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There are dozens of great Earth Week events to join in 2021, but UChicago’s Environmental Community has also been engaged in this work for many years! In “Today in Earth Week” we give you a quick view of what’s happening today alongside some recent content you might have missed:


Family Day: Wiggly Wonderful Worms – Join Erik L. Peterson, Manager of Family Programs and Student Engagement at the Smart Museum of Art, for a tutorial on making a worm bin for sustainable vermicomposting at home. March 2021.


“Letter to My People” and “The Land That Raised Us” – Writings by JoRee LaFrance, an Apsáalooke scholar whose research interests include Apsáalooke language and culture preservation, agriculture and resource extraction contamination on tribal lands and those effects in Indigenous communities, and soil and water science informing tribal environmental and water policy. Ms. LaFrance’s works first appeared in a book published on the occasion of the Apsáalooke Women and Warriors exhibition at the Neubauer Collegium and Field Museum last year.

How to finally start saving the planet, according to environmental experts – An article in the Chicago Tribune featuring Dr. Sabina Shaikh, Director of the Program on Global Environment and a Senior Lecturer in Environmental and Urban Studies in the College, Committee on Geographical Sciences in the Social Sciences Division, and at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago. Shaikh is also the faculty director of Chicago Studies and co-leads the Environmental Frontiers Initiative at the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation. (Bonus read: Shaikh’s “Meet a UChicagoan” Earth Week feature!)


LAST DAY      Earth Day 2021 Art Vote | Feitler Center for Academic Inquiry at the Smart Museum of Art

by 12:00pm CDT      PSI Earth Week: Sustainable Cooking Contest | Phoenix Sustainability Initiative

4:10pm CDT      Monarch Community Science with the Field Museum | Chicago Studies Program & Program on the Global Environment

Thank you to those volunteering for the Earth Day of Service today!

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