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Earth Day Celebration Events

The Office of Sustainability is partnering up with several organizations and offices to celebrate and increase awareness about climate change and the environment. Be a part of protecting our campus and planet by participating in these several different events and initiatives around campus and in our community!

  • NEW! Green Your Office
  • NEW! Green Your Event
    • The Green Your Event program was developed to help encourage event planners and participants to implement sustainable practices into Valpo’s many events. By applying green practices at these events, whether it’s a small meeting or a hundred people, the Valpo Community can help reduce our waste, reduce the use of our valuable resources, and set an example of a sustainable future on our campus. Click here to learn more about the program and how to participate.
  • NEW! Residential Plastic Audit
    • Plastic waste is a current and ongoing threat to the environment and human health around the globe. Plastic-based pollution, which does not decompose, makes up a large portion of garbage generated locally and globally. In the US and in Porter County, the recycling rate for plastics that are recyclable is less than 10%. Help the Office of Sustainability collect important data on how much plastic is being consumed in our community. Visit our website on how to do an at home audit!
  • April 1-21st: Campus Conservation Competition
    • The residence halls will compete in a 3-week competition from April 1st through April 21nd to reduce water and electric consumption based on benchmark data taken two weeks prior to the competition. Students can earn points by reducing electric and water consumption, participating in surveys, and attending informational meetings about how to save on utilities.
  • April 19th: Plant-Based Diet
    • Join Rec Sports at 12:00 PM in the Brown and Gold Room in the Harre Union as Dee Carmichael, Registered Dietitian from Northwest Health, presents a fun and practical approach to incorporating plant-based diet practices into one’s lifestyle. Whether you’re looking to improve your eating habits by changing your diet entirely or just interested in simply reducing your consumption of animal foods, you’ll learn a lot by attending this presentation. REGISTER HERE
  • April 20th: How To Recycle
    • Visit The Office of Sustainability to learn how to recycle properly at the Harre Union Table from 9am-12pm.
  • April 21st: Plastic Bag Drop-Off
    • When life gives you plastic bags, make benches! Drop off your plastic bags and plastic wrap at the Student Mail Services. If we collect 500 pounds of plastic film we can win a TREX bench!
  • April 22nd: Campus Garden Tours
    • Interested in purchasing a garden plot at Old Campus Gardens or learning about the new herbal medicine garden? Join us at 9am, 12pm, and 3pm at 551 Greenwich Street to tour the gardens.
  • April 23rd: Northwest Indiana African American Alliance, Inc. Presents – Toxic Waste and Bad Water
  • April 25th: Valparaiso University Waste Audit
    • Mueller 140, 6-7pm. Office of Sustainability Interns Rachel Painter and Tyler Kuss will present the methodology and data results from our on-campus waste audit. Receive a reusable water bottle or reusable bag to help combat single-use plastic. This event is also CORE APPROVED.
  • April 29th: Arbor Day
    • Help Valparaiso University in its 4 years of being a Tree Campus Higher Education member. Take a stroll around campus to read about the different types of trees we have on campus.
  • April 29th: Eco-pedagogy Workshop
    • Helge Center Multipurpose Room, 4-6pm. Teaching Resilience and Sustainability in the Anthropocene: An Interdisciplinary Eco-pedagogy workshop. The first hour of this workshop will feature Laurie Eberhardt as she speaks about microplastics and its impact on organisms, and Dan Perkins on regenerative agriculture. Followed at 5pm by a faculty workshop on interdisciplinary activities for eco-pedagogy learning. Sponsored by the Valparaiso Institute for Teaching and Learning. REGISTER HERE
  • April 30th: Beach Clean-Up at Indiana Dunes State Park
    • 9am. Free entry to state park if you are participating in the beach clean-up.
  • April 30th: Porter County Recycling and Waste Reduction’s Earth Day Celebration
    • Porter County Expo Center, 9am-1pm. Celebrate Earth Day by visiting with over 50 vendors who will educate and bring awareness of environmental topics, and come witness the Silly Safaris Animal Show. Visit the Office of Sustainability table to learn how to do an at-home plastic audit and to learn about the global issue of single-use plastics.

Green Valpo : Earth Day Issue

Let’s celebrate Earth Day, Virtually!

Click here to check out our special Earth Day Magazine.