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Earth Day 2020 Students at First Dam

50 Years of Earth Day

First observed 50 years ago, Earth Day gives the global community a day to recognize and honor the planet. Here at Utah State, we plan a whole week to show our love for the Earth! Join us this year as the Aggie community celebrates Earth Day for this week-long event, April 15-22. We have a variety of events this year and look forward to seeing you online!

History of Earth Day

The first Earth Day was celebrated April 22, 1970 after a Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson was inspired to spread awareness about environmental protection after witnessed the impacts of a Californian oil spill in 1969. Now about 200 countries celebrate Earth Day in some form and the resulting Earth Day Network reaches many communities through conservation and education.

Winners of the 2020 Art and Literature Contest

Visual Arts

1.Continous Growth by Kaitlyn Crouch
2. Nature-Based Watercolor  by Jessica Ivie
3. Old and New by Bryn Burningham


1. Nuture by WM David
2. The Ocean is God by Bean Adams
3. A Small Haiku Encapsulation of my Experience with Nature  by Bryn Burningham


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Due to COVID-19 and its impacts to university events and social gatherings, USU Earth Week will be held online.

Ecohunt 2020 Activity List


Join in one of our favorite Earth Week traditions: Ecohunt, a sustainability-themed scavenger hunt that can be done wherever you are. Ecohunt starts on April 15th and ends Earth Day. Click on the Ecohunt image or here for a complete activity list. Follow @usuecohunt on Instagram for updates!

Instagram Tabling is April 15 to 22

Instagram/Facebook Tabling

Learn about how nonprofits, businesses, and USU clubs are making a sustainable difference in the community with our online version of the annual Earth Week tradition 'Tabling on the Quad' by tuning in to Facebook or Instagram in our Stories.

Facebook: USU Sustainability
Instagram: @ususustainability

The Art and Literature Contest is due April 20

Art and Literature Contest

Share your creativity by submitting a piece of art, writing, or original music that is inspired by the prompt: "What does nature mean to you.?" Submissions are open now until April 20 and winners will be announced on Earth Day.

Send submissions to

Painting with Sage on April 16 at 3 PM

Instagram Live Painting with Sage

Join us on Instagram Live Thursday, April 16 at 3 PM for a special watercolor lesson from our very own SSO intern Sage Sutcliffe. Bring your own materials and paint along with us! 

High Stakes Kahoot on April 17,20, and 24 at 2 PM

High Stakes Kahoot

Test your sustainability knowledge and join in a high stakes Kahoot. Winners win big! Simply sign into the Webex room in the link below at 2 PM on the 17th, 20th, and 22nd to join in. 

Netflix Movie Night Friday April 17 at 8 pm

Netflix Movie Night

Grab some snacks and join us as we watch a documentary on April 17th at 8pm. We will be watching with Netflix Party where we can all watch remotely and talk via chat!

Instagram Live Yoga is Sunday April 19 at 7 PM

Instagram Live Yoga with Meridian

End the weekend right by enjoying a yoga session led by Meridian Wappett. Make sure to follow us on Instagram @usustainability beforehand! We can't wait to see you there. Namaste!

Saute with Summer on April 21 at 6 PM

Instagram Live Saute with Summer

Follow along and cook falafel with SSO intern Summer Vaughn on April 21st at 5 PM. The ingredient list is provided in the button below. Follow our Instagram @ususustainability to take part. Our tummies are already growling!