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Celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day with Ohio State

Thursday, March 22, 2018

World Water Day 2018 Awareness Day

12:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Ohio Union - Great Hall Meeting Room #2

Stop by the World Water Day 2018 awareness tent to learn what Ohio State is doing to improve water quality, curb water usage and make clean water available to everyone!

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Friday, March 23, 2018

NCAA Women's Final Four Tree Planting at Walnut Hill Park

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Walnut Hill Park- 6001 E. Livingston Ave

Help beautify Walnut Hill Park and make the 2018 Women’s Basketball Final Four Tournament a more sustainable event by planting trees, removing invasive species and picking up litter. Bring gloves, if you have them but additional pairs will be provided. Trees, snacks and reusable water bottles will be provided to volunteers by the NCAA Women's Final Four. Contact  if you have any questions. 

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Friday, March 30, 2018

Water & Health: Local and Global Perspectives

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, Room L035, James Cancer Hospital

As part of Ohio State’s World Water Day celebration, the Wexner Medical Center Green Team is hosting a discussion about drinking water in our local community and the global need to improve access to healthy water, as shown in a program to bring healthy water to a village in Tanzania.

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Monday, April 2, 2018

Sustainability Fair

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Ohio Union Great Hall Meeting Room

Start off Time For Change Week at the 4th Annual Sustainability Fair that will be showcasing over 40 sustainability organizatons, the Columbus Zoo, FREE FOOD and LOTS of giveaways.

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Friday, April 6, 2018

Art-Science Collaborations

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM, Research Commons, 18th Ave. Library

Come join this FREE panel and discussion on creative research and teaching partnerships between artists and scientists stimulating innovation, knowledge production, and critical engagement. The presentations will take place between 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm, while the moderated discussion follows from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm.

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Sunday, April 8, 2018

Smith Lab Garden Survey

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, Smith Lab Garden

Remember the Pop Garden that was on the north side of Smith Lab last year? The Sustainable Growing Club (GrOSU), InFACT, and other partners on the project need your help planning this year’s garden. By April 15, take a survey to give feedback on the garden concept that you’d like to see implemented in the space in 2018. The results will be announced at the end of April and work will begin to implement a version of the chosen design. 

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Friday, April 13, 2018

Inventing the Holocene Norm: from Victorian Geology to the Anthropocene

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM, 168 Dulles Hall

Lecture by Frederick Albrition Jonsson - Associate Professor of British History, Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science - The University of Chicago. Click here for more information

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Tree Planting Volunteer Event at Mock Park

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Mock Park- 2548 Mock Rd, Columbus, Ohio 43219

Bring your friends and family to volunteer to help make the 2018 Women’s Basketball Final Four Tournament a more sustainable event and beautify Mock Park by planting trees, removing invasive species and picking up litter. Bring gloves, if you have them but additional pairs will be provided. Trees, snacks and reusable water bottles will be provided to volunteers by the NCAA Women’s Final Four.

Contact  if you have any questions. 

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Preparing the Jennings Hall Rain Garden for Spring

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Jennings Hall Rain Garden

Help prepare the Jennings Hall Rain Garden for spring! Environmental Health and Safety staff, along with the Bio Sci Greenhouses, need the help of students to remove trash, weed, mulch and maintain the garden boxes. These efforts not only work to beautify but help the rain garden maintain its function as a filter for storm events. Coffee and bagels will be provided!

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Ohio State Spring Football Game - Zero Waste event

1:45 PM - 4:45 PM, Ohio Stadium

Cheer on the Buckeyes at the Ohio Stadium- the largest stadium in the country to continuously achieve zero waste status, which refers to diverting 90% or more of materials from the landfill by recycling, repurposing, and composting.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Community Clean-Up the Columbus Near East Side

9:00 AM - 12:30 PM, 1354 E. Broad Street

Help remove trash and debris from neighborhoods within the Columbus residential Near East Side community. Complimentary beverages and snacks will be provided! Each volunteer will also receive a seedling tree to plant at home or wherever desired.

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Beautification Project at Hubbard Mastery School

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Hubbard Mastery School - 104 W. Hubbard Ave

The students of Hubbard Mastery need your help in building a beautifying their school grounds! Help create a space in the schoolyard to support environmental exploration and real-life observation. Assist in weeding and removing invasive species, planting seedlings, building bee hotels in the pollinator garden, staining picnic tables and removing litter!

As a thanks for your hard work, everyone will enjoy snacks, and a variety of other goodies from Green Columbus!

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A Fuller Revivyl's Spring Clean Up

4:00 PM - 7:00 PM, 2500 Medary Ave

Lend a helping hand by volunteering at A FULLER REVIVYL, a community garden located at Bridgeway Academy! Assist with renovating/cleaning up the compost and storage areas, planting trees, preparing the plots for planting, preparing the raised beds for future transplanting, cleaning up dead brush, and removing litter and unnecessary supplies. There will also be food and beverages provided.

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Four Seasons City Farm

2:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Four Seasons Garden Site and Greenhouse - 1101 Bryden Rd

Help the Four Seasons City Farm in the greenhouse to pot up vegetable seedlings and also transplant outside cool weather crops such as kale lettuce, broccoli and strawberry plants.

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Environmental Professionals Network Discussion: "Sustainability through Reinvention"

7:00 PM - 8:45 PM, Ohio Union Griffin Ballroom

Explore the concept of sustainable supply chains through the lens of reinvention at this signature event! Sustainability and supply chain professionals from three iconic companies (Patagonia, Owens Corning, and Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams) will share how they are working to embed sustainability into their supply chains.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Monarch Way Station Beautification

9:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4H Center at OSU Chadwick Arboretum - 2201 Fred Taylor Drive

Join Chadwick Arboretum horticulturists, students and staff for this educational, hands-on day of gardening! Assist in removing invasive species to prepare the Monarch Way Station for a large variety of native pollinator plants, learn how to plant red twig dogwoods, and help clean debris to keep the garden beautiful for all to enjoy. Contact Trish Clark at if you have any questions.

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Highland Youth Garden

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Highland Youth Garden - 67 S Highland Ave

Assist the Highland Youth Garden in weeding, trimming plants, planting seedlings and cleaning up around the garden to prepare for spring planting.

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Windsor STEM Elementary School and Rosewind Commons Tree Planting

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Windsor STEM Elementary School - 1219 E 12th Ave

Join Columbus City Schools, Leadership Columbus and Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority in planting trees at Windsor Elementary School and Rosewind Commons.

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Forest Restoration Project on Eakin Road

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, 2180 Eakin Rd

Assist the Sierra Club in removing invasive plant species and planting beneficial trees, shrubs, and milkweed to support pollinators and wildlife. Work gloves will be provided, but please bring a reusable water bottle to stay hydrated.

As a thanks for your hard work, everyone will enjoy snacks, and a variety of other goodies from Green Columbus!

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Olentangy River Clean Up

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, OSU Heffner Wetland Research & Education Building - 352 W. Dodridge Street

Join us as we clean up the Olentangy River at The Ohio State University Wetland Research Park! Help clear litter along the Olentangy River and remove non-native species around the wetlands. Bring gloves and a water bottle if you have them!

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Happy Earth Day!

12:00 AM - 11:55 PM, Worldwide

Earth Day 2018 is dedicated to providing the information and inspiration needed to fundamentally change human attitude and behavior about plastics. Help End Plastic Pollution by finding out how many plastic items you consume every year and make a PLEDGE to reduce the amount.

Carmack Woods Restoration Project

9:30 AM - 1:30 PM, Bus Shelter 95 - Carmack Lot 5, 2133 Carmack Rd

Come join Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed and Ohio State Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering in restoring Carmack Woods! From removing honeysuckle to cleaning up trash to planting native trees and shrubs, join us in leaving your mark on Ohio State’s campus to make a lasting impact on the local environment! Lunch will be provided.

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Earth Day Celebration - Columbus

12:00 PM - 7:00 PM, Genoa Park

Celebrate Earth Day at Genoa Park (next to COSI) downtown for a day-long celebration featuring great local bands, family-friendly activities, eco-friendly artisans, an electric vehicle ride & drive, and Columbus' best food trucks!

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Friday, April 27, 2018

Arbor Day Celebration 2018

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, West Side of Kottman Hall, 2021 Coffey Rd., Cols, Oh, 43210


Join the Ohio State University Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens as we celebrate Arbor Day 2018. Events include:

•  Presentation of the 2017 Chadwick Arboretum Collaborators Award - Mary Maloney, Chadwick Arboretum Executive Director

•  Presentation of Lorax Awards to those who speak for the trees

•  Dedication of trees planted during ArboBlitz 2017

Complimentary refreshments and cake will be served following the presentation. For convenient parking, visit kiosks in nearby parking lots.

Contact: Trish Clark -

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Buckeye Blackout Spring Concert

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Trism

Take a break from finals and celebrate the last weekend of the school year/last weekend of Earth Month with some fab music and exciting sustainable giveaways. Click here for more information.

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