Celebrate Earth Day at University of Illinois at Chicago and their ongoing Climate Change Commitments to create a resilient campus that recognizes, responds, and educates UIC’s campus community about the impacts of climate change. This outdoor pop-up event, planned by UIC students as part of “Garden for a Changing Climate” project, features booths and activities from various organizations on campus and throughout Chicago that explore sustainable and green practices for everyday life.
Created by artist Jenny Kendler, “Garden for a Changing Climate” is a community-driven participatory public art project that uses a traveling garden of local plants to give Chicagoans a dynamic and tangible experience of the effects of climate change.
The event is free and open to all!
See more about Garden for a Changing Climate: bit.ly/GardenforaChangingClimate
Earth Day Sustainability Fair Activities:
—Commitment to Sustainability: Join the pledge to live a sustainably aware lifestyle and contribute to the climate change commitment banner.
—UIC Office of Sustainability: Learn about UIC’s Four Climate Commitments
—UIC School of Design Challenge: Student participants of the Design Challenge present their research and designed objects that support communities affected by natural disaster, many resulting from climate change.
—Verdant Matter plant sale
—UIC greenhouse seed-starting demo
—UIC College of Applied Health Sciences demo on seed saving
—Silk Screening: Carry your climate change pledge on your clothing or bag. Provided t-shirts and live silk-screening instruction.
—Window planter building activity
—Chicago Water Reclamation District tree seedling distribution
—Poetry Foundation & Poetry Magazine Workshop, 1-2pm
All experience levels are welcome to a discussion and creative writing workshop led by Poetry Foundation Library Coordinator Maggie Queeney.
—In celebration of “Garden for a Changing Climate”, participants read and discuss a wide range of ecopoems, a species of nature poetry that explores the interactions and intersections between culture, social justice, and the environment. Participants are guided through composing original ecopoems.
Earth Day Sustainability Fair co-organized by UIC students: Gavin Fox, Lorena Hernandez, Alexandra Hohnsen, Erin Hudson, Matthew Insalata.