Tuesday, April 18 – Community Day

 Call Your Representatives

Sponsor: Greens at VT

When: 9:00am-2:00pm

Where: Outside of McBryde

What & Why: 

Visit the Greens at VT’s table to learn some easy tips on how to call your local representatives! An easy and affective way to implement local change.

Environmental Coalition Tabling

Sponsor: Environmental Coalition

When: 10:00am-3:00pm

Where: Drillfield

What & Why: 

Visit the Environmental Coalition’s table on the drillfield to play games and learn about some local community initiatives.


Sponsor: The Office of Sustainability

When: 11:00am-3:00pm

Where: Drillfield

What & Why: 

A display of eco-friendly initiatives!


Sponsor: YTOSS

When: 11:00am-4:00pm

Where: Drillfield

What & Why: 

Learn more about the YTOSS initiative and how to get involved!

Richard Smardon: “The Renewable Energy Landscape”

Sponsor: Citizens Climate Lobby, Blacksburg

When: 12:30pm-1:30pm

Where: Fralin Auditorium

What & Why: 

Distinguished author and Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus Dr. Richard Smardon of will be here from Syracuse to give a talk about the Renewable Energy Landscape at Fralin Auditorium

Activities Fair

Sponsor: Environmental Coalition

When: 4:00pm-5:30pm

Where: Wong Park

What & Why: 

Students and community members of all ages are invited to come to Wong Park to make some cool crafts! Make a bird house out of milk cartons, paint, and create your own seed-splosion. Visit with some local organizations such as DivestVT, the Environmental Coalition, Citizens for Arsenal Accountability, the NRV Plant Society, the VA Master Naturalists, and the Montessori School. There’s also going to be a raffle!

Community Potluck

Sponsor: Environmental Coalition

When: 5:30pm-7:30pm

Where: Wong Park

What & Why: 

Join students, local organizations, and community members for a picnic and potluck at Wong Park following the Activities Fair! Bring a dish to share and a reusable dish/utensils if you can.


What does community have to do with Earth Week?


Community is important because we are all impacted by the state of the
environment. We all breathe the same air and drink the same water. We
have the ability to positively impact the direction our environment is
headed, but we need to come together and connect to make change
happen. Community connection is a beautiful thing that can make all
the difference. We must be mindful of our actions for ourselves, our
children, and our world.  – Alyssa Carpenter


Community has everything to do with Earth Week. To me, Earth Week is about loving the planet that we inhabit and trying to preserve the beauty that it brings to people’s lives. Earth Week is a way for people to come together on a subject that matters to everyone. The Earth constantly brings people together, whether it is saying hello to someone you pass while hiking, or meeting your neighbor while gardening, or feeling connected to a community when you go to a farmer’s market to support local food producers. As a community, everyone can be involved in keeping the planet safe and beautiful.

–  Courtney Walker 



I believe taking part in building and maintaining a strong community is crucial to living a fulfilling life, and that begins with loving everyone around us. Regardless of our differences, we have important similarities; we share this beautiful planet, with breathtaking mountains, vast oceans, and incredible wildlife. The earth takes care of us, and in turn, we must take care of it- for each other and for future generations.

Building community means loving and taking care of each other (whether it be friends at home or strangers across the oceans) and taking care of our planet, and we must prioritize preserving this space we share.  – Catherine Murphy