Events: Every Day is Earth Day

Sustainability at University of Richmond is exhibited in the everyday lives of faculty, staff, and students, as well as in events that bring our community together.

Each year, the University participates in the RVA Environmental Film Festival, showing films that are free and open to the public in this city-wide event. During International Education Week in the fall, members of the campus community can adopt individual actions while learning about global sustainability through an online Ecochallenge. In the spring, the Office for Sustainability hosts a dinner honoring members of the campus community for their efforts supporting sustainability at University of Richmond. At the end of each spring semester, the University puts on the Big Yard Sale to benefit the Falls of the James Sierra Club. These are just a few annual events that support the University’s priority of environmental stewardship

In addition to exploring annual events through these pages, you can also look over some green event tips that we've put together for you. No matter what kind of event you're hosting, we want it to be more sustainable.

Spring 2023 Events

The list below is a repository sustainability-related events happening this semester. Is your department or club hosting an event related to sustainability, the environment, or social justice? Please let us know if you would like to add it to this list.

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  • January 19: Leadership Lessons Learned: Finding Our Way on the Heels of Failure

    Video Recording of Event

    Breed Pavillion, Queally Center for Admissions and Career Services
    January 19, 2023 at 7:00pm

    Sponsored by the Jepson Leadership Forum

    Registration is required, register here

    Learn more

  • January 26: Climate Change at UR Course Module Presentation

    Zoom
    January 26, 2023 at 11:00am

    Sponsored by the Office for Sustainability

    RSVP here

    In the pursuit of integrating sustainability across the curriculum, the Office for Sustainability has been developing course modules for the purpose of providing foundational education in sustainability, climate change, and environmental justice. Daniel Hart, Associate Director of Sustainability and Environmental Justice, will be hosting a few sessions in January to test run and present on the following topics, and if interested, you are invited to attend to provide feedback so that we can make these offerings as meaningful as possible for your courses.  We offer guest lecturing in the topics listed above and are happy to come into your class and present. If this is of interest to you, please feel free to reach out to Daniel Hart at dhart@richmond.edu, and we will tailor the content to your discipline and course!

  • February 2: Methane Mapping Methods for the Climate Emergency Presentation

    Robins School of Business, Room C114 or on Zoom
    February 2, 2023 at Noon

    Sponsored by the Department of Geography, Environment and Sustainability

    Join Professor Stephen Metts from The New School and Professor Nathan Phillips from Boston College as they demonstrate methane leak detection and mapping methods. Stephen and Nathan will answer questions for geographers and friends who are interested in opportunities to support community organizations like Sierra Club, who will be mapping methane leaks in Richmond over the next months and years.

    Check out this video of Nathan’s methane detection devices in use in Boston. 

  • February 3: Climate and Environmental Justice Course Module Presentation

    Tyler Haynes Commons, Room 310
    February 3, 2023 at 9:00am

    Sponsored by the Office for Sustainability

    Register by emailing Daniel Hart at dhart@richmond.edu 

    In the pursuit of integrating sustainability across the curriculum, the Office for Sustainability has been developing course modules for the purpose of providing foundational education in sustainability, climate change, and environmental justice. Daniel Hart, Associate Director of Sustainability and Environmental Justice, will be hosting a few sessions to test run and present on these topics, and you are invited to attend to provide feedback so that we can make these offerings as meaningful as possible for your courses.  We offer guest lecturing in the topics listed above and are happy to come into your class and present. If this is of interest to you, please feel free to reach out to Daniel Hart at dhart@richmond.edu, and we will tailor the content to your discipline and course.

  • February 6: Intro to Sustainability Course Module Presentation

    Tyler Haynes Commons, THC Think Tank
    February 6, 2023 at 10:00am

    Sponsored by the Office for Sustainability

    Register by emailing Daniel Hart at dhart@richmond.edu 

    In the pursuit of integrating sustainability across the curriculum, the Office for Sustainability has been developing course modules for the purpose of providing foundational education in sustainability, climate change, and environmental justice. Daniel Hart, Associate Director of Sustainability and Environmental Justice, will be hosting a few sessions to test run and present on these topics, and  you are invited to attend to provide feedback so that we can make these offerings as meaningful as possible for your courses.  We offer guest lecturing in the topics listed above and are happy to come into your class and present. If this is of interest to you, please feel free to reach out to Daniel Hart at dhart@richmond.edu, and we will tailor the content to your discipline and course.

  • February 10: Ecological Enchantments & the Question of Action

    Carole Weinstein International Center, International Center Commons
    February 10, 2023 at 5:00pm

    Sponsored by the Department of English

    Learn more

  • February 14: Green Rebates for the Love of Home

    Multifaith Room, Wilton Center
    February 14, 2023 at 12:00pm

    Sponsored by USAC, UR Sustainability, and Department of Geography, Environment, & Sustainability

    The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) rebates will allow for home improvements that are good for our families and our home, the Earth. Join us to learn how these programs will work over the next decade, calculate your potential benefits, and discuss ways to extend community benefit! Cookies will be provided, feel free to bring your lunch and eat it there. Open to all. 

  • February 21: Student Environmental Advocacy Talk

    Whitehurst Living Room (246 Richmond Way)
    February 21, 2023 at 7:00pm

    Sponsored by Sierra Club Falls of the James Group

    Registration required
    Learn more and register

  • March 14: "Utama" Film Screening and Discussion

    Ukrop Auditorium
    March 14, 2023 at 7:00pm

    In parnership with the RVA Environmental Film Festival

    Learn more

  • March 17: Perspectives: Indigenous Environmental Movements

    Tyler Haynes Commons, Room 305
    March 17, 2023 at 12:30pm

    Sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement

    Learn more

  • March 20: Neumann Lecture on Music: Music After Oil

    Robins School of Business, Ukrop Auditorium
    March 20, 2023 at 7:30pm

    Sponsored by the Department of Music

    Learn more

  • March 21: Discussion on Plant-Based Eating and Music Performance

    Wellbeing Center Lobby
    March 21, 2023 at 1:00pm

    Sponsored by UR Sustainability and Department of Music

    Join UR faculty member Dr. Joanne Kong and visiting artist Christoph Wagner for a wonderful lunchtime mini-concert featuring beautiful music for cello and piano. Advocates for sustainability and well-being, they will also discuss how plant-based food choices can benefit personal health and the environment. Plant-based snacks will be provided.

  • March 31: Perspectives: Urban Rewewal

    Tyler Haynes Commons, Room 305
    March 31, 2023 at 12:30pm

    Sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement

    Learn more

  • April 5-7: El Poder del pueblo: Environmental justice and decolonial worldmaking in Puerto Rico and beyond

    International Center Commons and Courtyard
    April 5-7, 2023 at 7:30pm

    Sponsored by the Tucker Boatwright Festival of Literature & the Arts

    Learn more

  • April 7: Perspectives: Beekeeping and Urban Ecology

    Tyler Haynes Commons, Room 305
    April 7, 2023 at 12:30pm

    Sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement

    Learn more