March 20, 2017

A myriad of events are planned during EarthMonth@OU2017, the University of Oklahoma’s second annual celebration of Earth Month®. Normally celebrated during the month of April and associated with Earth Day, April 22, the university celebrates EarthMonth@OU during the 30 days between World Water Day (March 22) and Earth Day (April 22).

EarthMonth@OU consists of a series of complimentary campus and public events focused on local and global environmental concerns, particularly with respect to sustainability, and is sponsored by members of OU’s Environmental Portfolio and others.

Highlighted events this year include a distinguished speaker series on human-environment interactions, including members of the U.S. National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine, as well as 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 OUr Earth.

EarthMonth@OU2017 will culminate this year with a Responsibility and Sustainability Fair and an electric car “ride and drive” event.

The aim of the observance is to bring the university and the greater Oklahoma community together with leading professionals and experts in the sciences, social sciences and humanities to discuss pressing environmental issues. Furthermore, organizers hope to heighten awareness, provide essential information and highlight OU’s crucial role in environmental stewardship.

The kickoff begins with the EarthMonth@OU Distinguished Speaker Series on March 20 featuring world-renowned expert, innovator and communicator on water and climate issues Peter Gleick of the Pacific Institute & National Academy of Sciences.

All EarthMonth@OU2017 events will take place on the OU Norman campus. Further details can found on the EarthMonth@OU2017 website, http://cas.ou.edu/earthmonthatou.