The first Earth Day was celebrated nationwide on April 22, 1970 as an urgent call to address pressing environmental challenges of the time. Today, we face even more daunting challenges, including climate change. This year, Georgia Tech is dedicating a full month of events and attention to our Earth Month Theme, "Invest in Our Planet".
Earth Day has a long history at Georgia Tech. First celebrated in 1996, the Georgia Tech Earth Day Festival was one of the nation's largest celebrations of Earth Day on a college campus for many years.
During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, Georgia Tech transitioned for the first time to a primarily virtual format. Since the return to an in-person format in 2021, Georgia Tech has stretched its Earth Day Celebration - now Earth Month - throughout the entire month of April.
Provide educational opportunities to students, staff, and faculty on sustainability practices they can make at Georgia Tech and in their personal lives.
Highlight sustainability successes, achievements, and champions at Georgia Tech.
Model sustainable practices for campus sustainability.
The theme for Earth Month 2023 is "Invest in Our Planet". More information and resources about this theme can be found at the EARTHDAY.ORG, the international Earth Day organizer.
Earth Month All Year
Although we highlight Georgia Tech's sustainability work in April, our efforts last all year. Below are just a few Earth Month activities that are accessible year round:
Kendeda Revolving Closet: Drop off your lightly used clothes and find outfit gems all while reducing your consumption impact at the Kendeda Revolving Closet, which is permenantly located in the basement of the Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design. Learn More
Campus Garden Volunteering: There are opportunities throughout the year to get your hands dirty in gardens around campus. Learn More
Hard to Recycle Materials: Georgia Tech collects hard to recycle materials in a variety of locations all year long. Learn More