The logo for EarthWorks as of Fall, 2019.

EarthWorks… positive change through education and action.

EarthWorks is an ambitious initiative spearheaded by students, staff and faculty from the University's Biology, English, Geography, Liberal Studies, Tourism and Outdoor Recreation, Motion Picture Arts and Documentary Film programs and beyond.

Students participating in three lectures and one environmental restoration event per term receive an EarthWorks notation on their transcript. Co-curricular credits can also be earned for volunteer work.


Educate and inspire students as well as members of the campus and the local community to understand complex environmental issues from a multi-disciplinary perspective, enabling all to take action for positive change.

The Pollinators
From the award-winning documentary The Pollinators.

Spring 2020 Lectures and Events

Brett Finlay
Wednesday, Jan. 22, 6 p.m.
BlueShore Theatre

Pioneer researcher, microbiologist and author of Let Them Eat DirtBrett Finlay joins us to talk about the link between the gut's microbiome and human health and disease. Finlay is the Peter Wall Distinguished Professor at the University of British Columbia and a world leader on the workings of bacterial infections.

Mobilizing Resources
Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2:30–5:30 p.m.
Lower cafeteria, Birch Building

EarthWorks hosts a community engagement event – Mobilizing Resources. Local Environmental Stewardship groups will be on campus to meet with students, faculty, staff and community members. Exhibits will provide information on each group’s mandate, goals, present projects and volunteer needs.

DG Blair
Wednesday, Feb. 12, 6 p.m.

BlueShore Theatre

Executive Director at the Stewardship Centre for British Columbia, DG Blair will speak to the mandate and initiatives of the Centre and to its role in supporting the ecological health of many of B.C.'s most valuable ecosystems through science-based stewardship project planning and action. Present projects include Green Shores® and Stewardship Practices for Wildlife and Species at Risk.

Mark Vaughan
Thursday, Mar. 5, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.

BOSA Theatre

In 2018, there were 359 million metric tonnes of plastic manufactured on Earth, a record high. This number is expected to increase for the foreseeable future. Faculty member, Mark Vaughan speaks to the world of plastics – What is plastic? Why are we so dependent on this class of chemicals? How do plastics harm ecosystems? What can we do about plastic pollution? And what kinds of materials might replace plastics? This lecture will explore these questions from a chemist's perspective, presenting recent advances in science and technology that may help us to clean up our mess and move away from plastics.

Film Screening, The Pollinators
Monday, Mar. 9, 6 p.m.
BOSA Theatre

Screening of the award-winning film The Pollinators. The documentary project covers the fundamental and essential role pollinators play in the security of global food systems, with a focus on conservation concerns over the use of neonicotinoids and fatal effects of pesticides on pollinators.

Campus Waste Audit
Tuesday, Mar. 10 – all day
Behind the Centre for Sport and Wellness

An annual event where the staggering volume of garbage collected one day is sorted and analyzed the next. Data collected provides information on the efficiency of our food use, waste streams and user compliance while guiding our campus waste management and sustainability goals. Always an enlightening experience!

Campus Environmental Restoration Events
Tuesday, Mar. 17 & Thursday, Nov. 26, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Meet in the Library courtyard

Invasive plant pull-outs and native plant put-ins coordinated with Jo-Ann Cook.

All events are free and open to students, staff, faculty and the public.