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!
Earth Day 2021 Events and Activities
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.
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.
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.
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.
Consider an Environmental Degree
Deepen your interest in environmental issues by pursuing a degree relating to the environment. Unlock your career in sustainability!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Food (Security) For Thought Symposium
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.
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
May 4 — 10:30am-12pm
Celebrate the research and accomplishments of Sustainability Scholars and Sustain IU interns in the 2021 virtual Sustainability Symposium.