Monthly Newsletter
April 2020
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day
April 22, 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day, a global celebration of our planet. Learning about environmental challenges and taking action to solve them has never been more relevant than it is today. Earth Day is about more than just planting trees or pledging to recycle. It’s about connecting with one another to improve the wellbeing of our planet and everyone who lives on it. In the face of global climate change and global health crises, we can all work together to build stronger, more resilient communities. This April, we invite you to engage with our Earth and its inhabitants in whatever ways that you can.
Illustration by Avigail Gilad '22
Cultivate Healthy and Resilient Habitats
Cultivate Healthy and Resilient Habitats is one of seven actions areas outlined in Princeton University’s  Sustainability Action Plan , which was released in April 2019. The university seeks to regenerate representative native habitats in its campus planning, with immediate emphasis on its forests, while using new strategies to invite the campus and broader community to engage more with nature. In this new video, Shana Weber, director of the Office of Sustainability, discusses how paying closer attention to nature has benefited her own life, and new research that suggests time in nature can improve everything from mood to academic performance.
Take a Virtual Walk Through Princeton's Campus in Bloom
In Partnership with Counseling and Psychological Services, we are hosting two Virtual Nature Walks on  April 17  and  April 24 led by Alexandra Crowley, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. During these walks we will connect to nature together, even if only virtually. The walks will be live streamed over Zoom video conference. To participate, you must pre-register for each walk.
Stay Connected While Social Distancing
Earth Month Nature Scavenger Hunt
To celebrate Earth Month, we have teamed up with the town nonprofit  Sustainable Princeton  to create a series of weekly Nature Scavenger Hunts and we hope you will join us. Our first week Plants of Princeton   was quite the success, with more than 150 different plant species identified in our area! Thanks to all for participating! 

To participate, create an account with iNaturalist and join any of the remaining projects:

Insects & Spiders: April 11 - April 18
Frogs & Turtles: April 18- April 25
Birds & Mammals: April 25 - May 2

Throughout each week use the iNaturalist app to make an observation, or take a picture to upload later. You can also email your photos to sustain@princeton.edu   to be featured on social media. When participating, please be sure to maintain social distancing guidelines. County and state parks are now closed, but several municipal parks remain open. Check with your local municipality before venturing out!
Earth Day Art Mural Contest
This year for Earth Day, we are partnering with PICASSO (Princeton Inter-Communal Arts Students Service Organization) to host a mural contest for the Eco-Lounge, a new Frist student space hosted by the Office of Sustainability. Since this space will be for students, we want the mural to be by students!

Students can choose to work collaboratively on mural projects or create individual works of art that address the prompt: 
What does Climate Action look like at Princeton University? What do we hope to accomplish in the next 50 years?

Submissions can range from sketch to full design. Dimensions for the space are approximately 10’ x 10’.  Let your imagination and creativity go wild! Send your submissions to  ln2@princeton.edu by Saturday, April 18 at midnight. The winner(s) will be announced on Earth Day, April 22 and will work with designers in PICASSO to see their vision achieved.

We will provide more information about how the larger community can be involved in the painting of the mural in the fall semester!
Earth Month Bingo
Engage in eco-friendly activities all month long by completing this Bingo board. Make sure you're following us on Instagram @tigersgoreen as our EcoReps  will be sharing tips related to each activity. Share your actions through photos/videos using   #PUEarthMonth2020   and tag us to be featured. Fill your board for the chance to win a zero waste kit!
Welcome Mend to Instagram!
With the switch to virtual events, our Mend student group has launched an Instagram account: @Tigers_Who_Mend
Mend's mission is to encourage sustainable attitudes and reduce waste surrounding clothing and fashion through teaching Princeton University community members how to repair, reuse and upcycle clothing.

Follow them to see some of their favorite tips and tricks on how to repair your clothes and make them last longer! Use #tigerswhomend or send them your sewing or mending projects to be featured!
Campus as Lab Video Premiere
Composted: The Journey of a Food Scrap
Follow the journey of campus food scraps as they travel from kitchens in Frist Campus Center to the University's onsite S.C.R.A.P. Lab .
Virtual Events Hosted by Princeton
Wednesday, April 15
12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. EST
Open to all, visit the event page for zoom information

Thursday, April 16
12:00 p.m. EST

Friday, April 17
3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST

April 18 to April 25

Tuesday, April 21
7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. EST

Friday, April 24
4:30 p.m. EST

Friday, April 24
3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST

April 25 to May 2
Global Virtual Events
April 22-2 6, 2020
March for Science will convene a virtual international civic forum with curated panels and interactive participation, in the spirit of the first Earth Day teach-ins. 

Wednesday, April 22
Earth Day Network is coordinating a global digital mobilization that drives actions big and small, gives diverse voices a platform and demands bold action for people and the planet. Over the 24 hours of Earth Day, EARTHRISE will include global conversations, calls to action, performances, video teach-ins and more.

The Sustainable Development Solutions Network is hosting a 24-hour webinar event on Earth Day to explore the Sustainable Development Goals through the lens of well-being and happiness.