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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 3rd 


Location: New Steam Plant on Joyner Drive

WCU Heritage Tree Walk
Join us on a 45-minute walk around campus, led by WCU Arborist Mr. Andrew Thigpen, to celebrate Arbor Day! During the tour, he will identify and discuss our heritage (older) native trees. The walk will begin at the new Steam Plant on Joyner Drive, across from Hunter Library.  Please wear comfortable shoes and bring water.  

Monday, April 10th 

11:00am – 3:00pm

Location: Greenspace behind Bardo Arts Center

Arbor Day of Service
Join us for Arbor Day of Service at the Sustainable Campus Initiative (SCI) Edible Garden behind the Bardo Arts Center. Volunteers will help spread mulch and care for the garden.  Gloves will be provided. Please wear appropriate clothes, closed-toe shoes and bring water. Please RSVP to

Tuesday, April 18th 


Location: Solar Hammock Lounge

Hammock Lounge Hangout
Join Eco CATS for a relaxing hammock hangout at the WCU Solar Hammock Lounge. Bring your own hammock or rent a hammock from WCU Base Camp Cullowhee. 

Wednesday, April 19th 


Location: Hinds UC Theater

Film Viewing: Before the Flood 
Join the Wildlife & Forestry Club for a film viewing of National Geographic’s Before the Flood, featuring Leonardo DiCaprio on his journeys as a United Nations Messenger of Peace to uncover the reality of climate change.

Friday, April 21st 


Location: Central Plaza – Courtyard Patio

Earth Day Celebration – Weigh the Waste

Join the Sustainable Campus Initiative (SCI) and Catamount Dining for fun and games in celebration of Earth Day. 


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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