Current Projects

Earth Month 2024


Specialty Recycling Collection Event at the Campus Center and Lexington Building

Monday, April 1 - Tuesday, April 30

Recycle books, alkaline batteries, ink/toner cartridges, electronics, and plastic bags & film in designated bins in the Lobbies of the SMC Campus Center and 620 W Lexington St Building.

Alkaline Batteries: AAA, AA, C, D, 9-Volt

Electronics: computers, laptops, servers, monitors, printers, keyboards, mice, switches, routers, wire, cell phones, tablets, communication equipment

Books: hardcover and softcover

Toner/Ink Cartridges: laser and inkjet printer cartridges

Plastic Bags & Film: shopping bags, produce bags, ziploc bags, bread bags, cereal bags, bubble wrap, plastic overwrap, air pillows

Wellness Fair at the Campus Center

Monday, April 1 from 10am - 2pm

The fair is comprised of more than 50 vendors, student leaders, campus partners, and community organizations who come together to share a wealth of resources designed to help attendees prioritize their physical, mental, and emotional wellness. 

Join the Office of Sustainability for a live cooking demo (and sampling) of a delicious plant-based recipe. Learn how easy, affordable, and delicious plant-based cooking can be. Limit of 5 people per session.

**Special note: The recipe will contain peanuts. Individuals with nut allergies are not encouraged to register. 

SMC Campus Center, 1st floor Café Kitchen, 1:00 and 1:15 p.m. Register here for the 1:00 p.m. session. Register here for the 1:15 p.m. session.

Meet the Founder: Chris Amendola of foraged

Wednesday, April 3 from 12pm - 1pm

Join The Grid and Office of Sustainability as we welcome Chris Amendola, chef and owner of foraged, a local, hyper-seasonal restaurant focused on natural flavors and local ingredients. With a modern American cooking style, Chef Chris Amendola delivers a unique, memorable journey through the seasons for foraged diners, setting the stage for an unparalleled culinary experience.

This event is in-person at The Grid (HSHSL, 3rd Floor). Refreshments will be served.

Click here to register for the event.

Plant Bliss Food Fair 

Wednesday, April 3 from 4pm - 5:30pm

Please join the Office of Community Engagement (OCE) for a Vegan Happy Hour and Food Fair at 801 W. Baltimore St (Invent and Advance Rooms)! This event is an opportunity for small, locally owned businesses to show institutional and individual consumers food options available to them for catering, delivery, and/or near-campus dining. It’s also an opportunity for vendors to sample products from Plant Bliss, a Black woman-owned business based in Pigtown that specializes in sauces and spreads that make it easy and affordable to integrate vegan options into their menus.

Register here

Campus Cleanup

Tuesday, April 9 from 10am - 2pm

Join the Office of Sustainability, Environmental Services, and Staff Senate for a trash cleanup of campus to #KeepUMBBeautiful! Drop by our basecamp at the main entrance of HSFIII at the beginning of your shift to check in and get supplies. You will be assigned to help clean a specific zone of campus during your shift(s). Swing back by basecamp at the end of your shift(s) to drop off your full trash bags. Basecamp will be located at the main entrance to HSF3 (670 W Baltimore St).

For more information and to register, visit: 


Friday, April 12 from 12pm - 3pm

Join ECO for the 2nd annual ECO-Fest, their spring annual Earth Day celebration, outside of HSF3. This event's purpose is to connect and engage students in environmental opportunities and sustainable actions. This event is hoping to generate greater visibility to the interconnections between the climate crisis, our personal lives, and our aspiring professions. Co-Sponsored by the USGA.

For the Plant/Book/Clothing Swaps, please feel free to bring any of the following gently used items you'd like to get rid of:
- Plant supplies, cuttings, pots, etc.
- Books of any kind
- Clothing of any kind (please no undergarments)

Pre-registration is not required but preferred. Anyone pre-registered by April 5th will be entered into a drawing for a B.Willow Plant Care gift bag. Register for the event here.

Bike Tune-Ups with Joe's Bike Shop

Wednesday, April 17 from 11am - 2pm

Come to the School of Nursing Courtyard for a free bike tune-up courtesy of Joe's Bike Shop. Approximately 30 bikes will receive tune-ups; bikes will be accepted until 1:30 p.m. or the limit is reached. This event is sponsored by GreenSON.

Earth Day 5K with URecFit and Wellness

Thursday, April 18 from 12pm-1pm

All 5k's begin at the Campus Center at 621 W Lombard St at noon. Runs are free for everyone! The theme is Earthy Attire. Register for the event here.

The Effects of Climate Change on Global Health - Implications for Maryland 

Wednesday, April 24 from 9am - 10:30am

Join our panel to learn about the latest scientific research on climate change and its impact on global health. Attendees will gain valuable insights into challenges facing Maryland and potential solutions. Breakfast included. This event will take place on the HSF3 Ground Floor, in the Symposium Room (CR1010). This event is co-hosted by the School of Medicine Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health and the Office of Sustainability. Register for the event here.

Climate Change, Health and Society Panels at UMB 

Monday, April 15 from 1pm - 3pm

Climate Stakeholders Panel 

Addressing the adverse impacts of climate change requires robust environmental policies that not only safeguard our communities but also foster a more resilient economy. Coordination across state, regional, and federal agencies is necessary to develop successful adaptation and mitigation strategies. This panel brings together experts from state and federal agencies to discuss the intersection of science and policy. 

Register for the panel here.

Monday, April 22 from 1pm - 3pm

Climate Community Panel

The Earth Day panel is sponsored by Transform Mid-Atlantic and Eastern Region Campus Consortium.

The climate crisis requires action at all levels, especially local and regional levels, to build resilience and reduce emissions. This panel brings together community leaders for a discussion of the most effective ways to promote meaningful climate action locally. Panelists will share examples of successful approaches used in Baltimore, the state of Maryland, and the college town of Cambridge, Mass., and provide some ways in which we all can work together to protect our communities. Click here to learn about the panelists.

Register for the panel here.

Monday, April 29 from 1pm - 3pm

Climate Advocacy Panel 

The panel will address ways to publicly support and advocate for change, through the lens of a variety of professions and industries that interact with legislation and policies. Join this discussion to learn from their experience and how it can inform your climate advocacy. 

Register for the panel here.


Promotional Materials

Download Earth Week Promotional Materials Here


Alignment with Strategic Plan:

Education and Engagement: Create and maintain a constant communication flow with the entire campus community regarding sustainability. Communicate to the campus on a regular basis with initiatives and tips to keep sustainability a part of the UMB culture.