Earth Month

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About Earth Month 2024

The Office of Sustainability is holding Bellevue College’s 25th annual Earth Month celebration with an exciting lineup of speakers, workshops, film screenings, giveaways, stewardship events, an earth market, and more!

The theme this year is “Decarbonize!”, which focuses on Bellevue College’s path to carbon neutrality with the updated Climate Action Plan.

All events are open to students, faculty, staff, and community members. Snacks and prize drawings will be at every speaker session and workshop. Prizes include custom travel mugs, reusable bags, stickers, sourdough bread making kits, and more!

Lost? View the campus map with parking, as well as room locations.


Land Acknowledgement

Read our land acknowledgement and get resources to recognize the lands on which Bellevue College resides.


Prizes

At the end of every event we will be doing a raffle to win exclusive Earth Month 2024 prizes. Attend more to have even greater chances to win them!


Earth Market

The 2024 Earth Market will be a huge gathering of outside vendors, organizations and BC departments and clubs. It will be on April 17th from 11:00 am – 1:30 pm in the C Courtyard (depending on weather). Check out the list of all available participants coming.

Live Events Schedule

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Make sure to check the schedule frequently for any updates!

Week 1: April 1st-5th

EventWhat It’s All AboutLocation/Time
Tree Giveaway Pick up Pacific Northwest native plants to take home during the tree giveaway with local non-profit 300 Trees!

Reservations are now closed. Trees are first come, first served!
April 3, 2024
10:30 am – 1:30 am
C Courtyard
Reserve your tree here!
Seed Planting StationKickoff your garden and stop by to plant seeds in a small pot to take home. A large variety of plants will be available to choose from, so don’t miss out!April 3, 2024
10:30 am to 1:30 pm
C Courtyard
Native Plant Talk with Pamela SeaMonsterJoin Snohomish Tribal Elder Pamela SeaMonster as she shares Indigenous science about plants of the Pacific Northwest, and pick up one to plant at home during the tree giveaway with local non-profit 300 Trees!

Cookies provided for participants!
April 3, 2024
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
D106
Register for the event here!

Week 2: April 8th-12th

EventWhat It’s All AboutLocation/Time
Stewardship with the Snoqualmie TribeJoin us as we work with the Snoqualmie Tribe for restoration work along Tibbets Creek supporting salmon and wildlife habitat. Gloves, tools, and snacks provided. Dress warm and be prepared for mud!April 9, 2024
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Lake Sammamish State Park
Register for the event here (required)!
Haiku Comics Zine WorkshopJoin the BC Library and English Department as they welcome local comic artist David Lasky for a writing and drawing workshop focusing on the theme of Nature. Make a mini-zine using Haiku poetry and art with instruction and guidance from David. The first 30 people will receive a sustainable art supplies kit to take home! Please bring your own mug and enjoy tea and coffee, along with assorted pastries. April 10, 2024
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Library (D126)
E-Waste Collection BinDonate any personal electronics that are broken, old, or items no longer needed!

Local company Interconnection will recycle your old electronics in an environmentally friendly manner, while ensuring any data on the device is securely removed or destroyed. Refurbished technology then gets donated to those in need.

Accepted Item List

NOT Accepted: CRT Monitors, kitchen appliances, garden tools, hand tools, or bathroom appliances.
April 10th at 10 am
through April 23rd at 9 am
C Building Student Union

Week 3: April 15th-19th

EventWhat It’s All AboutLocation/Time
Public Transit Orientation with HopelinkJoin Hopelink for a short field trip using public transit. We will take a short walk to the Eastgate Park & Ride, use an ORCA card (provided) and ride the bus back to campus. This is a great opportunity to learn how to ride the bus and receive a free, pre-loaded ORCA card ($22 value)! If you sign up and need accommodations or language interpretation services, please contact Heather Clark at hclark@hopelink.org or at 425-625-6784.

Signup here (required)! Spaces are limited.
April, 16, 2024
1:30 pm – 2:20 pm
Meet at the BC Fountain.
Cascadia Field Guide – Art, Ecology, PoetryJoin the Office of Sustainability for a talk with Derek Sheffield, one of the editors of the Cascadia Field Guide. This wonderful book brings together art, poetry, and stories holding scientific, sensory, and cultural knowledge to celebrate and illuminate Cascadia, the diverse ecoregion stretching from Alaska’s Prince William Sound to Northern California and from the Pacific Coast to the Continental Divide.

This is a hybrid event- to join in-person, please sign up here. A limited number of copies of the book will be available to in-person participants on a first-come first-serve basis. If joining virtually, please register for the Zoom link here.
April 16th, 2024
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Hybrid
In-person: B264
Virtual: Zoom
How Climate Change Has Affected Our Weather and Why We Need to DecarbonizeJoin faculty member, Tracy Fields, and non-profit, the Sierra club, for a talk on climate change impacts and how you can get involved. April 17, 2024
9:30 am – 10:30 am
D106
Earth Month MarketJoin our annual Earth Month market to connect with local organizations working in sustainability, and purchase locally crafted goods, honey, flowers, and more! Location: C Courtyard, weather dependent. View our upcoming Earth Market Participants!April 17, 2024
11 am – 1:30
C Courtyard (weather dependent)

Week 4: April 22nd-26th

EventWhat It’s All AboutLocation/Time
Climate Justice with Jamie StrobleHow do you talk about climate justice with your friends, family, co-workers? What does it mean to support environmental and climate justice in King County? How do we move from performative to systemic change? Addressing climate change and social inequities simultaneously requires bold action to prioritize equity and co-benefits, and address climate change as a threat multiplier to other social issues such as health, affordable housing, and food security. It is important that these efforts are designed and implemented in partnership with community leaders to address broader inequities, and ensure that the benefits from sustainability solutions are distributed equitably. Learn about some of the innovative collaborative BIPOC-led processes within local government and communities, where leaders of frontline communities have established frameworks and guided intersectional priorities for climate action.

Let us know you are coming here!
April 22. 2024
9:30 am – 10:20 am
C130
Film Screening: YOUTH v. GOVWatch YOUTH v. GOV, a documentary about the Juliana v. U.S. court case. In this case, young people filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government, arguing that the government’s (in)actions on the climate crisis undermines their fundamental constitutional rights. This is an important court case, and one that demonstrates the role of young people in the struggle over the climate crisis.April 22, 2024
10:30 am – 12:20 pm
C130
Yoga Enjoy a free yoga session led by BC’s Rachel Lowe

Connect with the earth and yourself by enjoying yoga movements for postural support and stretching, with emphasis on breathing awareness and overall relaxing. All are welcome and no experience necessary! Yoga mats will be provided, but feel free to bring your own. A blanket or beach towel can also be helpful.

Sign up here to reserve your spot!
April 22, 2024
12:30 pm – 1:20 pm
G110
Campus CleanupJoin Breathe Easy Bellevue College and the BC Climate Justice Club for a campus cleanup event.April 22, 2024
2 pm to 4 pm
Meet at the Fountain
Habitat at Home with the Washington State Department of Fish and WildlifeLearn how to create a small space that provides habitat for pollinators and other wildlife on your patio, deck, balcony, or windowsill and then plant native plants to take home! Plants provided by WDFW.April 23, 2024
11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Presentation in C130 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Workshop in Greenhouse 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Please register here (required)!
CSA Produce Box SalesCome get local, fresh and organic produce all while supporting farmers in the Puget Sound region. Each box is $20.00 and will contain a bounty of organic produce. Register here to reserve your box and pay now!April 24, 2024
10:30 am – 1:30 pm
C Courtyard
Reserve your CSA box now!
Refill StationBring your empty containers and great free, sustainable refills of bulk products like hand soap and laundry detergent. April 24, 2024
10:30 am – 1:30 pm
C Courtyard
Costa Rica Experience- Bringing a “Blue Zone” Lifestyle to Bellevue CollegeJoin BC students to learn how Blue Zone living on the Niacoya Peninsula of Costa Rica compares to that of the United States and Bellevue College Specifically. These Global Wellness students traveled to Costa Rica during Spring break of 2024 to answer research questions about the impact of the power nine attributes and how these lifestyle practices could be brought back to Bellevue College and have an impact on us all.

Join this talk to consider how you can include more sustainable and wellness practices into your daily life- and maybe live to be 100!
April 24, 2024
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
D106
Film Screening of Covenant of the Salmon PeopleWatch Covenant of the Salmon People, which tells the story of the Nez Perce tribe and their ongoing work to return wild salmon to their traditional ancestral lands. Stay for Q&A to follow and enjoy free snacks during the movie. April 25, 2024
11:30 am – 1:20 pm
Cafeteria
Let us know your coming, sign up here!

Week 5: April 29th-30th

EventWhat It’s All AboutLocation/Time
Climate Change, Decarbonization, and Nuclear EnergyHear from visiting scholar Yonghee Kim on the role nuclear energy can play in addressing the transition away from fossil-fuel based energy. Dr. Kim holds a PhD in Nuclear Engineering is a visiting scholar from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology. Location: C130 and virtualApril 29, 2024
10:30 am – 11:20 am
Hybrid (C130 or Online)
In-person: Register here!
Online: Register for the Zoom link here!
Clothing SwapJoin the clothing swap by donating clothes and shopping the racks! This event aims to combat fast fashion, keep clothes out of the landfill, and improve equity by providing free resources.

Clothing donations will be collected the week prior (exact dates TBD) in designated collections boxes.

Collection Box Locations:
– L Building Lobby
– Student Union Lobby
– Library
April 29, 2024
10:30 am to 1:30 pm
C Courtyard (weather dependent)
Climate Action Plan UpdateJoin the Office of Sustainability for the unveiling of the 2024 Climate Action Plan Update. Explore CAP sections, enjoy refreshments, win giveaways, and learn about ways to get involved in decarbonizing our campus!April 30, 2024
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Courtyard (weather dependent)

Connect With Us!

Email: sustainability@bellevuecollege.edu

View Previous Earth Weeks Here!

Last Updated April 9, 2024