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Earth Week 2024

At ESF, we believe that the Earth’s celebration is worthy of an entire week, not just a day!

Starting Monday 4/22, ESF is celebrating its annual Earth Week with a full slate of exciting events to celebrate our planet and call attention to environmental and social justice issues — all planned by our amazing students! No other college celebrates the Earth with as much passion as ESF! In fact, the city of Syracuse and Onondaga County declared Earth Day to also be ESF Day (Monday, 4/22) with a proclamation in 2020. Earth Week is a testament to our students’ commitment to improving our world and finding solutions to our most pressing environmental issues.

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Diversity and Biodiversity: A Sustainable Future for People and Planet


Connecting Environmental and Social Justice
11 a.m. – noon
Moon 110

ESF Day of Giving Thank You Banner Signing
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Quad (Rain: Gateway)

Earth Day Carnival
noon – 3 p.m.
Quad (Rain: Gateway)

Alumni Association Tree Planting
1 p.m.
NE Side of Baker near Lawrinson Quad
ESF students past and present are invited to participate in a commemorative tree planting sponsored by the Alumni Association.  Three shade tolerant flowering trees will be added to the landscape on the North side of Baker Lab.  Attendees can observe the event or get their hands dirty and help with planting, mulching, and watering.

Cacti Creations: Upcycling Bottles into Cacti
3 – 4:30 p.m.
Moon Patio (Rain: Gateway Concourse)
Struggling with being a plant parent? Test your green thumb with sustainable cacti! Join us in upcycling plastic bottles into cactus masterpieces. Unleash your creativity and take home your own unique prickly plant!

Birding Club Game Night 
5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Marshall 24 

Noche Salvaje
5 – 7 p.m.
Gateway A/B
Join us for a fun discussion about culture, reptiles, and bugs! Where we will delve into the dynamics of conservation in Latin America and the diversity of life present. Free food from Alto Cinco and fries and seasoned CRICKETS!

Two Voices
6:15 – 7:30 p.m.
Marshall Auditorium or via Zoom
Join others in a special Poetry Club session where we partner online and in-person to read, write and share poems in the Earth Week theme of Diversity and Biodiversity: A Sustainable Future for People and Planet.

Tie Dye
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Green Roof Cleanup
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Green Roof
Help get the green roof ready for spring! Dr. Don Leopold will kick off the activity with a green roof tour and explanation of what makes it so unique. Members of the campus community will then assist the grounds crew in cutting back portions of the green roof that require maintenance. Gloves and tools will be provided, but we recommend that you bring water and wear close toed shoes.

E-Waste Drive
Gateway Concourse
Students, do you have small electronics, small appliances, or batteries you’re looking to properly dispose of? Bring them to the e-waste drive where the Sustainability Engagement Assistants will collect and dispose of them for you! You can also learn how to properly dispose of these items yourself in the future!

Drive-by Picnic
11 a.m. – noon

Skippy's Ice Cream
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

DIY Plant Starters
1 – 3 p.m.
Quad (Rain: Gateway Concourse)
Join us to plant your own herbs & veggies in a compostable pot! We will also be taking donations for Beth's Bounty Food Pantry. 

The M̓ṇúxvʔit Model for Centering Indigenous Knowledge and Governance in collaborations: Yím̓ás Q̓íx̌itasu (Elroy White) & Kyle Artelle
5 p.m.
Illick 5

Panel of Representatives 
5 – 6 p.m.
Gateway Center
Hear directly from your elected representatives on all levels of government about pressing policy and societal issues, allowing them to explain their views, priorities, and roles.

Film Screening: Elemental
6:30 p.m.
Marshall Auditorium

DIY Bird Feeders and Decorating Upcycled Plant Pots
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Quad (Rain: Gateway Concourse)

Tie Dye
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

AXS Clothing Swap
10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Gateway C
Hosted by AXS club

Oakie's Green Team Wasketball
10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Gateway C
Hosted by Oakie's Green Team 

Wildlife Banner/Art
11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Moon Patio (Rain: Moon Library)
Hosted by Wildlife Society 

4 – 8 p.m.
Quad/Moon Patio (Rain: Marshall 24)
Hosted by DESI + SAGA club

Break free from the Ecocidal War Machine: A Conversation with meital yaniv
5:30 – 6 p.m. | Food
6 – 7 p.m. | Conversation + Q/A
Marshall Auditorium
Hosted by 315Students4Liberation
meital is a former Israeli soldier and former Zionist. Sarah is a PhD Candidate at ESF and SU who formerly lived in Palestine. They will converse about the connections between earth justice and the liberation of those lands, waters, and peoples. In their book bloodlines meital writes "the war planes broke me to pieces and the desert plants stitched me back together. Sarah will recall some of her dramatic experiences navigating the divided city of Jerusalem, usually on bicycle.”

Propagate and Create: Terrarium Crafting and Plant Sale
9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Gateway Concourse

AXS Clothing Swap
10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Gateway C

Tie Dye
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Campus Native Plant Walk
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Starts at Hardwood Forest
Join Bee Campus and Botany Club for a tour of the native pollinator habitat on campus. We'll point out interesting plants, discuss their specialized relationships with native pollinators, and see what pollinators we can find!

E-Waste Drive
2 – 4 p.m.
Gateway Concourse
Students, do you have small electronics, small appliances, or batteries you’re looking to properly dispose of? Bring them to the e-waste drive where the Sustainability Engagement Assistants will collect and dispose of them for you! You can also learn how to properly dispose of these items yourself in the future!

Arbor Day Celebration!!
3:30 – 5 p.m.
Outside Centennial Hall
The students from the arboriculture class will be on the front lawn of Centen, ready to talk trees! We have yard games, snacks and native tree giveaways! Join us in celebrating Arbor day!

Unearthed Open Mic Night
4 – 6 p.m.
Marshall 24
Poets, writers, singers, and musicians are warmly encouraged to join us at an Open Mic hosted by the editorial team of Unearthed, ESF's literary and art magazine. ESF students featured in the forthcoming issue will share their writing, and then we will open the stage for any and all interested performers to share creative work related to this year's Earth Week theme. Come for an evening of poetry, music, prose, art, camaraderie, and refreshments

Volleyball Tournament
5:30 – 8 p.m.
Lawrinson Quad Courts

Can’t Stop Change Film Screening and Earth Week Speakers
6 – 9 p.m.
This feature length documentary tells the stories of 14 LGBTQ25+ artists, organizers and educators across Florida (and the new Florida diaspora) who are working to combat the intersecting oppressions of climate injustice, homophobia, and transphobia in the state. Join us for a screening, dinner, and Q&A with the creators!

Seed Bomb Workshop
11:30 p.m. – 12:30p.m.
Illick Greenhouses
Come meet up in the Illick Greenhouse to make seed bombs! They are a fun and easy way to try and introduce seeds into landscapes. You'll get to learn more about native plants, their role in restoration projects, and take your bombs with you!

Sound Bath
1 – 2:30 p.m.
Quad (Rain: Barnes Fitness Room 2)
Join us as ESF Yoga Club collaborates with Drumquest, a local sound healing group led by Jim Talbot! No equipment or experience required – mats and instruments will be provided. Be ready to experience the healing properties of sound during this meditative session involving drums, gongs, chimes, and bells!

Pollinator-Friendly Herb Giveaway
1 – 3 p.m.
Quad (Rain: Gateway Concourse) 
Come get a potted herb seedling from Bee Campus! These organic herbs have flowers that pollinators love, and are great to add to dishes or drinks. There are multiple kinds to choose from, and all were grown here in the campus greenhouse. While supplies last.

Get Ready with CenTen for Quadstock
1 – 4 p.m.
Centennial Hall Lobby
Centen has your Quadstock accessories covered, stop by for some sunblock, flower headbands, sunglasses, earth themed temporary tattoos, Y2K butterfly hair clips and more! Located in the 1st floor lobby, stop by on your way to the quad!

1 – 8 p.m.
Quad (Rain: Gateway Center)
There will be food trucks and a market with 40+ vendors/activities. The 21+ patio is open to students, staff and faculty. Bring your government and ESF ID.

Saturday of Service

Oakwood Cleanup
10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Oakwood — Comstock Entrance
Join us to plant trees and remove invasive species in Oakwood Cemetery and help Historical Oakwood Cemetery Preservation Association (HOCPA) out in cleaning up the cemetery!

Comfort Tyler Park
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Syracuse parks (Walking distance)

Brighten Up the Block
10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
University Neighborhood (Meet at Robin Hood Oak/ Behind Bray and go to the university neighborhood together)
Come together with students and faculty to brighten up our university blocks and make a positive difference in our community!

SUSA Tree Planting
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. 
South Campus (Shuttles from CenTen nd College place to get to south campus)

Open House Tours
Contact Rocky Feola ( to sign-up


All Week

EcoRep's Biodiversity Scavenger Hunt

Join the EcoReps in searching for posters scattered around campus celebrating native biodiversity and a diverse array of scientists and environmental activists. Each poster features a different species or scientist and the first person to find all 20 wins a prize!

Illustrator Club Art Museum
Bray Rotunda