Monthly Newsletter
May 2020
Thank You for Celebrating Earth Month!
Even though we weren't able to celebrate Earth Month together on campus, the Princeton University community came together virtually to share the ways they take action every day. From plant-based meals to virtual events, blooming gardens to DIY fashion, reusables, tree-hugging, and everything in between, thank you for joining us in the global celebration of our planet and the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day.
Announcing the winners of the Earth Day Mural Art Contest!
Congratulations to the winners of the Earth Day Art Mural Contest!

Emma Mohrmann '24
Anagha Rajagopalan '23
Sunita Srivatsan '21
Audrey Yan '22
(images from left to right)

The winners will work with PICASSO and the Office of Sustainability to refine their designs for the Eco-Lounge, a new Frist student space hosted by the Office of Sustainability. We will provide more information about how the larger community can be involved in the painting of the mural in the future!
'We Roar' Podcast: Rethinking Earth Day Amid COVID-19: A Different Silent Spring
In honor of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day,  the latest episode of “We Roar ,” a podcast featuring Princetonian’s voices on the COVID-19 pandemic, highlights reflections by  Shana Weber , Princeton’s director of sustainability.
On 50th anniversary of Earth Day, students connect with natural world in time of pandemic
Students in the class “Investigating an Ethos of Sustainability at Princeton,” taught by Shana Weber, direc tor of the Office of Sustainability and lecturer with the  Princeton Environmental Institute  are connecting with the natural world – observing how non-human sounds are emergent in this other kind of “ silent spring.” Read blog posts from students in the class about how they are experiencing nature in the time of pandemic and what this new awareness brings.
Take a Virtual Visit to Lake Carnegie
Video by Jared Flesher
News and Announcements
Gardening at home sows emotional well-being
As civic leaders and urban planners work to make cities more sustainable and livable by investing in outdoor spaces and recreational activities such as biking and walking, Princeton researchers have identified the benefit of an activity largely overlooked by policymakers — home gardening.
Princeton students receive Udall Scholarships to study Native American, environmental issues
Sophomores Jessica Lambert and Claire Wayner were named 2020 Undergraduate Scholars by the Udall Foundation. Jessica, an anthropology major and citizen of the Choctaw Nation, wants to help establish tribal laws and agencies that protect and clean up Native American land. Claire, a civil and environmental engineering major, is driven by climate change to develop and implement policies that decarbonize the global energy supply.
Princeton Sustainability Committee Year-in-Review
During the 2019-2020 academic year, the  Princeton Sustainability Committee  took a deep dive into each action area of the  Sustainability Action Plan . Each month's meeting featured guest presenter(s) and discussion. A big thank you to our co-chair Forrest Meggers, Assistant Professor, School of Architecture and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment. 
Congratulations to the Class of 2020!
Stay Connected While Social Distancing
May is STILL National Bike Month
While we may not be celebrating national Bike-to-Work Day this May (which has officially been moved to this coming September), May is still National Bike Month. Many of the things we love about biking to work – getting out of the house, exercise and fresh air, and feeling refreshed - are just as critical if not more while we work from home.
We encourage you get out and ride, to check out resources on Transportation and Parking Services website on biking in the time of COVID.

Pledge to ride your bike at least once during the month of May and help support local food banks! For every pledge, photo, and story , the transportation management associations (TMAs) serving central New Jersey will donate food to one of the food pantries in the area.

Post a photo from your ride & tag @PrincetonTTPS on Twitter, @TigersGoGreen on Twitter and Instagram, and #PrincetonBikesTogether and we'll share on social media!
Tigers Helping
From the frontlines to the homefront, Princeton alumni, faculty, staff and students are serving and supporting their communities and fellow Tigers amid the challenges of COVID-19.

Share your efforts, large and small, using  #TigersHelping on social media, and by following @princetonalumni on  Facebook Twitter  and  Instagram . You can also send stories to
Photo credit: Nicole Bergman, Manager of the Fung Global Fellows Program found this Trout Lily on a forest walk
Sustainability and COVID-19
In light of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, we've compiled some resources to help navigate the stress and anxiety that you may be experiencing.  Thanks to the Sustainability Staff Ambassadors for contributing to this resource guide.

Access the latest University updates, guidance and policies related to the COVID-19 pandemic.