Earth Month 2019!

Posted on March 26, 2019

Celebrate Earth Month!

Princeton students, faculty and staff have planned earth-friendly events and activities throughout April in honor of Earth Month. This page will continue to be updated as new events and activities are scheduled!
Use #PUEarthMonth2019 on social media when attending these events!

Campus Green Tours

Available upon request

During Earth Month, the Office of Sustainability is offering campus Green Tours that highlight campus sustainability features. To request a tour for up to 30 people, please email with the subject line "Campus Green Tours.”

EcoTracker Earth Month Challenge

April 1-10
Ever wonder what the CO2 impact of your every day actions are? Find out... and get rewarded! Take photos of your actions for at least 10 days in April and you could win $5 to $50. Sign up on the EcoTracker website. Contact with any questions or concerns.

SCRAP Lab Open House Drop-In Hours

Tuesdays in April, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. at the SCRAP Lab (located near 148 FitzRandolph Rd; walking directions from Frist Campus Center)

Visit Princeton University’s composting facility, the SCRAP Lab, for Earth Month!

Please note advanced registration is not required; open only to Princeton University students, faculty and staff.

Princeton Vertical Farm Tours

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays during the weeks of April 8 and 22, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. and 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.; meet at the dinosaur in Guyot Hall

Tour the Princeton University Vertical Farm for Earth Month! Please note advanced registration is required; open only to Princeton University students, faculty and staff.

Garden Workdays

Fridays in April, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m., and Sundays in April, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m., at Forbes Garden

Join the Princeton Garden Project in planting, weeding and harvesting organic produce.

Soles4Souls Shoe Drive

March 27 - April 24 at DPS, 200 Elm Drive Lobby

The Department of Public Safety in collaboration with Ben Franklin Elementary School is holding a Soles4Souls Shoe Drive. Any new or used shoes are appreciated. 

Walking Meditation

April 2, 12:00 - 12:40 p.m.; meet at Dillon Gym Lobby

A guided mediation walk around campus. Reconnect with your circadian rhythms, to sleep better as a result. Simple mindfulness practice that will harmonize your body & mind with nature.

Climate Futures Initiative: "Inequality and the Social Cost of Carbon"

April 2, 4:30 p.m. at A71 Louis A. Simpson International Building

David Anthoff, assistant professor in the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California-Berkeley, will discuss his work to quantitatively estimate the social costs of carbon in relation to inequality.

Tiger Chef Challenge

April 3, 4:00 p.m. at Dillon Gym

Student teams from the residential colleges will compete as they prepare, cook and present their best dishes to a panel of judges. The Challenge will also feature a food expo with complimentary food and beverage tasting.

Reproductive Sustainability with PSGE

April 4, 8:30 - 9:30 p.m. at the Pink House Kitchen (99 Alexander Street)

Come talk with Pink House and Princeton Students for Gender Equality on how to be more sustainable when it intersects with reproduction. All genders are welcome and we'll have some baked goods to snack on!

Mend Mondays

April 8 and 22, 8:00 - 10:00 p.m. at the Frist Green Space

Mend's mission is to encourage sustainable attitudes and reduce waste surrounding clothing and fashion through teaching Princeton University community members how to repair, reuse and upcycle clothing, and providing the materials to do so. They will have knowledgeable staff, needles and thread, and a sewing machine available to help you with all your needs. Bring your clothes.

Free Solo

April 8, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at 185 Nassau Street

Film followed by a Q&A with director Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi '00. Presented in partnership with Princeton University Lewis Center for the Arts and Princeton Environmental Film Festival. This is a non-ticketed event open to the public with limited seating.

PEFF screenings on campus

April 8- 14 at Computer Science Building, Room 104 

The Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI), a co-sponsor of the 2019 Princeton Environmental Film Festival (PEFF), will host selected films on the Princeton University campus. A full festival schedule is available online.

Tiger Sustainability Night - Lacrosse Game

April 9, 6:00 p.m. at Sherrerd Field at Class of 1952 Stadium

Join Princeton's EcoReps at Tiger Sustainability Night at the Men's Lacrosse Game on April 9! Tiger Sustainability Night promotes sustainable practices by focusing on waste reduction initiatives at sporting events.

Princeton University's Farmer's Market

April 10, 17, 24, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at Firestone Plaza

Vendors provide a range of items including Jersey Fresh fruits and organic vegetables, cold pressed juices, Jersey Fresh honey, locally-made breads, nut butters, organic sandwiches and salads, gluten-free baked goods, and much more!

Forks Over Knives

April 11, 7:00 p.m. at Whitman Blackbox Theater

Please join Greening Dining, USG Project Boards, and the Office of Sustainability in the showing of Forks Over KnivesForks Over Knives examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the chronic diseases that afflict us can be controlled or even reversed by rejecting animal-based and processed foods … The film follows everyday Americans with chronic conditions as they seek to reduce their dependence on medications and learn to use a whole-food, plant-based diet to regain control over their health and their lives.

Carbon-neutral Campus Social

April 12, 9:00 p.m. in Pace Center (Frist)

Join our social for a casual get-together to learn more about the Princeton Student Climate Initiative and what we are doing to help Princeton become carbon neutral.

Sustainability Groups Open House

April 14, 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. at Campus Club Dining Room

Campus Club Dining Room

Are you interested in sustainability and environmental activities on campus? Come to our Open House to meet with students in sustainability and environmentally conscious groups and learn about their goals, and current and future projects.

Walking on Wednesday: On the Canal

April 17, 12:00-1:00pm, along the D&R Canal towpath

The Women of Princeton Employee Resource Group (WERG) invites everyone to join them for Walking on Wednesday (WOW): On the Canal. Put on your sneakers and bring a friend to walk from 12 to 1 p.m. along the D&R Canal towpath. Participants should meet at 12 p.m. at Turning Basin Park on Alexander Road. Email Gwen McNamara,, or Lisa Nicolaison,, with questions.

Dessert & Dialogue: Sustainability and Institutional Accountability

April 17, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. in McCormick 101

Please join the Pace Council for Civic Values in the next meeting of our “Dessert and Dialogue” series! Panelists will engage in a discussion surrounding questions of how to practice sustainability as well as Princeton’s institutional responibility toward such initiatives. This conversation will allow audience members to reflect on their own responsibility toward fostering a more sustainable lifestyle. Additionally, we hope to spark collaboration among various sustainability groups on and off campus in relation to issues of service and civic engagement. Desserts will be served

Conversation with Paul Watson

April 18, 7:30 p.m. in McCormick 101

Interested in ocean preservation, whales, or direct conservation action? Come hear a conversation with ocean activist Paul Watson, cofounder of Greenpeace and subject of the TV show Whale Wars! Hosted by the Princeton Conservation Society.

How to get Started as a Naturalist with Henry Horn” Video Premiere and Nature Walks

April 19, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. at Frick Chemistry Auditorium and Campus Trails

Please join The Office of Sustainability for the premiere of “How To Get Started as a Naturalist,” a short video featuring the late Princeton ecologist Henry Horn, who spent 52 years exploring natural history on campus and leading informal nature walks. Following the premiere and other video screenings, campus members will lead nature walks in the nearby woods to look for spring wildflowers and migrating warblers and whatever else is there to be seen. Please wear trousers and sturdy shoes or boots and bring plant guides if you have them! The event will be held rain or shine.

Launch of Princeton University's 

Sustainability Action Plan: Toward 2026 and Beyond

Earth Day, April 22

CJL Earth Day Celebration Study Break

April 22, 9:00 - 10:00 p.m. at CJL Lounge

Decorate mason jars to use as reusable coffee mugs and make trail mix! 

Sustainability Chats at Witherspoons Cafe

Every night at 8 p.m. during the week of April 22, at Witherspoons Cafe

Have questions about sustainability and the environment? In the spirit of Earth Month, Greening Dining will be hosting casual chats at Witherspoons Cafe in Frist every single night during the week of April 22. You can ask all your burning questions about the environment and campus sustainability! Free coffee on us if you bring a mug (we will also be providing a limited number of mugs for use at the cafe if you forget!)

Earth Day Yoga

April 23, 5:15 - 6:15 p.m. on Forbes Lawn

Celebrate Mother Earth in this outdoor vinyasa yoga class. All levels welcome. Free for Students, Staff and Faculty. Limited mats provided, BYO if possible.

Last Lecture Series: "See Your Life as a Story... and Make it a Great One" Featuring T.A. Barron '74

April 23, 6:00 p.m. in Whig Senate Chamber

You have a unique story – and you write that story by the choices you make in life. All we have is our time and our passions – so why not pour both of them into the very best life story? That’s the secret to a meaningful life. Author and environmental advocate T. A. Barron inspires many with his books, including the highly acclaimed Merlin Saga, and believes that seeing your life as a story is an empowering – and universal – idea.

The Rangers of Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique: a Film Screening in Support of Cyclone Idai Relief Efforts

April 23, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. in McCosh 50

Little over a month ago, Central Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi was hit by the worst weather event ever in the Southern Hemisphere. More than 800 people have been killed, thousands injured, and nearly 3 million people affected. With flood waters now receding, the rebuild has begun but help is needed. In Central Mozambique, Gorongosa National Park has devoted their own resources to the rescue and delivery of emergency aid to communities surrounding the park. Park officials estimate that they will be feeding these communities, of 30-40000 people, for three months until crops can regrow. Please join in support of the cyclone relief effort and learn about how Gorongosa National Park is helping to re-define 21st century conservation through human empowerment.

The event is open to all Princeton community members and members of the public. Admission is free.

Carbon Cashback: Lessons Learned From Designing a Policy

April 25, 5:00-6:00 p.m. at the Pace Center (Frist)

Join Princeton Student Climate Initiative for a short talk & Q/A session on the NJ Climate Policy Team's work to design a carbon cashback policy for New Jersey, and lessons learned from our presenting the policy to stakeholders and at conferences.

BANFF Film Festival

April 26 - 27 at McCosh Hall, Room 10

Join Princeton students, staff, faculty, and the local community for this campus favorite that combines awe-inspiring films and an intermission gear raffle! The spectacular action-packed films feature rock climbing, mountaineering, kayaking, mountain biking, extreme skiing and explorations of the natural world.

SCRAP Lab Guided Tour

April 26, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at the SCRAP Lab (located near 148 FitzRandolph Rd; Click here for walking directions from Frist Campus Center) 

Visit Princeton University’s composting facility, the SCRAP Lab, for Earth Month! Please note advance registration is required: email with the subject line "SCRAP LAB Guided Tour" to reserve your spot; open only to Princeton University students, faculty and staff.

Earth Month Solar Field Tours

April 26, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Tour the Princeton University Solar Field Tour during Earth Month! Advance reservation is required, please email with the subject line "Solar Field Tour" to reserve your spot. 

Transportation to the solar field will be provided - only the authorized tour vehicles are permitted to drive to the solar field! The vehicles will leave promptly from Frist Campus Center (the parking lot between Frist and Guyot Hall) so please be on time for your tour. The tour is approximately one hour in length. Tours may be cancelled due to poor weather conditions. Please note that tours are only open to Princeton students, staff and faculty.

Tree Planting

April 27, 10:00 a.m.

Join Princeton University's Grounds Crew in planting trees on campus. To participate, please email; only open to Princeton University students. 

Cool Earth 5K

April 28,  10:00 a.m. at Dillon Gym 

5K fun run, donating to Cool Earth.