From: The Division of Campus Planning, Infrastructure, and Facilities; Transportation Services

Earth Week 2022 will run April 17-23. The Virginia Tech community is invited to participate in a wide range of in-person and virtual Earth Week 2022 activities. Earth Week is organized in collaboration with over 30 student groups, faculty, staff, and community members and the events are open to everyone. 

Recognized by more than 193 countries, Earth Day focuses on the environmental issues the world faces.

Virginia Tech Earth Week 2022 events sponsored by the Division of Campus Planning, Infrastructure, and Facilities and Transportation Services include:

Monday, April 18

Bike to Campus Day: Kick off the week by bicycling to Virginia Tech. Free food, bike help, giveaways, and alternative transportation assistance will be available at the Hokie Bike Hub from 7:30 - 10:30 a.m. The Hokie Bike Hub will be operating as normal to assist with more challenging mechanical issues. 

Plastics Sorting Game: The Office of Sustainability's waste team interns will be hosting a soft plastics sorting game at the Squires Plaza from 4 - 6 p.m. to highlight recyclable in the Blacksburg campus soft campus recycling bins as part of university efforts toward a zero waste campus. Costumes for photo moments will also be included. 

Tuesday, April 19

Pop Up Bike Repair Station: The Hokie Bike Hub will host a pop up service station to assist with repairs and answer alternative transportation questions outside Owens Hall from noon to 2 p.m.

Moss Arts Center Waste Audit: Join the Office of Energy Management at the certified LEED Gold Moss Arts Center from 1 - 2:30 p.m. for a survey and analysis of the facility's waste stream. This will be used to create a waste profile and identify opportunities for improving recycling strategies. Register online

Wednesday, April 20

Climate Action Commitment - One Year Later Panel Discussion: The Office of Sustainability will host a panel discussion from 1 - 2:30 p.m. with experts from the Division of Campus Planning, Infrastructure, and Facilities; Transportation Services; the academic community; and current students to explore Virginia Tech's progress toward reaching its Climate Action Commitment goals. This event will begin with an overview of the Climate Action Commitment, followed by a series of short presentations by participating members, and a question and answer section. Register online.

Zero Waste Picnic: The Office of Sustainability's food and waste intern teams will be hosting a picnic with Jeopardy! at the Ag Quad from 5:30 - 7 p.m. 

Thursday, April 21

Pop Up Bike Repair Station: The Hokie Bike Hub will host a pop up service station to assist with repairs and answer alternative transportation questions outside West End Market from noon to 2 p.m.

Moss Arts Center LEED-Focused Tour: Members of the Office of Sustainability's energy intern team will be offering tours of the Moss Arts Center from 1 - 2 p.m., identifying sustainable aspects of the facility. The tour will explore ideas for improving the building's LEED rating and how to obtain LEED certifications for other campus facilities. Register in advance.

 

Saturday, April 23

Arbor Day Celebration: Join the Division of Campus Planning, Infrastructure, and Facilities and the College of Natural Resources and Environment at a ceremonal tree planting at the Duck Pond followed by tours of campus trees from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Activities include sharing the story of a black willow once located at the pond, demonstrations of proper planting and safety techniques, and three separate tours of Virginia Tech's trees. 

There are nearly 40 events during Virginia Tech's 2022 Earth Week, with sponsors including Rec Sports, College of Natural Resources and Environment, Student Affairs, Hokie Wellness, and more.

Questions may be directed to Emily Vollmer at vollmere@vt.edu.

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