What is EarthMonth@OU2017?

EarthMonth@OU2017 is our second annual celebration of Earth Month®. Normally celebrated during the Month of April and associated with Earth Day, 22 April, 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 March 20th, just before World Water Day (March 22, 2017) through Earth Day (April 22, 2017) 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, including members of the US National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine, and historians and creative writers who focus on environmental issues; 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@OU2017 will culminate this year with a Responsibility and Sustainability Fair in the OU Student Union Plaza and an electric car ride and drive event in the Lloyd Noble parking complex.

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@OU2017.

These events are sponsored by members of the OU Environmental Portfolio: including Environmental Studies, College of Architecture, 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 Coca-Cola Company, the Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability, the Office of the Vice President for Research, the Oklahoma Biological Survey, the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication, the Department of Sociology, the Department of the History of Science, the Sierra Club, OUr Earth, Sooners Without Borders, Green Week, and the OU Environmental Concerns Committee.

Earth Month® is a registered trademark of Brad Follett and the Earth Month Network.


“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@OU2017.”