Princeton to observe Earth Day with events April 22 and over weekend

April 22, 2016 9 a.m.
Earth Day Forbes College Garden project

Princeton University is celebrating Earth Day with events across campus Friday and through the weekend. The Princeton Garden Project, a student-run organic garden at Forbes College (above) will be open on Friday from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. for anyone who would like to plant, water, weed and help with general garden activities.

Princeton University is celebrating Earth Day with events across campus Friday and through the weekend. The Princeton Garden Project, a student-run organic garden at Forbes College (above) will be open on Friday from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. for anyone who would like to plant, water, weed and help with general garden activities.

Photo courtesy of the Princeton Garden Project

Today is Earth Day, and the Princeton University community is observing the annual global celebration supporting the environment with a series of events.

Everyone is welcome to participate in a work session from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the student-run Forbes Garden at 79 Alexander Road, Forbes College. Volunteers will plant, water, weed and help with general garden activities.

Between 2 and 5 p.m., a student-organized Earth Day Celebration will be held on the Frist Campus Center South Lawn. Sponsored by the Office of Sustainability and the Pace Center for Civic Engagement, it will include information about Earth Day and sustainability, performances by student groups, as well as food and beverages. During the event, the winner of the "Do It in the Dark" energy-saving competition among residential colleges will be announced.

From 4 to 7 p.m., Campus Dining is hosting the inaugural Tiger Chef Challenge in Dillon Gymnasium. The event will include an Iron Chef-like competition, during which seven teams representing each residential college and the Graduate College will compete to see who has the best plant-based entrée. Stroll through the Earth Day Food Expo with complimentary food samples. There will be a demonstration garden area highlighting vertical gardening, composting and waste oil recycling.

On Saturday, Princeton's Outdoor Action Program is hosting the annual Banff Mountain Film Festival from 7 to 10:30 p.m. in McCosh Hall, Room 10. Join Princeton students, staff, faculty, and the local community for this campus favorite that combines awe-inspiring films and an intermission outdoor gear raffle. The action-packed films feature rock climbing, mountaineering, kayaking, mountain biking, extreme skiing and explorations of the natural world. Tickets are $10 for Princeton students with a PU ID and $15 for non-students, and are available online or at the Frist Campus Center ticket office on campus.

On Sunday at the Forbes Garden, a work session will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. as well as yoga at 7 p.m. followed by a campfire at 8 p.m. Yoga will be a one-hour vinyasa-style class — no experience necessary.

All events are free and open to the public except where specified.

"Earth Day" students

Between 2 and 5 p.m. on Friday, a student-organized Earth Day celebration will be held on the Frist Campus Center South Lawn. Top photo from left: Last year, Lara Norgaard, of the Class of 2017, and Jarron McAllister, of the Class of 2016, were among many students participating in the festivities. (Photos by Zachariah DeGiulio, Class of 2018)