April 1 may have brought tricks and pranks, but Arizona State University's plans for Earth Month are no joke.
Centered around Earth Day on April 22, which has been celebrated annually around the world for nearly the 50 years, Earth Month looks to further raise awareness for those who are still living in the dark when it comes to taking care of the planet. ASU plans to do its part over the next few weeks, sponsoring more than 20 different events through April 27.
"Earth Month has grown over the past years out of a celebration for Earth Day," said Lesley Forst, program manager at ASU's University Sustainability Practices. "This year, I'm thrilled to see new partnerships and collaborations from across the university joining in on the celebration. We are continuing to expand the celebration and demonstrate that sustainability is a university-wide value."
One of those celebrations will include the Sun Devil Baseball Green Game, which takes place at 12:30 p.m. April 22 at Phoenix Municipal Stadium.
"'Green Games' are a celebration of sustainability and sports," Forst said. "The baseball Green Game falls on Earth Day this year, so it’s a perfect day to recognize ASU's leadership and commitment to sustainability. Student groups will host a variety of sustainability-themed games, fans can test their knowledge by participating in in-game trivia and there will be some sustainability-themed giveaways."
It's a commitment Sun Devil Athletics has focused on since spring 2013. Since then, they have hosted zero-waste events for basketball, baseball, softball, soccer and other select sports.
Other events include the year-end celebration for the Green Devil Network, a group that leads the way in championing sustainability at all of ASU's campuses. The group will meet from noon to 1 p.m. April 25 at the Student Services Lawn on the Tempe campus to both network and garden with other like-minded individuals.
"The Green Devil Network was founded in 2014 as a tool to educate, connect and recognize staff, students and faculty from across the university who are actively creating a culture of sustainability," Forst said. "The program is now active on all campuses and monthly events are facilitated by University Sustainability Practices and Zero Waste. This year, in partnership with ASU Grounds, the herb garden near the student services building was dedicated to the Network as a way to recognize the work that they’ve accomplished."
For more ASU Earth Month events visit sustainability.asu.edu/earth-month or view the list below.
*Note: The location for the Borderlands Food Bank on April 21 has changed to the Tempe Public Library northwest parking lot.
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Top photo: Green Light Solutions displays a poster where students contribute "Dear Mother Earth" notes of how they will live a more sustainable lifestyle during the Student Sustainability Club Earth Day Festival on Hayden Lawn on April 19, 2017. Photo by Deanna Dent