This environmental celebration was started by EcoSikh (USA) in 2010 as a part of Generational Change Programme initiated by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC), UK. It is celebrated across the six continents as a tribute to Guru Har Rai Ji, the seventh Sikh Guru, who is remembered in the Sikh history for his deep sensitivity to nature and its preservation. March 14, marks the enthronement day of Guru Har Rai Ji and the opening of New Year as per traditional Sikh calendar
Sikh Environment Day aims to sensitise society/students of all age, social, religious and academic institutions and organisations. From the last eight years, hundreds of schools, colleges, and other institutions have been celebrating Sikh Environment Day in various ways like creating vehicle free campus, cleanliness drives around the campus, tree plantation, seminars, poster making, organic farmer fests and environment awareness walks around the campus.