Earth Day 2011: A Billion Acts of Green

Earth Day 2011: A Billion Acts of Green

The first Earth Day, on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. The passage of the landmark Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act and many other groundbreaking environmental laws soon followed. Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network (EDN) works with over 22,000 partners in 192 countries to broaden, diversify and mobilize the environmental movement. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.

To catalyze global environmental activism, Earth Day Network has chosen A Billion Acts of Green® as the theme for Earth Day 2011. A Billion Acts of Green® -- the largest environmental service campaign in the world–inspires and rewards simple individual acts and larger organizational initiatives that further the goal of measurably reducing carbon emissions and supporting sustainability. The goal is to register one billion actions in advance of the global Earth Summit in Rio in 2012.

UCR Earth Week Activities:

The events kick off at 9 a.m. on April 18 with a Sustainable Commune(ity) Breakfast in HUB 268. The free event, sponsored by the campus Office of Undergraduate Research in the Community, will showcase opportunities for community service, especially those pertaining to the environment and sustainability. The event will also be the campus’ first sustainable/zero net waste event, featuring local and organic food. In addition, service settings will be reusable glass or ceramic and any waste will be composted or recycled. The event is open to the public but space is limited, so attendees are asked to RSVP by contacting Samantha Wilson at or (951) 827-7739.

Daily exhibits will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the UCR bell tower. Each day of the week will represent a different sustainability topic. All events are free and open to the public, but there is a fee for parking on campus.

Exhibits include:

  • April 18, Materials: Visitors can bring an empty disposable plastic water bottle and trade it for a Pilot pen made from recycled bottles. There will also be a demonstration in which visitors will walk through a sidewalk chalk depiction of the process for getting a building certified under LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance (EBOM) guidelines. UCR is in the process of getting its first LEED EBOM building certification for Glen Mor I residence halls.

  • April 19, Waste: What would a trash can say if it could talk? Find out by visiting the UCR talking trash cans. Other demonstrations include exploring the anatomy of a waste bin and how to recycle a coffee cup.

  • April 20, Carbon: Using cardboard boxes that represent a metric ton of CO2, visitors will have the opportunity to envision their impact on the environment by stacking the boxes that equate to their carbon footprint. UC Riverside’s Transportation and Parking Services will have information about alternative transportation and will display some of the campus’ hybrid, compressed natural gas and electric vehicles. There will also be information on how to improve gas mileage through vehicle maintenance.

  • April 21, Water: Can you physically carry your daily water use? And how much water do you really use to make a cup of coffee or drive your car? Find out at these demonstrations. Also, answer a question about sustainability, then put your name on a tag. Each tag will represent a plant that will be donated to UCR’s student garden. There will be a tree planting at 11 a.m. on the mall lawn in front of Pierce Hall and Science Laboratories 1. UC Riverside Chancellor Timothy P. White and Jared Blumenfeld, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regional administrator for the Pacific Southwest, will plant a tree to celebrate a memorandum of understanding, signed last year between UCR and the EPA, which is designed to increase EPA’s outreach to diverse and underserved communities by offering internships, joint projects, and scientific research opportunities to students and faculty. Students will help in the planting process.

    Join Chancellor Timothy P. White and EPA Regional Administrator Jared Blumenfeld for an Earth Week Tree Planting Ceremony Thursday, April 21 from 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. at the Pierce Lawn (in front of Pierce Hall & Science Laboratories 1)

  • April 22, Energy: Find out how much energy it takes to get things done and learn about some renewable energy options. A solar oven will be used to cook bread or fruit cobblers. After Earth Week the oven will be moved to a campus residence hall for student use.

  • Friday, April 22, 2011, 12-1:30 p.m., HUB Room 355.
    "Earthquakes, droughts, floods and storms are Natural hazards, UnNatural disasters are deaths and damages that result from human acts of omission and commission." A presentation of a joint World Bank and United Nations special report on global disaster management by Dr. Apurva Sanghi, Sr. Economist and Team Leader, World Bank. Sponsored by the Water Science and Policy Center, Water Resources Collections and Archives, and Global Studies Program.




Earth Day and Environmentalism

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Agricultural versus Environmental Science: A Green Revolution, Image Courtesy of WorldCat, Local Agricultural versus environmental science : a green revolution / J.S. Kidd and Renee A. Kidd. Publisher New York : Chelsea House Publishers, c2006. S589.75 .K536 2006.
Anti-GenetiX: The Emergence of the Anti-GM Movement, Image Courtesy of WorldCat, Local Anti-genetiX : the emergence of the anti-GM movement / Derrick A. Purdue. Publisher Aldershot : Ashgate, c2000. Science HM881 .P87 2000.
Back to Earth: Tomorrow's Environmentalism, Image Courtesy of WorldCat Local Back to earth : tomorrow's environmentalism / Anthony Weston. Publisher Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 1994. Science GE195 .W47 1994.
Beyond Earth Day: Fulfilling the Promise, Image Courtesy of WorldCat, Local Beyond Earth Day : fulfilling the promise / Gaylord Nelson with Susan Campbell and Paul Wozniak ; with a foreword by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Publisher Madison, Wis. : University of Wisconsin Press, c2002. Science GE195 .N45 2002.
Choice: Evolution or Extinction?: A Thinking Person's Guide to Global issues, Image Courtesy of WorldCat, Local The choice : evolution or extinction? : a thinking person's guide to global issues / Ervin Laszlo. Publisher New York, NY : J.P. Tarcher/Putnam, c1994. GE195 .L38 1994.
Communication and Public Participation in Environmental Decision Making, Image Courtesy of WorldCat, Local Communication and public participation in environmental decision making / edited by Stephen P. Depoe, John W. Delicath, Marie-France Aepli Elsenbeer. Publisher Albany : State University of New York Press, c2004. GE170 .C6413 2004.
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Contemporary Environmental Politics: From Margins to Mainstream, Image Courtesy of WorldCat, Local Contemporary environmental politics : from margins to mainstream / edited by Piers H.G. Stephens with John Barry and Andrew Dobson. Publisher London ; New York : Routledge, 2006. Science GE195 .C67 2006.
Use Less 
Stuff: Environmentalism for Who We Really Are, Image Courtesy of WorldCat, Local Use less stuff : environmentalism for who we really are / Robert M Lilienfeld; William L Rathje. New York : Ballantine Pub. Group, 1998.  Science GE195 .L53 1998.
Towards Environmental Innovation Systems, Image Courtesy of WorldCat, Local Towards Environmental Innovation Systems / Matthias Weber; Jens Hemmelskamp.  Berlin ; New York : Springer, 2005.  Science GE170 .T686 2005.
Governing the Environment: The Transformation of Environmental Regulation, Image Courtesy of WorldCat, Local Governing the environment : the transformation of environmental protection / Marc Allen Eisner. Boulder, Colo. : Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2006.  Science GE180 .E47 2007.
The Environment: Between Theory and Practice, Image Courtesy of WorldCat, Local The environment : between theory and practice / Avner De- Shalit. Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2000. Science GE170 D465 2000.
Little Green Handbook: Seven Trends Shaping the Future of our Planet, Image Courtesy of WorldCat, Loca. The little green handbook : seven trends shaping the future of our planet / Ron Nielsen; New York : Picador, 2006. Science GE140 .N54 2006.
Modeling the Environment, Image Courtesy of WorldCat, Local Modeling the environment / Andrew Ford; Washington, DC : Island Press, ©2010. Science GE45.D37 F67 2010.
Environmental Dilemmas: Ethical Decision Making, Image Courtesy of WorldCat, Local Environmental dilemmas / Robert Mugerauer; Lynne Manzo. Lanham (Md.) ; Boudler (Mass.) ; New York (N.Y.) [etc.] : Lexington books, cop. 2008.  Science GE42 .M84 2008. 
Moment on Earth, Image Courtesy of WorldCat, Local This moment on earth : today's new environmentalists and their vision for the future / John Kerry; Teresa Heinz Kerry; New York, N.Y. : PublicAffairs, ©2007. TD171 .K47 2007.
Agriculture and the Environment, Image Courtesy of WorldCat, Local Agriculture and the environment / Noel D Uri;  Publisher: Commack, N.Y. : Nova Science Publishers, ©1999.  S589.755 .U75 1999.
Against the Grain; Agri-Environmental Reform in the United States adn the European Union, Image Courtesy of WorldCat,  
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This exhibit was created on April 18, 2011 and designed by Margaret Hogarth, Steve Mitchell, and Sara Palmer.

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