Previous Projects and Other Initiatives
End of Semester | Enviro Blow Out 2019
In December of 2019, the UEU put on an Enviro Blowout with more than 210 attendees, 6 arts activities, and 22 cultural and environmental groups represented to engage students with the environment. Dean Toddi Steelman of the Nicholas School served as a Keynote speaker. Students were able to join in on t-shirt screen printing, a Sustainable Duke thrift shop, free food, performances, a photo booth, arts and crafts, Dancakes pancake art, Henna, and more!
Climate Rally 2019
In September 2019, the UEU put together its first climate rally! The event featured 5 guest speakers, Locopops, voter registration, chants, and other opportunities for action. Speakers included William Barber III from the Poor People's Campaign, Nathan Iyer from Citizens Climate Lobby, Mich Rouse from the Sunrise Movement, Rebecca Hoeffler from Sustainable Duke, and Olivia August from NC WARN. The event garnered more than 110 attendees, and more than 160 letters were sent to local and state officials demanding climate action.
Earth Week 2019
The UEU held its first big event in April of 2019 with a week of environmental showcases and activities. Marjora Carter, Peabody Award Winning Broadcaster and social entrepreneur from the South Bronx, spoke on how the built environment can promote equitability in our communities and the importance of talent retention for these spaces. Her talk was a collaboration with Sustainable Duke, Duke Student Government, and Duke Student Wellness. During Earth Week, students also had the opportunity to plant trees with Duke landscaping, sample produce from the Campus Farm, tie-dye t-shirts, tour Duke's Chiller Plant with the Energy Club, learn from a Climate Panel with Environmental Alliance, and more!