Earth Week at Elon goes digital

Participate remotely in a variety of sustainability activities during Earth Week, April 20-24.

Earth Week will be held April 20-24, 2020 and is an opportunity for Elon students, faculty and staff to examine their own habits as they relate to sustainability. A key feature of this week includes a brief questionnaire to reflect upon individual waste habits. Students, faculty, and staff who complete the questionnaire will be entered to win an Earth Week grand prize: a hammock and a sustainability prize pack. Three grand prizes will be given.

Earth Week will include a variety of digital events centered around sustainability, and those who complete the action items will earn five additional prize entries for each action item completed. Please see below for the full Earth Week Schedule.

Katharine Wilkinson’s visit to campus has been rescheduled for October 2020. She is the lead writer of Drawdown, the New York Times bestseller on climate solutions, and currently serves as Vice President of Communication & Engagement at Project Drawdown.

Monday April 20

Trash Challenge
Save all your garbage today. Monitor your trash contents to see if there are items you can avoid in order to reduce your waste. Take a picture of your waste and DM us (on Instagram) or send your photo to to enter to win a reusables kit.

Action Item: Send us (DM on Instagram or email a photo of your day’s worth of trash.

Outdoor Yoga
Join Eco-Rep Kitty Helm as she guides you through a 45-minute yoga session designed to help you reduce stress and connect to nature.

Action Item: Send us (DM on Instagram or email a photo of your favorite yoga pose from the session.

Tuesday April 21

Politics and Pastries
We’ve created an infographic to help you understand all things Green New Deal!

Action Item: Respond to our Instagram story or email us ( with one fact you learned about the Green New Deal.

Shop Sustainably
Eco-Rep Katie Robinson has created a quiz about what to look for when shopping to be more sustainable! Guess correctly to win your choice of a reusable bag or a reusable straw.

Action Item: Anyone who gets 5 questions correct will win either a reusable bag or a reusable straw.

Wednesday April 22

Animal Protection Alliance Trivia
Celebrate Earth Week by winning fun prizes and learning about how veg options impact the earth! Members of Elon’s Animal Protection Alliance have created a quiz about how plant-based options impact the Earth. Get all of the answers correct and win a reusable straw or set of utensils.

Action Item: Anyone who gets 5 questions correct will win either a reusable straw or set of utensils.

“Fenceline: A Company Town Divided” – Documentary
Log onto Kanopy to watch “Fenceline: A Company Town Divided.” Named after a refinery now owned by Shell Oil, Norco, Louisiana, is home to two distinct communities — one black and one white. Though separated by mere blocks, their realities are worlds apart. A modern David and Goliath story, Fenceline shows how one small community and one big corporation struggle to come to terms.

Action Item: Send us (DM on Instagram or email one thing you learned while watching Fenceline.

Thursday, April 23

Tips for Growing Your own Food!
Today we’ll be sharing some tips to successfully grow your own fresh, local food! Farmers’ markets are also a great way to get fresh, local food and support the local economy. The Authentically Alamance Farmers’ Market at the Elon Community Church usually runs every Thursday from 3-6:30 pm April-November. They have postponed the market opening to May this year. Some farmers are offering online ordering with pick-up/delivery options. Support your local farmers if able to do so safely and with social distancing in practice.

Action Item: Send us a “heart” to indicate your favorite growing tip! (Instagram only- @elonsustainability) OR email us ( your favorite tip.

Friday April 24

Plant-Based for the Planet
We’ll be sharing some of our favorite plant-based recipes today!

Action Item: Send us (DM on Instagram- @sustainability or email the recipe you’re most excited to try!