University preps for Earth Day celebrations

Free food, engaging exhibits and lots of helpful volunteers will be on-hand at both Stagg Field and the William Eckhardt Research Center to guide participants through the various activities. While active planning is underway, Earth Day 2017 at UChicago is defined by three zero-waste events, designed to divert waste (food and material) from landfills through resource reduction, recovery and reuse. They are:

  • Zero-Waste Athletics Event  UChicago’s first-ever daylong Zero-Waste Athletics Event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the first day of the two-day University Athletic Association’s Outdoor Track and Field Conference Championship Meet. Supported by UChicago’s Campus as a Lab Initiative, this event is the culmination of a year-long Environmental Studies student research project on ways to reduce waste generation and recover material for beneficial reuse. Through an application to collegiate sports and athletics, the event is designed to emphasize the connections of sports and the environment, as frameworks for promoting community engagement.
  • Earth Fest  The University’s Office of Sustainability will host Earth Fest in the glass-enclosed north lobby of the newly-opened William Eckhardt Research Center (just southeast of Stagg Field) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Earth Fest is the University’s premiere event showcasing sustainable organizations, programs, and initiatives from the UChicago campus the local community, and Chicago. Earth Fest provides a fun, engaging experience for participants to learn more about sustainability initiatives and promote consideration of sustainability in everyday life. Healthy, sustainably-focused food will be provided.
  • Earth Fest Keynote Speaker  The Frizzell Memorial Series will sponsor the keynote speaker for Earth Fest. This year’s speaker is Sam Kass (AB’04, Lab’98), a food entrepreneur, former White House Chef, and Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition for President Barack Obama. He is also the founder of TROVE and a partner in Acre Venture Partners.

For information, email We look forward to seeing you there!

Sponsored by
Bon Appétit
Campus Athletics and Recreation
Campus and Student Life
Environment, Agriculture and Food Group
Facilities Services
Frizzell Memorial Series
Institute for Molecular Engineering
Institute of Politics
Office of Civic Engagement
Office of Sustainability
Office of the Provost
Program on the Global Environment
The College
UChicago Dining
University Community Service Center
UChicago Laboratory Schools