Beginning 2014, UC Berkeley's annual Earth Week will be coordinated by the Student Environmental Resource Center. Details can be found here.
Project Leads: Katherine Brittain, Jonah Lipsitt, Mandy Jones, Jasmine Tuadi, Michelle Lowe, Michelle Choi, Monica Barin, Meredith Jacobson, Judy Li
Sponsor: ASUC Sustainability Team
TGIF Grant: $10,000; $2,000 each year for 5 years (2009-2013)
Project Theme: Education & Behavior Change
2008 Application Submission
Status: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 Complete; 2014 Update: Earth Week will now be coordinated annually by the Student Environmental Resource Center.
Project Description: Earth Week will be held each year at UC Berkeley during the week of Earth Day, April 22nd. STeam will plan a week to unite faculty, staff, students, Bay Area organizations, and other environmentally conscious groups and individuals in environmental education, inspiring activism, encouraging changes in habits, and promoting environmentalism.
Goals: Educate the UC Berkeley campus about environmentalism and promote personal life changes to reduce people's individual environmental footprints. Present our Earth Week activities at the annual CACS Sustainability Summit's poster session. Bring together Bay Area environmentally conscious businesses and UC Berkeley students. Advertise Earth Week's events and report attendance and event feedback to TGIF and the UC Berkeley community. Estimate the amount of attendees at Earth Week events. Estimate the impacts of event hand-outs like CFL's, organic clothing and food.
TGIF Blog Posts about Earth Week
Earthweek 2009, which took place April 20th – 24th, had three goals: to create events and displays that would attract and educate students on campus who were not active in the environmental movement, provide resources for students already interested in sustainability, and create an atmosphere where the Berkeley community could celebrate the achievements of the environmental movement thus far. Events with big draws included the Memorial Glade picnic where students could learn about and sample sustainable foods, Professor Dan Kammen's Lecture on Obama's Energy Policy, a workshop about worm-composting, and the BAM/PFA "sustainability party" for the opening of the Human/Nature display. One of the biggest successes for the week was the Memorial Victory Garden, established between Evans Hall and Memorial Glade, which has drawn a significant amount of attention due to its visibility.
2009 Final Report
Organized by the ASUC's Sustainability Team (STeam), Earthweek 2010 (April 17th – 24th) was celebrated with a variety of events including concerts, art installations, and film screenings. STeam organized and coordinated with other student groups on campus to bring almost fifteen distinct events prior to and during the event. For instance, a publicity tour for the Disney movie Oceans came to UC Berkeley to screen the movie the day before the actual release and to help coordinate a concert with the Cold War Kids and an art installation with sea creates on Upper Sproul. Other more traditional Earthweek events such as the Strawberry Creek Clean-up and the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Sustainability (CACS) Summit were held as well. Next year the Earthweek committee hopes to build on the successes of this year's event and continue to improve marketing efforts to create awareness in the campus community about sustainability.
2010 Final Report
2010 Earth Week Calendar
STeam Earth Week completed another successful week of activities and educational outreach for 2011, including