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Earth Day graphicAre you looking for a meaningful and fun way to celebrate Earth Day this year? Look no further than UCOP!

An enthusiastic team orchestrated by OP Staff Assembly is organizing Earth Day (April 22) and Earth Week (April 21–25) events designed to build awareness, to support the UC Oakland Partnership and to help make UCOP and our Oakland community cleaner and greener.

Events include student posters, speakers, an Earth Day Fair and drawing for prizes, all culminating in a volunteer cleanup day, Saturday, April 26, near Lake Merritt.

Here’s what’s in store:

Monday, April 21, 12 to 1 p.m., Earth Day Fair in Frankly lobby

The Franklin lobby will be bustling with visitors and tables hosted by Building Services, the East Bay Bike Coalition, and BART on public transit, recycling at UCOP, Bike to Work Day and more. There will be a drawing for a UCOP Oakland t-shirt, BART swag and other items as well as 10 students from UC Berkeley’s Student Environmental Resource Center presenting their projects.

Monday, April 21 through Friday, April 25, Franklin, Kaiser and 20th St. buildings

UCOP’s Less-Paper/Paper-Less Initiative is sponsoring an information campaign, recycling drive and contest all week, with the goal of “digging out” of unnecessary non-record materials cluttering your office. Find more details and resources on how to determine what’s a record and what is not.

Tuesday, April 22, 12 to 1 p.m., Brown Bag in 10325 Franklin

Doug Parker, director of the California Institute for Water Resources and Principal Publications Coordinator Kathleen Wong of the Natural Reserve System will speak about the challenges and opportunities facing management of California’s water resources and climate change adaptation. Sign up by sending an email by April 15 to

Saturday, April 26, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Earth Day volunteer cleanup

Come out to help clean, weed and plant around Lake Merritt. OP staff, their families and friends are invited to join in the cleanup and beautification effort at Channel Park, a segment of the channel between Lake Merritt and the Oakland estuary. You can sign up on Google Docs or email

Have questions or want to get involved in other ways? Contact Tracy FitzGerald at And look for updates in Link in the coming weeks.

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