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Earth Month


Arbor Day Celebration

Monday, April 18 at 5:30 p.m.

The University has been recognized as a Tree Campus USA by the nationally renown organization Arbor Day Foundation for the seventh time in a row. The program will start on Monday, April 18 at 5:30 p.m. at the Gifford Arboretum Stone Circle, with a tour of edible trees in the Arboretum, a tasting stop at the sustainability garden. Don't miss the free concert from Frost School of Music Resident Moon band, at 6.30 pm.
Finger food will be served. Event sponsored by ECO Agency. 

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Premios Verdes

April 20 - April 24

Premios Verdes are tthe most relevant sustainability festival in the region which, each year, awards, gives visibility and creates networks among the best 500 social and environmental projects in Ibero-America: "Premios Verdes: Exhibe-Conecta-Premia a los 500 mejores proyectos sociales y ambientales de Iberoamérica". Learn more



Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Civic Activism, and Environmental Justice in Contemporary South Florida


The year 2022 marks the seventy-fifth anniversary of the publication of Marjory Stoneman Douglas’s landmark book, The Everglades: River of Grass (1947). Come enjoy a great discussion with distinguished panelists: Professor Robin Bachin, University of Miami; Natalia Brown, Catalyst Miami; Rev. Houston Cypress, Love the Everglades Movement; Commissioner Nancy Metayer, City of Coral Springs; Kathleen Elliott and Robert O'Bryant, Mahogany Youth Corporation; and Rachel Silverstein, Miami Waterkeeper. The event will take place at the Kislak Center-Richter Library (map) on Tuesday, April 19 at 7 p.m. Learn more.


Climate Action Required

Thursday, April 21 from 12-1 p.m.

We can all act on climate! On Thursday, April 21 from 12-1 p.m., our panelists will share their journey via various roles—including faculty, lawyer, artist, and high schooler—in the fight for a sustainable future. Our panelists include:

  • Prof. Xavier Cortada – UM Art / Cortada Foundation - Bio
  • Delaney Reynolds – University of Miami/ Sink or Swim - Bio
  • Nkosi Muse – PhD student RSMAS Climate Risks and Preparedness - Bio
  • Caroline Lewis – CLEO Institute, Founder and Senior Advisor - Bio


ECO Moonlight Jam

Wednesday, April 20 at 6 p.m.

Come celebrate Moonlight Jam with us on this very special ECO evening with patches, tea infusers, glass jars, and reusable totes to win! Join us on Wednesday, April 20 at 6 p.m. at the Lakeside Patio

Graduate Students for the Earth at UM

Thursday, April 21 at 6 p.m.

The University of Miami graduate students are very much engaged when it comes to the future of our planet. On Thursday, April 21 at 6 p.m., the following organizations will discuss their role in making The U part of the solution: the Green Grad Group, the Sustainability Initiative at RSMAS, the Sustainability Club at Miami Herbert Business School, the Environmental Law Society at Miami Law, and the Green Student Committee at Miller.



Hug the Lake

Friday, April 22 from 11:20-11:45 a.m.

Join us on Friday, April 22 from 11:20-11:45 a.m., on Earth Day for our traditional Hug The Lake event and Roberta "Bosey" Fulbright Foote award ceremony to honor a member of the UM community—faculty, staff, student, or trustee—who has made a meaningful and lasting contribution to the beauty, humanity, and future of the campus.


Earth Day Fair

Friday, April 22 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

On Friday, April 22 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., pass by the Lakeside Patio, grab a delicious vegan empanada, and learn about the great work ECO and community partners are doing to lessen our carbon footprint. The ECO sustainable purchasing committee will feature reusable Brewbike coffee cups and plastic-free detergent slips. Don't forget about your ECO giveaway!

A Reading of "Pineland", a Short Story by Marjory Stoneman Douglas

Friday, April 22, 5:30pm

Adapted for the stage by Sandra Riley, Woman's Club of Coconut Grove. Read by Sandra Riley and T.L. Brown. Meet Marjory Stoneman Douglas at various stages of her life in a special dramatic performance of "Three Ages of Marjory". This event is free and open to the public at the Kislak Center.


CELEBRATING EARTH DAY AND SCIENCE – Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra

Friday, April 22, 7:30pm

Join the Frost School of Music for a night of world premieres! Henry Mancini Institute's Artistic Director Maria Schneider returns to celebrate Earth Day with Frost student composers and the Mancini Fellows. Under the baton of Scott Flavin, new works will be premiered in a multi-media setting, showcasing the connection between music and the ground-breaking research taking place at the University of Miami. 

'Canes Day of Service

Saturday, April 23 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

The University hosts 'Canes Day of Service for alumni, families, and friends of the U to participate in a local service project to give back to their respective communities. Hosted by our alumni-led 'Canes Communities, these service projects support the University of Miami's mission to transform lives through education, research, innovation, and service. Join us on Saturday, April 23 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. for our local service project, in partnership with Virginia Key Outdoor Center, as we help improve the quality of our beaches and protect our marine life with a beach cleanup.


Coral Gables Recycling Drive-Thru

Saturday, April 23 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Take part in the Coral Gables Recycling Drive-Thru on Saturday, April 23 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. to drop off your old 14-gallon recycling bins, recycle your old electronics and large cardboard boxes, dispose of your household hazardous waste, shred your sensitive documents, and donate your "lightly/gently used" clothing.

Screening: the Human Element

Sunday April 24th, 1:30 pm

Citizen Climate Lobby Miami is collaborating with the Coral Gables Art Cinema for a special Earth Day screening of The Human Element, a film by environmental photographer and CCL Advisory Board member, James Balog. (trailerTHE HUMAN ELEMENT is a magnum opus on the human impact on our planet—from the threat of animal extinction to catastrophic wildfires, global warming as visualized through glacier melt, and increased ferocity of historic floods and storms – James Balog presents four decades of his research and photography in this environmental call to arms. Balog also created the Oscar and Emmy nominated film, Chasing Ice. Tickets are just $4, to offset cinema operations.



Climate Resilience Academy symposium

Monday April 25th, 2022, from 1:00-4:00pm

Welcome to the first Climate Resilience Academy symposium on Monday April 25th, 2022, from 1:00-4:00pm at the Lakeside Village Expo Hall on the Coral Gables Campus. Featuring keynote speaker Jane Gilbert, chief heat officer for Miami-Dade County, the symposium will include posters and interactive presentations that showcase the interdisciplinary climate resilience research taking place across all campuses at the University of Miami. Join us to engage with a broad community of scholars and celebrate their transformational work to mitigate the effects of climate change on human health, the economy, and the environment—both natural and built. Light refreshments will be provided. Learn more


Grate-Ful with UM DIning

Wednesday, April 27th from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

UM Dining at the University of Miami will join 300 other colleges and universities on April 27, 2022 to participate in “Grate-Ful,” an event designed to celebrate gratitude for Earth, fight food waste, and advance sustainability on college campuses. The event will take place simultaneously across all Chartwells’ campuses on Stop Food Waste Day, encouraging students and staff to make pledges to fight food waste, enjoy a plant-based menu at multiple stations, participate in trivia questions about food waste and sustainability for prizes, and pack 300 bags to be donated to a local Boys and Girls club in Miami to fight food insecurity! Join us on April 27th from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm at the Mahoney-Pearson Dining Hall 

The Changing Climate & Your Health

Friday, April 29 - 1 pm

Clean air, safe drinking water, sufficient food and secure shelter have all been negatively impacted by climate change. These social and environmental conditions strongly influence our health status on an individual and collective level. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that some time between 2030 and 2050, climate change will cause approximately 250,000 additional deaths per year, from malnutrition, malaria, diarrhea, and heat stress. Speaker: Catherine Toms, M.D., M.P.H., Senior Advisor for Climate and Health, Healthcare Without Harm | Practice Greenhealth.

Panelists and Presenters

Reverend Houston Cypress
Keynote Speaker

Artist, activist, poet, and ordained minister Reverend Houston Cypress serves as the head of Love the Everglades, an organization devoted to the development of platforms and initiatives for environmental protection and cultural preservation. Cypress also uses his platform to speak out as an advocate for two-spirited and non-binary gender peoples, cultural preservation, business development, and sovereignty. Cypress acts as a cultural ambassador, fostering meaningful exchanges between his society of native clans and the Miami community. Recently he presented a lecture entitled "Decolonizing Gender, Land, and Spirit" at ICA Miami as a way of connecting with the environment and cultivating more diverse and inclusive communities.

Mauro Galetti
Presenter, Orchid Planting in the Gifford Arboretum with Dr. Galetti

Dr. Mauro Galetti is a tropical ecologist at the University of Miami and Director of the Gifford Arboretum. His current research centers broadly on the effects of animal extinction on key ecological, evolutionary and ecosystem processes. Dr. Galetti has intensively worked in understanding how trophic cascades propagates in tropical forest and savanna ecosystems. He has long experience in tropical forests in Brazil. Dr. Galetti is also responsible for auditing one of the largest dataset on the Biodiversity of the Atlantic forest of Brazil.

Caroline Lewis

As Founder and Senior Advisor of the CLEO Institute, Caroline Lewis promotes climate literacy and support for bold action. As Senior Advisor, she works with a stellar team to advance climate action as the urgent imperative it is. In 2002, Lewis, a science teacher and high school principal, created the Fairchild Challenge interdisciplinary environmental education program that annually engaging tens of thousands of students in Miami and around the world. As the 2016 founding Director of Cushman High School, Lewis worked with a strong team to provide a unique vision for a rigorous, creative, character-based and civic engagement-focused high school education.

Delaney Reynolds

Delaney is a fourth generation Miamian and splits her time between the cosmopolitan city of a few million people where she was born and No Name Key, a 1,000-acre island in the Florida Keys, where her family owns a solar powered home. She is a Foote Fellow and Singer Scholar at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science where she’s pursuing a double major in Marine Science and Coastal Geology, as well as a minor in Climate Science and Policy.

Delaney is the founder and CEO of The Sink or Swim Project, an NGO focused on climate education and advocacy, as well as its website miamisearise.com, where she publishes a popular blog. She is a Board Member for The CLEO Institute, a Dream in Green Youth Ambassador, a Celebration of the Seas Youth Ambassador and sits on the Miami-Dade County Committee of the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities. Former service roles include acting as the Director of Sustainability for the Miami Beach Pop Music Festival and member of Philippe Cousteau's EarthEcho International Youth Leadership Council.

She has authored and illustrated three children’s books about the environment in and around No Name Key, as well as a comic adventure book on climate change entitled Where Did All The Polar Bears Go?. She has given a popular TEDx Talk at the Adrienne Arsht Center, appeared with actor/musician Jack Black on the National Geographic Channel's Years of Living Dangerously, with former Vice President Al Gore on MTV's An Inconvenient Special, and with explorer Philippe Cousteau on his Xploration Awesome Planet on FOX. She has addressed the United Nations General Assembly, co-founded the March for Science Miami, helped author and implement a landmark mandatory solar power law in the City of South Miami, and is the lead Plaintiff in the Reynolds vs. State of Florida climate change lawsuit.

Delaney has been honored with the George Eastman Young Leader’s Scholarship from the University of Rochester, the Gloria Barron Scholarship Prize for Young Heroes, the Broward County Green Leader Award, The CLEO Institute Leadership Council, The Miami Herald's Silver Knight in Social Science and the inaugural National Geographic Teen Service Award.

Nkosi Muse

Nkosi Muse is an Environmental Science and Policy PhD student at the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School for Marine and Atmospheric Sciences and Abess Center. Muse is interested in ensuring that our cities are equitably prepared for the implications of climate change, while also working to mitigate contributions to global warming. His research involves mixed quantitative and qualitative methods, from identifying exposure and vulnerability to climate threats (i.e., extreme heat, flooding), to analyzing and proposing equitable and inclusive policy. Muse also serves on the City of Miami's Climate Resilience Committee, advising city commission on matters of local climate resilience."

Teddy Lhoutellier


Teddy Lhoutellier is the current Sustainability Manager for the University of Miami. Renewable Energy, Sustainability and Environmental Science are his passion. He started at the U in 2014, implementing the University's first comprehensive Sustainability Action Plan, after receiving a Silver ranking through the Sustainability Tracking and Assessment Rating System program. Teddy graduated Magna Cum Laude from Florida International University, holding a MS degree in Environmental Studies - Energy Policy. He's also a LEED Green Associate.