.

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Go on an [Outdoor] Adventure

Whether you’re looking for a new hobby or seeking a relaxing workout in Bloomington’s natural scenery, IU Outdoor Adventures has safe and active events for you to explore.

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Events and Opportunities

Environmental Policy Seminar | Bakeyah Nelson

April 1 — 11am-12pm
Speaker: Bakeyah Nelson, Director of Air Alliance Houston


Env. Resilience Speaker: Jackie MacDonald Gibson

April 2 — 12-1pm
Topic: Disparities in Access to Safe, Affordable Drinking Water and Sanitation in the United States 


Walking Tour of Outdoor Spaces on Campus

April 2 — 4:45-6pm
IU Outdoors | Explore IU by Foot – Guided walking tour of the best outdoor spaces on campus 


Expanding Rural Access to Healthcare

April 6 — 12-1pm
Topic: Expanding Access to Healthcare in Rural Communities | Language, Geography, and Transportation Barriers


Env. Policy Seminar | Neha Khanna

April 8 — 11am-12pm
Topic: The Environmental Injustice of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Evidence from NY State | Neha Khanna, Binghamton University 


Solve Climate by 2030

April 7 — 1:30-3pm
How can an ambitious Green Recovery based in state and local action put us on the way to solving climate change by 2030? Tune in!


IU Community Earth Day Summit

April 8-10, 2021
Join students, faculty, staff and the community to share presentations about research, work and interests in this first annual 3-day summit.


Bike Month Team Challenge

April 12-25, 2021
Join or create a team of 4-6 people and pedal to win. Ride anywhere, anytime - just a 10-minute ride is enough to take part!


Building Up Local Food Systems Through the Lens of Equity

April 14 — 12-1pm
Learn how climate change is impacting food systems and how local solutions can protect vulnerable populations.


Imagining Forward: Racial Equity and Social Justice

April 14 — 3-4pm
Join IU Libraries for a conversation to engage with the 2021 Racial Equity and Social Justice Challenge.


Ostrom Lecture on Environmental Policy

April 14 — 3-4pm
Ostrom | Topic: "The Power and Peril of Narratives in Determining Environmental Policy."


Food (Security) For Thought Symposium

April 14-17 
Examine the relationships between food, family, and community while exploring issues of food security, global nutrition, and environmental sustainability.  


Env. Resilience Speakers: Elizabeth Grennan Browning + Maria Whiteman

April 16 — 12-1pm
Topic: Hoosier Lifelines: Environmental and Social Change Along the Monon, 1847-2020


OSTROM | Environmental Justice Research Roundtable

April 16 — 12-1pm
Roundtable on Environmental and Energy Justice: Exploring Areas of Overlapping Research


IUBSC Speaker Series | James Farmer

April 21 — 3pm
Discussion with Dr. James Farmer, O'Neill Associate Professor and co-director of the IU Campus Farm, about food systems and sustainability.  


Prepared for Environmental Change: An Earth Day Conversation

April 22 — 11am-12pm
Grand Challenges Progress and Impact webinar with Aaron Deslatte, Gabe Filippelli, Adam Scribner, and Betsy Stirratt.


Grab and Go Planting Event

April 22 — 12pm
The Student Involvement & Leadership Center, in collaboration with the Office of Sorority & Fraternity Life, will be hosting a planting event for IU students during the April Wellness Day.

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Yoga in Dunn Meadow

April 22 — 4:45-6pm
Take advantage of this Wellness Day and join IU Outdoor Adventures for yoga in Dunn Meadow.


Water Resources: The Intersection of Science and Governance

April 22 — 6pm
Join O'Neill Professor Adam Ward for a presentation on "Water Resources: The Intersection of Science and Governance." 


Env. Policy Seminar | Adam Lazri

April 29 — 11am-12pm
Topic: The New Great Migration: Black Segregation and Causal Inference in Environmental Justice

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Sustainability Symposium

May 4 — 10:30am-12pm
Celebrate the research and accomplishments of Sustainability Scholars and Sustain IU interns in the 2021 virtual Sustainability Symposium.


Add your event to this page

If you are an IU-affiliated unit or community organization and would like to feature your Earth Day related event/opportunity on this page, please send a request to Sustain IU.

Sustain IU

Office of Sustainability
704 E. 10th Street
Bloomington, IN 47408
Phone: 812.855.9195