Sustainability Events

The Office of Sustainability hosts events throughout the year that bring students, faculty, staff, and community members together.

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Date: Saturday, March 21
Time: TBD
Location: Fort Reno Park, Washington, D.C.
*Volunteer and registration information coming soon.*

Volunteer to plant trees in Fort Reno Park, located just north of the Tenleytown Metro Station. This event is hosted by local nonprofit Casey Trees, with support from American University.


Earth Month 2020 Events

Solve Climate by 2030: Webinar & Community Discussion

Date: Tuesday, April 7
Time: 7 – 9 p.m.
Location: Butler Boardroom

AU is hosting a national webinar on climate action: Solve Climate by 2030. University and high school students across the nation will tune into 52 simultaneous, state-wide webinars on how ambitious local action can put us on the way to solving climate change by 2030. Join us for the hour-long webinar and stay for a facilitated discussion. Organized by the Office of Sustainability and AU Environmental Science.

27th Annual Campus Beautification Day

Date: Tuesday, April 14
Time: TBD
Location: Main Campus
*Volunteer and registration information coming soon.*

Hosted by Facilities Management, this annual event features hands-on projects and volunteer opportunities to beautify our campus. All members of the campus community are invited to participate.

Lunch n’ Learn: Everyday Biking with WABA (Washington Area Bicyclist Association)

Date: Wednesday, April 14
Time: 12 – 1 p.m.
Location: Room 5, Mary Graydon Center
*Registration information coming soon.*

Learn the basics of how to safely and easily incorporate biking into your daily life. Participants will receive a Safe Cycling guide, local bike map, and an opportunity to take a free WABA city cycling class. Lunch will be provided. Space is limited and registration required; all members of the campus community are welcome to attend. 

Global to Local Series: Climate Justice

Date: Tuesday, April 21
Time: 2:30 - 4:00 p.m., with reception to follow
Location: Abramson Founders Room, SIS
*Registration information coming soon.*

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day, join us for a panel discussion centered around environmental justice. School of International Service faculty member Professor Malini Ranganathan will moderate. Co-sponsored by the School of International Service and the Office of Sustainability, with support from an Inclusive Excellence Mini-Grant.

PBS FRONTLINE Presents: Plastic Wars

Date: Wednesday, April 22
Time: 6:30 - 8:00 p.m., with reception to follow
Location: Doyle-Forman Theater, McKinley Building
*Registration information coming soon.*

Join us for a screening and discussion with the producers of Plastic Wars, a FRONTLINE and NPR investigation, co-produced with AU's Investigative Reporting Workshop. The film examines the fight over the future of plastics and asks: Did the plastic industry use recycling to sell more plastic? Executive Director of SOC’s Center for Environmental Filmmaking Maggie Stogner will moderate. Co-sponsored by the Investigative Reporting Workshop, Office of Sustainability, Center for Environmental Filmmaking, and the School of Communication.