Celebrating Earth Week

Author: Caitlin Jacobs

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In celebration of Earth Day, all Notre Dame community members across the globe are invited to pray, learn, and act for the Care of our Common Home. From April 19 - 23 2022, daily events will provide an opportunity to participate in campus sustainability work, learn from local partners, get outside, and join the ever-growing conversation about environmental stewardship at Notre Dame.

Earth Week 2022 is a collaborative effort of many groups, including the Center for Social Concerns, Notre Dame International, the Minor in Sustainability, Campus Ministry, the Environmental Change Initiative, the City of South Bend, the Office of Sustainability, the Center for Civic Innovation, ND Energy, GreeND, Student Government, Graduate Student Government, the McDonald Center for Student Well-Being, and many other friends and colleagues across campus.  


Tuesday, April 19

Climate Action Accelerator

B107 Jenkins Nanovic 

5:30 - 7:00 PM

All Notre Dame community members are invited to join the City of South Bend for a special, interactive climate action planning exercise. Participants will share ideas and concerns, propose and exchange solutions, and vote on the best solutions for climate action. The City will review proposals and offer guidance in weighting ideas so that voting considers a balanced approach to climate issues. Learn about the unique climate risks our region faces, interconnected social and economic challenges, and work as a team to propose solutions for our broader community. This process will also assist the City as they prepare for a broader implementation of this planning model. Light dinner of pizza and beverages will be provided. RSVPs are requested and available at this link. 


Wednesday, April 20

Global Day of Action

Time varies; happening at Notre Dame International sites and select campus residence halls

To celebrate Earth Day, members of the Notre Dame community around the globe will be responding to Laudato Si's call to care for our common home with local action. Please join Notre Dame faculty, staff, and students studying in Dublin, Galway, London, Jerusalem, Mexico, Rome, Santiago, São Paulo, Hong Kong and Mumbai with a local service project, sustainability conversation with friends or colleagues, reading group, or prayer service. However you participate, be sure to share on social media by tagging @ndinternational or using #NDEarthDay. 

Global Day of Action is sponsored by Notre Dame International, Office of Sustainability, Campus Ministry, Center for Social Concerns, and the Minor in Sustainability. 


Thursday, April 21 

Sustainable Style Swap (Please note: This event has been canceled)

Sorin Room of LaFun

1:00-6:00 PM

Need to do some spring cleaning to your closet? The Student Government Department of Sustainability is hosting a clothing swap to get everyone on campus involved in cleaning out their closets and buying some fun, new spring styles! There will be collection boxes in every dorm and residents will be welcome to donate their unwanted, clean clothing. Then, on the day of the event, students can come and buy new-to-you clothes in LaFun. You can pay in cash or bring items to exchange! Proceeds benefit the Center for the Homeless. 

 Ways to Shop:

Donate: “Donate one item at the box in your hall lobby, record your name/email, and get one item at the sale”

Buy: “Items at the sale will be priced between $1-$5”


Evening with the Eagles 

St. Patrick’s Park ND LEEF Pavilion


Since 2015, a pair of bald eagles has nested and raised their eaglets in a nest near the ND-LEEF Pavilion in St. Patrick’s Park. This Earth Week, the Environmental Change Initiative invites members of the Notre Dame community to join for a closer look at these magnificent birds. Spotting scopes, information on the eagles and ND LEEF’s research, guided tours, informal hikes, and a bonfire will be available. Chipotle will be provided. Carpooling is available first come first serve, don’t let not having a car stop you from coming! RSVPs are required and available at this link. 


Friday, April 22


Sustainability Fest

South Quad, near O'Shaughnessy

RAIN LOCATION: LaFortune Ballroom

4 - 6 PM

Join GreeND in celebrating Earth Day and learn how to get involved in sustainability on campus with tables from many campus partners including McWell, the Office of Sustainability, the ND Energy Smoothie Bike, prizes, and more. 

Sponsored by GreeND.


Saturday, April 23

Mass for the Care of Creation

Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes

9:30 – 10:30 AM

Presided by Fr. Terry Erhman, C.S.C, all are welcome to join for this beautiful outdoor service where we will pray together for our Common Home, those disproportionately impacted by a changing world, and each of our roles in building a more sustainable future.


Earth Day Service Blitz

Campus Lakes (meet at the Grotto)

10:30 AM

Make a positive impact on our campus ecosystem by participating in the annual Earth Day Service Blitz. Projects will include an invasive species round up, attaching new educational tags to campus drains, pollinator garden maintenance, and a trash removal. Please bring your reusable water bottle, and wear long pants and shoes that can get dirty. RSVP here to help the organizers.