Campus Sustainability Month
October is Campus Sustainability Month!
AASHE invites organizations to join us in celebrating Campus Sustainability Month (CSM) throughout October!
CSM provides an unparalleled series of opportunities to engage and inspire incoming students and other campus stakeholders to become leaders for sustainability. It’s also a great opportunity to raise awareness of the value of sustainability in higher education. Learn more about CSM.
How You Can Participate
Register for the webinar - "Preparing for Campus Sustainability Month 2016," scheduled for 3-4:30PM ET on September 7, will provide ideas on how you can participate and leverage this international event to promote sustainability on your campus. Check out the recording of last year's webinar "Campus Sustainability Month - Opportunities to Engage" for additional ideas.
Develop a schedule of events for your campus - CSM activities can include announcements of new sustainability commitments, award ceremonies, tree plantings, teach-ins, conferences, nature walks, green product showcases, sustainability competitions, power plant tours or information fairs. There are also many engagement opportunities in October that you can incorporate in your plans, including:
Get out the vote - Given the potential significance of the upcoming elections for sustainability, we are encouraging US participants to include a focus on getting students informed, registered and excited to vote. Organizations like ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge, NextGen Climate, Campus Vote Project and Campus Election Engagement Project offer tools and resources to assist with this.
Share your plans and promote CSM - Tell us what you have planned for CSM and use #CampusSustainabilityMonth to share your successes via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Use our promotional toolkit to get the word out about your institution’s participation.
We will be hosting a sustainability activity in the lobby of a residence hall. The activity will most likely be Jeopardy-styled, but geared towards sustainability topics. We will also be serving snacks and giving tours of our new Sustainability Living Learning Community Suite, which is equipped with features such as a waste analysis station, food composter, and hand powered washing machine.