Earth Month activities will help make the campus greener

Earth Month
Thursday, March 29, 2018

A tree planting, the spring Campus Cleanup and an Earth Day Festival are just some of the activities planned by UNC Charlotte’s Sustainability Office to encourage the University community be become more aware of and involved in environmental issues.

"Throughout the year, our students and staff are incredibly active in giving back to our community,” said Tyler Sytsma, University sustainability coordinator. “The people of UNC Charlotte are always eager to make a positive impact. Earth Month provides opportunities to get your hands dirty, continue with our high standard of service and discover new ways to get involved.”

The springtime tradition of a large-scale campus tree planting continues from 9 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 4, at Davis Pond (the area behind Memorial Hall). The newly re-engineered Davis Lake is in need of new trees as construction altered its landscaping. Students, staff and faculty are welcome to volunteer and make a lasting impact for the campus to enjoy for decades. No previous tree planting experience is necessary; a staff of trained professionals will be on hand to assist volunteers on the proper way to plant these various trees.

This semester’s Campus Cleanup will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 11. Students, faculty and staff can visit one of three stations (Motorsports Lab, McMillian Greenhouse and South Village) to volunteer. Bags, gloves and other supplies will be provided. Chancellor Philip L. Dubois has authorized 90 minutes of release time for every employee to participate in the campus tree planting and/or the campus cleanup. 

In support of Earth Day, which has been observed for 48 years, UNC Charlotte will host its annual Earth Day Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 18, on the CHHS Plaza. The festival brings together student organizations, campus entities, nonprofits and individuals who are involved in increasing environmental awareness. Attendees can gather more information about opportunities to get involved.

Email Sytsma at for more information about Earth Month events.