What is EarthMonth@OU?
EarthMonth@OU is our annual celebration of Earth Month®. Normally celebrated during the Month of April and associated with Earth Day, we celebrate EarthMonth@OU during the thirty days between World Water Day (22 March) and Earth Day (22 April). EarthMonth@OU consists of a series of campus and public events focused on local and global environmental concerns sponsored by members of the University of Oklahoma’s Environmental Portfolio and others.
From World Water Day (March 22) through Earth Day (April 22) many campus and public events have been scheduled focusing on local and global environmental concerns. Highlighted events include a Distinguished Speaker Series on human-environment interactions, with past Distinguished Speakers that included members of the US National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine, as well as historians and creative writers who focus on environmental issues. EarthMonth@OU also included the Institute for Quality Communities' 2017 Placemaking Conference; the College of International Studies symposium on food and water activism in global Asia; the Native Crossroads Film Festival and Symposium, including a special screening of I Stand: Guardians of Water, a documentary on the Standing Rock-Dakota Access Pipeline conflict; and numerous other student events sponsored by environmentally minded student clubs, including Green Week, Sooners without Borders, and OUrEarth. EarthMonth@OU will culminate each year with a Responsibility and Sustainability Fair and an electric car ride and drive event.
Our aim is to bring the OU campus, the greater Oklahoma community, and leading professionals and experts in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities together to discuss locally and globally timely and important environmental issues, particularly as they relate to global sustainability. We hope to heighten awareness as much as possible among these diverse groups, while providing essential information and highlighting OU’s crucial role in this important endeavor, EarthMonth@OU.
These past and current events have been sponsored by members of the OU Environmental Portfolio: including the Environmental Studies Program, the College of Architecture, the College of International Studies, OU Housing and Food Services, Film and Media Studies, the Department of Native American Studies, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Carl Albert Center, the Department of Biology, the OU WaTER Center, the Sam Noble Museum, the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost, the Environmental Health and Safety Office, the School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science, the Department of Microbiology and Plant Biology, the Gallogly College of Engineering, the Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability, the Office of the Vice President for Research, the Ward Merrick Chair in Western History, the Religious Studies Program, the Oklahoma Biological Survey, the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication, the Mewbourne College of Earth & Energy, the OU Law School, the OU Price College of Business the Department of Sociology, the Department of the History of Science, the Oklahoma Water Survey, the City of Norman, Garver, the Union Programming Board, the ONE University Store & Technology Playground, the Anthropocene Group, the Sierra Club, COOP Ale Works, the Coca-Cola Company, Birds & Beans Coffee, OUr Earth, Sooners Without Borders, Green Week, Earth Rebirth and the OU Environmental Concerns Committee.
Earth Month® is a registered trademark of Brad Follett and the Earth Month Network.