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Earth Month

"Walk the Walk" Earth Month logo depticting a globe with a shoe and the Western Carolina University logo


Earth Month, dedicated to Earth Day on April 22nd, is a FUN-filled month with various environmental and sustainability related activities and events for students on campus.

This month is devoted to those wanting to demonstrate their dedication to creating a healthy and sustainable world. Celebrate our bountiful planet with WCU! 

Join this year's Earth Month Celebration, as we promote sustainability and give thanks to our planet.

Monday, April 1st


Location: Alumni Tower

Campus Tree Walk

Join us on a 45-minute walk around campus, led by Kathy Matthews, Associate Professor of Biology & Director of WCU Herbarium, to celebrate Arbor Day!  During the tour she will identify and discuss native trees.  The walk will begin and end at Alumni Tower.  Please wear comfortable shoes and bring water. Hosted by the Sustainable Energy Initiative. 

April 22nd

1:00 pm

Location: UC Grandroom

Celebrate Earth Day!

Enjoy an Earth Day inspired lunch with campus dining! Lunch and Freebies!

Tuesday, April 23rd

6:00pm- 7:00pm

Location: Blue Ridge Conference Room

Celebrate Excellence Awards Banquet

We have two new awards called WCU Sustanability Champion Awards. This award goes to one student and one faculty/staff member who has demonstrated significant effort to improve sustainability on campus.  Nominations are open until March 8th at

Wednesday, April 24th


Location: UC Lawn

Mount Trashmore

Have you ever wondered how much recyclables are thrown away on campus? Mount Trashmore is the event for you! In this event we will be emptying the majority of trash accumulated during the day and sorting out what is recyclable.  Stop by to learn more about recycling on campus and even get a freebie!

Wednesday, April 24th


Location: varies

Service Day

Are you looking for more community service hours? We have three different opportunities for you to make a difference in our community! You can work in the Cullowhee Community Garden, assist with Mount Trashmore, or assist Habitat for Humanity. For more information and to sign up, please email Kaitlin Richie at

Thursday, April 25th


Location: UC Grandroom

3rd Annual Trashion Show

Come show off your artistic talent!  You can enter to win a fashion show by making clothing out of trash or recycling.  Prizes and trophies will be given to the top winners.  Come enjoy an entertaining display of recycled creative clothing. Hosted by WCU’s Eco CATS. To download the rules and entry form go to Eco CATS on WCU’s


RecycleMania is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities. Over a 10-week period, campuses compete in different contests to see which institution can collect the largest amount of recyclables per capita, the largest amount of total recyclables, the least amount of trash per capita, or have the highest recycling rate. 

America Recycles Day

America Recycles Day is celebrated every year on November 15th. This day is full of events promoting recycling and more awareness of the things we can recycle.

Tailgate Recycling

Tailgate recycling occurs with help from EcoCATS every home football game. We meet 3 and 1/2 hours before each game and help pick up recyclables from the tailgate. These events can be used as community service hours through the Office of Service Learning.




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