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The U celebrates Earth Day a little early with a week of activities, lectures, food and fun.

By the Sustainability Office

When we imagine the place where we live, we often think of our city, our state or our country. But Earth is also our home. In celebration of our home, the University of Utah will host Earth Week 2017 from April 10-14. The events of the week invite us to connect to our home through education and volunteerism.

Earth Week is hosted by the Sustainability OfficeASUU, the Environmental & Sustainability Studies Sustainability Leadership Committee, U of U Tree Campus USA and the Urban Ecology and Sustainability Scholars.

Events include:

[bs_well size=”sm”]Campus Tree Tour
Monday, April 10, 2-3:30 p.m.
Presidents Circle

Learn about the trees at the University of Utah — part of the State of Utah Arboretum — on a tour led by campus arborist Suzie Middleton. Meet at the flagpole on Presidents Circle.[/bs_well]

[bs_well size=”sm”]PARKing Day
Tuesday, April 11, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Marriott Library parking lot

Urban ecology student group SCAPE will show participants what a couple of parking spaces can do for pedestrians by temporarily transforming these auto spaces into public open space.[/bs_well]

[bs_well size=”sm”]Documentary Screening
Tuesday, April 116-8 p.m.
Union Theater

Watch “How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change” by award-winning documentary filmmaker Josh Fox. Oscar-nominated director Fox (GASLAND) continues in his deeply personal style, investigating climate change, traveling to 12 countries on 6 continents.[/bs_well]

[bs_well size=”sm”]Earth Fest: Party on the Plaza
Wednesday, April 1210 a.m.-2 p.m. 
Marriott Library Plaza

Join on- and off-campus groups whose missions focus on the three pillars of sustainability: Environmental, social and economic equity. Don’t miss the Lock It or Lose It program, where the University of Utah Police will give out U-bolt bike locks to those who register their bikes. Free bagels will be available for active transit riders.[/bs_well]

[bs_well size=”sm”]Place as Passion panel
Wednesday, April 122-3 p.m. 
Sill Center

Attend a panel discussion that explores the new and innovative discipline of urban ecology as both a design concept and a new paradigm.[/bs_well]

[bs_well size=”sm”]Social Soup
Thursday, April 1312:30-2 p.m. 
Gould Auditorium in the Marriott Library

Social Soup is a once-per-semester lecture series that reflects on social, economic and environmental issues surrounding food. Free soup is provided by University of Utah Dining Services.[/bs_well]

[bs_well size=”sm”]Hoop-La: Hoop House Inauguration and Last Frost Kick-Off
Friday, April 14, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Pioneer Garden

Celebrate the beginning of spring growing season while inaugurating the campus’s new hoop house. Free lunch will be provided for volunteers at 1 p.m. by El Sillero. Help prepare the garden for spring by mulching, composting, planting and pruning. The Pioneer Garden is located south of the James Talmage Building (map).[/bs_well]