St. Thomas Celebrates Earth Week April 16-22 With Will Steger, Paul Douglas and More

Celebrate the planet during Earth Week, Monday, April 16 through Friday, April 20, at the University St. Thomas. Fun activities and informative events are planned beginning April 14 and continuing through April 22, including games, giveaways, prizes, a scavenger hunt, free bike tune-ups and music.

Earth Week schedule:

April 12
7 p.m.
The film "Tapped" will be shown in Room 126, the auditorium for the John R. Roach Center for the Liberal Arts. Sponsored by the Green Team.

April 14

10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Mississippi River Cleanup. Meet at the World War I monument on Summit Avenue and Mississippi River Boulevard.

April 16

All day
UST green research posters will be displayed in Anderson Student Center.

3-6 p.m.
Bring your bike to Anderson Student Center Plaza from for a free B.E.A.S.T. “lubeotomy” (bike tune-up).

8 p.m.
Will Steger UST Lecture Series lecture, Woulfe Alumni Hall.

April 17

9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
All UST students are invited to join Great River Greening and plant a tree at Fish Creek Natural Areas Greenway in Maplewood, Minn. Funded by the UST Campus Sustainability Fund to restore Oak Woodlands at Fish Creek. Contact Paul Lorah,  (651) 962-5566, or Simon Emms, (651) 962-5228, for more information.

Convo hour (noon-1 p.m.):

  • LEED tours of the Anderson Student Center. Learn how ASC became a Silver LEED-certified building.
  • The Green Team will host at least six tables on ASC Plaza, including HourCar, the UST Stewardship Garden, Union Park, Nice Ride, Metro Transit and B.E.A.S.T. Stop by The Green Team’s table and sign a thank you card to Father Dennis Dease and the St. Thomas administration for their efforts and continued support in protecting the university’s last piece of green space, located on St. Paul’s south campus. The team will give away planting seeds and other prizes.
  • Undergraduate Student Government will hand out USG water bottles at their table. Stop by to meet your newly elected representatives.
  • Members of St. Thomas’ Show’d Up Band will perform acoustic music.

April 18

Paul Douglas

7:30 p.m.
BBC documentary “Meet the Climate Skeptics” will be screened for the first time in the United States, 3M Auditorium (Room 150), Owens Science Hall.

Local meteorologist and co-founder of WeatherNation Television Paul Douglas will speak; Dr. John Abraham, School of Engineering, who appears in the film, will moderate. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Green Team.

April 19

Convo hour (noon-1 p.m.):
Representatives from USG will hand out free bottles on ASC Plaza. Stop by and introduce yourself to your newly elected representatives.

3-6 p.m.
B.E.A.S.T. again will be on ASC Plaza giving free lubeotomies
7 p.m.
B.E.A.S.T.-sponsored Open Shop Party and music.

April 20

3 p.m.
B.E.A.S.T. will host its annual Earth Week ride with bike builders and local celebrities. Meet on ASC Plaza.

5 p.m.

Mason Jennings

Mason Jennings

Bamboo bike-builder presentation also on the plaza. Sponsored by B.E.A.S.T.

8 p.m.
Mason Jennings and Haley Bonar performance, Woulfe Alumni Hall. Tickets are free for UST students. One hundred $5 guest tickets also will be available for purchase at Tommie Central in ASC. This is a private concert, and no general public tickets will be sold.

April 21

10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Union Park District Council and UST Green Team present "Composting! Discounted Earth Machine," a compost bins sale and training, held at the Stewardship Garden, for neighbors and the St. Thomas community.

April 22, Earth Day

“Celebrate Green Space” with the Green Team and Students for Justice and Peace at the UST Stewardship Garden, located behind Brady Educational Center on the St. Paul campus’ south campus near the corner of Woodlawn and Goodrich Avenues.

A listing of the events with updates is on the Sustainability at UST website.