The University of Northern Colorado will celebrate an extended Earth Week April 12-22 with a variety of free events highlighted by an April 14 keynote address and concert by 16-year-old climate-change activist and hip-hot artist Xiuhtezcatl Martinez.
Martinez, of Boulder, will speak at 7 p.m. and then perform selections from his new album, "Break Free," in UNC's Garden Theatre, south of Carter Hall.
A youth director of Earth Guardians, a worldwide conservation organization, Martinez has given TED talks and addressed the General Assembly of the United Nations about environmentalism. His work has been featured on PBS, Showtime, National Geographic, Rolling Stone, Vogue, CNN, MSNBC, HBO, VICE, and more.
In 2013, he received the United States Community Service Award from President Barack Obama, and was the youngest of 24 national change-makers chosen to serve on the president's youth council. Related: Video of Xiuhtezcatl Martinez's music
Here's the complete schedule for the celebration, organized by UNC's Student Leadership for Environmental Action Fund (Student LEAF):
Wednesday, April 12
8-10 p.m., University Center Ballrooms
Test your environmental knowledge and win prizes.
Monday, April 17
Wolf Sanctuary Demonstration
1-3 p.m., Turner Green
Presenters from the Wolf Sanctuary will display one of their rescued wolves and provide information about the conservation of wolves and how we can help habituate healthy habitats.
Tuesday, April 18
Carbon Cube Display
All Day, Ross Hall Courtyard (east side of building)
UNC's resource conservation partner, McKinstry, will provide an informational display that will include a physical representation of one-eighth of a carbon ton in a 14-foot by 14-foot by 14-foot cube made from PVC pipe. They'll also calculate your carbon footprint to see how much carbon you emit in a year and show how you can alter your impact. Guest speaker at noon.
Wednesday, April 19
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Longs Peak Ballroom, University Center
Visit tables hosted by local sustainable businesses and hear from motivated community members in the environmental field. Gather information and collect punches on your "passport" to win merchandise from UNC's Student LEAF (Leadership for Environmental Action Fund).
Thursday, April 20
10 a.m.-2 p.m. West Patio, University Center
Free Student LEAF shirts and dye will be available for individuals to create their own groovy masterpiece.
1:30-3 p.m., Gunter Green
Stop by for free yoga, volleyball and smoothies.
Friday, April 21
Arbor Day Tree Planting and Tree USA Presentation
9 a.m., South Side of Ross Hall
Three flowering crabapple trees will be planted and UNC will be presented with its Tree Campus USA designation for the fifth consecutive year.
Eighth Annual Shred Fest
11 a.m.-1 p.m., East Side of Kepner Hall Parking Lot
Get rid of your old, sensitive office or personal documents and electronics
in a secure way at no cost. For a list of acceptable electronics, visit
Thrift Store Prom
7-11 p.m., Cheeba Hut, 1645 8th Ave., Greeley
Wear your best "thrifted" outfit. Those that rise to the occasion will receive prizes such as a Student LEAF "swag" pack, a soda stream or various gift cards.
Saturday, April 22
Frolf (Disc Golf) Tournament
10 a.m.-2 p.m., UNC Disc Golf Course
End Earth Week with a day outside competing in a disc golf tournament. Gather information and your score card from the McKee breezeway table during the event. Overall best competitor will win a set of disc golf discs.
Every day during Earth Week, Student LEAF will have an informational table set up in the McKee Breezeway. With fun environmental themes of the day such as "Save the Bees," a vegan bake sale hosted by YES (Youth for the Environment and Sustainability) and various demonstrations of environmental issues and solutions.
View the UNC Earth Week 2017 Poster (PDF)