A collection of potted plants.


April 22 is Earth Day, an opportunity to support the environmental movement and take action to build a healthier planet. But why stop at a single day? Here at NYU, we’re celebrating Earth Month all April long with a variety of in-person and virtual festivities. In addition to panels and discussions, this year’s events include a film screening, street fair, and plant giveaway. Plus, several events are open to the public. You can stop by the Earth Day Street Fair to connect with NYU’s green community in person or register to attend one of our virtual events from anywhere.

Check out a sampling of NYU Earth Month events below or head to the website for an updated events calendar.

A woman at a table painting with watercolors.
April 5, 2022 | 9:00 a.m. (ET)

Visions and Voices of a Healthy Planet: A Healing Arts Event for World Health Day 2022

During turbulent times, we turn to health-care workers to heal our bodies—and artists to heal our souls. This discussion features care providers and artists as they explore the relationship between human health and planetary health. Featured guests include Renée Fleming, soprano; Dr. Melissa Lem, director of PaRx, BC Parks Foundation; and Jave Yoshimoto, visual artist and art therapist. Our first Earth Month event is free and open to the public. Tune in to the World Health Organization YouTube channel on April 5.

April 5, 2022 | 6:00–7:00 p.m. (ET)

The Farmer’s Lawyer: The North Dakota Nine and the Fight to Save the Family Farm

The Farmer’s Lawyer: The North Dakota Nine and the Fight to Save the Family Farm tells the true story of a young lawyer’s incredible legal battle to stop the federal government from foreclosing on thousands of family farmers. During this virtual book talk, writer Sarah Vogel, NYU Law Class of 1970, will discuss her work as an author, advocate, and attorney. Anyone can register for this free event.

Numerous potted plants on display in a store.
April 9, 2022 | 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. (ET)

Plant Giveaway

Hoping to green your dorm room next semester? Swing by Washington Square Park to pick up a free plant and learn how to be the best plant parent you can be! Additionally, members of the Global Public Health Student Governing Council will be there to discuss opportunities to address climate change, sustainability, and equity. This event is only open to NYU students, staff, and faculty members.

A woman watering her houseplant.
April 13, 2022 | 2:00–3:30 p.m. (ET)

Houseplant Care 101

Whether you just adopted your first plant friend or want to take the best possible care of your current crop, this in-person workshop includes tips and tricks to green anyone’s thumb. After an overview of how to care for different houseplants and common mistakes to avoid, you’ll sow seeds and take home your very own plant to grow. Then, you’ll learn to use the NYU Tandon MakerSpace to decorate your pot. Everything from 3-D printers to laser-cutting trellises are available to you. This event is only open to members of the NYU community.

An NYU building and university flag near Washington Square Park.
April 21, 2022 | 5:00 p.m. (ET)

State of Sustainability Address

NYU is committed to building a sustainable campus and community. During this address, featured speakers will share recent accomplishments, announce upcoming initiatives, and recognize green leaders across the University. This event is only open to NYU students, staff, and faculty members.

April 21, 2022 | 6:00–8:00 p.m. (ET)

We Still Here/Nos Tenemos Film Screening, Discussion, and Musical Performance

We Still Here/Nos Tenemos is an uplifting documentary about the Puerto Rican youths who led the island’s recovery efforts following Hurricane Maria and became impassioned sustainability advocates. After the screening, the filmmakers and documentary subjects will discuss the film and their experience. Then, a renowned New York City bomba artist will perform. This in-person event is only open to current members of the NYU community.

April 22, 2022 | 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. (ET)
Schwartz Plaza

Earth Day Street Fair

A longtime NYU tradition, the Earth Day Street Fair is finally back after a two-year hiatus! NYU’s green community is excited to celebrate our planet with students and the general public. This free event is open to everyone, with no registration required. So swing by Schwartz Plaza, rain or shine, for an afternoon of giveaways, information tables, food, and more.

Someone working in a garden.
April 27, 2022 | 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. (ET)

Gowanus Canal Conservancy Volunteer Event

Join the NY Water Environment Association at NYU and the Gowanus Canal Conservancy for an afternoon of getting outside and getting your hands dirty for a good cause. The work may include weeding, applying mulch and compost, potting native plants, and/or creating soil mixes. This event is only open to NYU community members.

There are even more events on the NYU Earth Month calendar, many of which are open to the public. Browse the full calendar. We can’t wait to meet you there!