Earth Day 2015
Earth Day at Rutgers University-Newark was started in 2005 as a one day event at the Newark Conservancy. It has since grown to include a day of service on campus and a day at the Newark Conservancy's Urban Garden. Over the years volunteers have created three sustainable gardens on campus, a native grasses garden, and installed a bird pond so the over 100 types of birds that visit campus every year have a place to drink.
Plans are being formulated for 2015 Earth Day -- please check back for updates.
Earth Day activities, 2014
On April 22nd Norman Samuels Plaza hosted two sessions: 10:30 a.m. - 12 noon, and 12:30- 2 p.m.
We improved the sustainable gardens on the Norman Samuels Plaza and at University Square. Our volunteers showed enthusiasm for gardening, for ecology, for sustainable living, and were able to work with professional gardening staff from the Greater Newark Conservancy to help beautify our campus. Water and snacks were provided.
April 23rd at the Greater Newark Conservancy there were (two shifts, 10- 11:30am or 12:30 - 2 p.m.)
We volunteered at one of the most beautiful places in our city -- the Greater Newark Conservancy. we toured the gardens, learn about sustainability and help with planting.
All volunteers received a free organic cotton Earth Day Every Day tee shirt.
Want to know more about what Earth Day is like at R U-N? Check out this video:
Research with an Environmental Impact
For many faculty at Rutgers University-Newark, Earth Day truly is every day. The scope of their teaching and research demonstrates the many facets of environmental stewardship. Learn more
Our Gardens in the News
- Urban Wilderness at Rutgers: a hotspot for biodiversity Described as a “bio-diversity haven,” the two large planters on the Norman Samuels Plaza at Rutgers University-Newark have been created by hundreds of Earth Day student volunteers, working with staff members, faculty from the Dept. of Biological Sciences, and horticulture professionals from the nearby Greater Newark Conservancy. Consecutive years of Earth Day activities have resulted in a huge increase in the number of native plant species growing in the planters, providing a wildlife habitat that is largely self-sustainable, as well as notable media coverage.
- Star-Ledger: An ecological urban wild land sprouts in Newark
More Volunteer Activities
In April 2013 we worked on the sustainable gardens on campus, learned about biodiversity, and volunteered at the Greater Newark Conservancy.
n September 2012, we added a border of bushes and sustainable flowering plants around the edge of one planter. Thanks to all the volunteers that rolled up their sleeves and helped!
In April 2012 we once again had a great group of volunteers over two days. On April 16th, we planted a sustainable garden in front of the entrance to University Square. On Wednesday, April 18th, volunteers went to the Newark Conservancy's Urban Garden.
- April 2012 At University Square.
Photo gallery (including the dramatic before + after).
- April 2012 At the Newark Conservancy's Urban Environmental & Ecological Center.