April Showers Bring May Flowers

Celebrate Earth Week with SMC's Eco-Action Club by learning about Environmental Equity, the protection from environmental hazards as well as access to environmental benefits, regardless of income, race, and other characteristics.

All events are from 11:15am - 12:30pm

Monday, April 18 (Zoom link) -  Financing climate destruction and sacrificing neighborhoods for cheap power using your money. How does the financial sector impact equity and how to vote with your dollars in big and small ways.
Speaker: Jackie Fielder, Stop the Money Pipeline


Tuesday, April 19 (Zoom link)- Food Equity and Security. How disparities exist in access to healthy food between different communities in the same region.
Speaker: Lizzy Moore, Dean of Institutional Advancement


Wednesday, April 20 (Zoom link) - Equity for indigenous people’s rights. Hear from front-line activists in Colombia about anti-fracking; environmental conflicts; attacks on human rights and the assassinations of environmental leaders who stand up to defend their land.
Speaker: Luisa Acuna from Bucaramanga, Colombia and Madelyn Hoffman from Colombia Grassroot Support

Thursday, April 21 (Zoom link) - Environmental Justice. Why are some neighborhoods burdened with soil, air and water pollution more than others? How does that impact residents and what can data do to change things?
Speaker: Bhavna Shamasunder, Urban & Environmental Policy & Public Health, Occidental College


Friday, April 22 (7:00-9:30pm)  Movie Screening of The Lorax, a classic by Dr. Seuss. This movie is in-person with limited capacity. No extra credit for attending this event. Main campus quad (RSVP required and capacity is limited). A.S. merch and snacks provided. Hosted by the AS.

April 29 to May 2 - CITY NATURE CHALLENGE. Be a citizen scientist by taking photos of wild plants and animals in your neighborhood (video). This will help scientists to know what species are around, what stage of life, and how many, so that they may better protect them. Steps to participate and get extra credit:

  • Download the iNaturalist app
  • Create a profile
  • Take photos
  • Upload to app
Faculty can offer extra credit to their students.

Students must first, sign up on this google form (required to get extra credit) so we can send them a “Knowledge Check” after the event to prove attendance. A list of names of students who answer correctly will be sent to each professor.


Sign Up for a Green Bin

The International Education Center and the Government Relations / Institutional Communications department volunteered to get a green bin for compost. Your office could be next!

The new green bin is serviced twice a week by the SMC Recycle Team, and instead of going to landfill, the food waste and other organic materials are sent to American Organics to be processed into nutrient rich soil that can be used on farms.

Watch this 2 minute youtube video to learn about American Organics state of the art composting facility! (Click the image)

Your department can also have a green bin for compost! Email to sign up. 

Recycling Tip of the Month
Only recycle hard plastic containers! Soft plastic film (wrappers, chip bags, plastic bags, etc.) are NOT recyclable on campus or in your curbside recycling bin at home.

Food & Nutrition Workshop
by Andrew Smith at the Bodega 

Wednesday, April 20 at 1:30-3:30 in the Organic Learning Garden for a garden/nutrition tour and container garden demo and 2:45-3:30 virtually for a nutrition presentation. View this flier for more information.

Join the Environmental Affairs Committee

Want to get involved in driving SMC towards sustainability? Join the Environmental Affair’s Committee. The Environmental Affairs Committee (EAC) serves as the Senate's and the College's resource and recommending body on academic and professional matters related to the environment, ecological literacy and greening the curriculum.


The committee meets on the first and third Thursday of the month from 3:30 p.m.- 4:30 p.m. by Zoom. Membership: Faculty and Administrators (2:1 ratio)


The Committee serves as the Senate's and the College's resource and recommending body on academic and professional matters related to the environment, ecological literacy and greening the curriculum.


  • Support the Sustainability Center.

  • Support the continued development and growth of ecological literacy and the continued Greening of the Curriculum at the College.

  • Support efforts to enhance the College's sustainability.

  • Facilitate partnerships to enhance and develop College environmental programs.

  • Work with the Associated Students, the District Planning and Advisory Council, and other College committees to address environmental concerns at the College.

  • Sponsor environmentally relevant activities and programs at the college.

Sign Up for a SaMo Pass

Santa Monica residents can sign up for a local SaMo Pass through the VEO app or by calling 855-836-2256. $1 unlock fee is waived.

Sustainable Works Events
  • Sustainable Works Silent Auction Fundraiser
  • Sustainable Quality Awards business event.
    • Please join us in celebrating the 2022 Sustainable Quality Award (SQA) business winners at this year’s virtual ceremony on April 27th at 12:00pm. SQA recognizes businesses that excel in the areas of economic development, social responsibility, and stewardship of the environment. 
    • Visit for details and registration. Special $10 rate for SMC students! (*register with SMC email)
    • See flyer.
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