Earth Week 2016 IS HERE!

We have lots of events happening this year to celebrate Earth Week. Why should you get involved? You can meet new people, learn about sustainability work on campus, and help make a difference. Join us in celebrating Earth Week 2016!



9:40 a.m. – 12 p.m., meet at the Info Desk

Oceans and beaches are essential ecosystems not just for plants and animals but for human enjoyment as well! Come kick off Earth Week with Surfrider Club and your fellow UPS students by doing a beach clean up at Tacoma Narrows Park in Gig Harbor. The clean up is hosted by the South Sound Surfrider Foundation chapter. We are meeting at 9:40 a.m. to vanpool over there. Contact Surfrider Campus Club for more information.


No Power acoustic concert

4 – 5 p.m. in the Rotunda

This event brings you some of the best performers on campus in an exclusively acoustic concert. Why do a no power concert? We aim to increase awareness on the consumption of electricity and other frequently unnecessary resources in our daily lives. Come check out the concert in the Rotunda. Performances will feature a cappella groups, hip hop, string duets, and solo performances from students! Contact the Sustainability Advisory Committee if you have any questions.



The Diner

What's more central to the campus experience than the food we eat? That's why the Diner and CICE have put together the Loggers Eat Green program: every Monday the Loggers Eat Green Special brings you an entree that highlights an aspect of sustainability. Find the special at a station at the Diner during lunch hours to see how this week's entree fits into your meal.


Brown Bag Lecture on land conservation

12 – 1 p.m. in Thompson 310.

Today we will be hearing about the importance of maintaining open spaces for both human and ecological use! Come by to learn more about the significance of conservation and ecological restoration efforts in the Puget Sound area. Jordan Rash (Conservation Director, Tacoma Office of Forterra) is a graduate of Willamette University in Salem, OR. He spent summers working on family farms in Oregon and also served as a U.S. Forest Service firefighter in the high desert. He brings nearly a decade of political experience working for legislatures and elected officials in Oregon and Washington. He and his family live in Tacoma.


12 – 1 p.m. in the SUB

Sustainability Services is giving you a chance to pledge not to buy bottled water. Stop by their table today to sign the pledge and contribute to change on our campus! You will also get the chance outside the Box Castle event Friday 4/22.

Tapped: a documentary night

7:30 p.m. in Rausch Auditorium

Today an ASUPS Green Fee Project presents the documentary Tapped. Tapped discusses the issues that come from the bottled water industry and its effects on climate, human health, reliance on oil, and pollution. 



12 – 2 p.m. in Wheelock Plaza, outside the SUB

Looking for a way to celebrate Earth Week?  How about a tune up to keep your bike running smoothly? On Wednesday, April 20th 12-2 p.m., swing by Wheelock Plaza by the Rotunda for some (free!!) bicycle repairs and maintenance, as well as plenty of exciting information about bike-related campus happenings. Feel free to come with questions, suggestions, old bikes, new bikes, or anything else!


Open garden class 

4 – 6 p.m. at the Campus Garden (17th and Alder)

Come join the Garden Practices class outside for some lessons in the dirt! See the veggies the garden grows and bring all of your food and plant questions for some academic knowledge.


7 - 9 p.m. in Trimble Forum.

If you've ever wondered what the Divest UPS campaign is and what it aims to accomplish, today is your day. Tonight, ECO brings you a divestment panel with students, faculty, and staff. Come learn about the developments in ECO's campaign and what it could mean for our campus.


Build a Box Castle!

9 a.m. – 3 p.m. in Lower Marshall Hall 

This Earth Day Sustainability Services brings you: Build a Box Castle! Sustainability Services collects cardboard boxes from around campus for two months preceding the event to show how much packaging our community uses in such a short period of time. 

Bottled water pledge drive

In front of the Box Castle event you will be able to make a pledge to not buy bottled water. Sustainability Services will also be tabling on Tuesday from 12-1 p.m. in the SUB. 


Student Market

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in Lower Marshall Hall

It's time to celebrate arts, crafts, and entrepreneurship! The Student Market brings you the chance to purchase some handmade goods, donate and pick up used clothes and other items at the swap table, and enjoy live music by student performers. Please contact ECO if you would like to be a student vendor or performer. 


Ice Cream social bike ride

5 – 7 p.m. at the Shed, behind the Expy 

Do you like Ice Cream? Yes? We thought so. Cap off a great Earth Week with a short bike ride around Tacoma ending at Ice Cream Social for a scoop of free ice cream! Along the way you'll get to meet some of the fantastic cycling community here at Puget Sound as well as learn how to best navigate the streets of Tacoma on a bike. Don't have a bike? All that you need to do is bring yourself and a helmet (we have helmets to loan out if you don't own one). If you want to make sure that your bike is in tip top shape before the ride be sure to visit Patrick in The Shed (bike shop) on M,W,F, 5:00-7:00 to take full advantage of its options. 



farm to table 

The Diner

Farm to Table is a week-long campaign, where the UPS chefs partner with local farms and small businesses to educate the campus community on sustainable & local food choices. Special ingredients and dishes are served at the Salad Bar and Chef’s Table stations during lunch service. Special dishes are listed as either Local 50 or Regional 360 designating the mile radius from the university that the items were sourced. Examples include sustainably raised Columbia River Steelhead, Meadowsweet Farms dairy from Kent, WA and Tacoma Tofu that is made less than 3 miles from the university.

Check out the options throughout the week:

Washington Rhubarb Cobbler with Meadowsweet Dairy Whipped Cream

Draper Valley Farms Achiote Chicken Tacos

Seared Inaba Farm Asparagus wrapped in Prosciutto

Spring Vegetable with Zuchinni "Noodles"

Washington Apple Tart with Local Ice Cream 

Greeks go green instagram competition 

Greeks Go Green is an inter-Greek house Instagram competition running April 11th through 22nd. If you're in a Greek house you should post a picture of you and follow house members performing sustainable actions with the hashtag #upsgreeksgogreen16 to win points for your house! The winning fraternity or sorority will have a tree planted in their honor on campus on Arbor Day later in April. Contact Sustainability Services if you have any questions or comments. 

Diversions cafe byoc

This week Diversions Cafe is highlighting its sustainability efforts to encourage people to bring their own travel mugs to reduce the use of non-reusable containers! Don't forget that you receive ten cents off every time that you bring your own container, and every tenth person who brings their own mug will get it for FREE!

Additionally, Diversions is putting on a BORROWED CUP DRIVE in the dorms. Keep an eye out for containers in the halls designated to returning borrowed cafe mugs to Diversions! 

General questions about Earth Week 2016 can be emailed to Check out Loggers Live Green on Facebook for event pages and Daily updates.