Earth Day UW

The central UW Earth Day celebration, organized by the UW Sustainability Action Network in collaboration with UW Sustainability, will take place April 20 on Red Square. The theme for this year's Earth Day is "Planting the seeds for a sustainable future."

The UW Earth Day celebrations bring students, faculty, staff and community members together to celebrate the environmental stewardship and sustainability efforts across our UW campuses. Groups can share information about their mission, educate others about their area of environmental focus, and encourage others to get involved.

During the event, exhibitors - including student groups, academic units and community partners - will be on Red Square along with music, speakers, sustainable food samples and more.

Earth Week events

Many UW groups are also organizing events related to Earth Day. We will be updating this list as more event details are finalized.

April 4

Global Leadership Summit
Anthony's Forum in Dempsey Hall, 5:30-8 p.m.

Join fellow students and community members for a night of collaborative case studies and discussions spanning different cultures and industries in order to develop your skills as a positive changemaker. 

There will be a keynote speaker, catered reception, and two rounds of workshops led by representatives from Microsoft, the European Commission, Evans School of Public Policy, PATH, DowDuPont, Seattle U, UW Office of Sustainability, UW CoMotion, and more. This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP at

The summit is hosted by the Global Business Center in partnership with the Certificate of International Studies in Business (CISB), UW Sustainability, ReThink UW, and Net Impact UW.

April 19

Union Bay Natural Area restoration work party
Meet at tool cage behind Merrill Hall, 10 a.m.

Join the UW Botanic Gardens for some good ol' fun in the dirt and learn about the Union Bay Natural Area and ecological restoration! Everyone is welcome and no experience is needed. Gloves, tools, and snacks are provided for all volunteers! Remember to bring water and wear sturdy shoes and clothes that can get dirty. We will work, rain or shine! Meet at the tool cage behind Merrill Hall at the Center for Urban Horticulture (The tool cage is next to the lower parking area on the west side of the building). If you are late text Joanna Long at (206) 949-6263 to find out where we are working that day.