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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

  1. 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.

  2. Sign up to screen a movie - Thanks to a special offer from Bullfrog Films, AASHE members have the opportunity to screen one of four movies on their campus during CSM at a discounted rate!

  3. 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:

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

Participating Organizations

Berea College - USGBC Green Apple Day of Service

Berea, KY

Berea College students thru the Office of Sustainability will be participating in the USGBC Green Apple Day of Service. The project includes working with pre-school students at the Child Development Lab, the on campus day care center for children of non traditional students, staff, faculty, and community members. The service project will be to use recycled milk jugs to plant edible plants with each child and help them care for them over the winter and eat them come spring. We hope to foster a deep connection between our food and where it comes from.

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo - Cal Poly Sustainability Month

San Luis Obispo, California

Associated Students, Inc. at Cal Poly will celebrate sustainability month with the following events:

  • Week 1- Cal Poly Promise- To feature an address from President Armstrong and ASI President Colombini with the goal of informing students on the mission and vision for campus sustainability efforts
  • Week 2-Waste Prevention- Featuring a waste audit out front of the UU and a series of educational events hosted by the Zero Waste club
  • Week 3- Transportation week- Featuring a bike rodeo and a critical mass bike ride around inner-perimeter during UU hour to demonstrate campus support for biking to school
  • Week 4-Sustainability Showcase- Featuring activities from across campus

CCC Sustainability Committee - Stone Soup

Corning, NY

Stone soup is a tradition in the month of October here at Corning Community College. It is an opportunity to educate and feed students with local, preferable organic vegetables and herbs, cooked in a huge pot. They get a free snack or lunch and education about buying and supporting local business, farmers, and even the campus garden. It is always delicious group effort to get people thinking about our environment and where food comes from.

Chemeketa Community College - Chemeketa Sustainability Month Learning Experiences

Salem, OR

Each fall, Chemeketa hosts a series of sustainability learning experiences to engage and inspire the Chemeketa community to become leaders for sustainability. This year’s events include two challenges (EcoChallenge and the Oregon Drive Less Challenge), a day of service, and a talk from our community partner, Marion Polk Food Share.

Creighton University - Spirit of St. Francis events

Omaha, NE

To celebrate St. Francis, patron saint of the environment, Creighton University is hosting a series of events, including lectures, speaker panels, a luncheon, an awards ceremony, and more.

Dickinson College - Campus Sustainability Month: Food & Justice

Carlisle, PA

Dickinson will host a food-centered lecture series that includes interactive campus visits from Winona LaDuke and Psyche Williams-Forson. Additionally, events include a Sustain IT workshop on climate action projects, a town meeting that engages people from all segments of our local community in telling, listening to and sharing stories about our community, and a field trip to a local apiary. At Dickinson, we see campus sustainability month as a way to engage students, faculty and staff and community members together to learn, live, and act sustainably.

Global Greek Sustainability Initiative - 17 Days/17 Goals Awareness Campaign

Boston, MA

The Student Summit at the AASHE 2016 conference will mark the first of 17 days in which AASHE attendees and the Sorority/Fraternity community will harness their collective reach on social media to engage collegians on campuses across the country on issues and realities underlying each of the 17 United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. Each day will focus on a specific goal and issue an open call for more leaders and action that can help contribute to the post-2015 development agenda.

GreeniPhi - Why it's time to take the the "Fast" out of fast fashion

Your Campus, USA

Throughout the month of October, GreeniPhi will embark upon a national roadshow of college campuses to hold film screenings and discussions to engage sorority and fraternity college communities and leaders at the intersection of college affordability, fashion and social responsibility. Following a viewing of the documentary "The True Cost", students will have the opportunity to discuss the way their fashion choices impact the world, as well as learn how their involvement in the UN's Sustainable Development Goals can positively impact both their campus community and the world. Email to schedule a free event at your campus!

Green NAU - Better World Film Series

Flagstaff, AZ

We provide a free documentary film series (once a week) focusing on films related to various topics in sustainability. This year we have Trashed, Merchants of Doubt, Ridin' for the Brand, and The Future of Energy. The series shows our society's greatest challenges and celebrates the triumph of the human spirit as we strive to create a better world.

Lafayette College - Campus Sustainability Month: Food Justice

Easton, PA

"Greening Lafayette" plans to celebrate campus sustainability alongside the ECOrep theme of the month: Food. Launching with dining service's Eat Local Challenge, centered this year around bumper crops, the month will also feature volunteering at the college farm, a food ethics lecture by ethicist and Professor Paul Thompson, and a Halloween-themed food donation drive. With Lafayette's vibrant set of clubs and organizations, food recovery volunteering and documentary screenings will be added to the mix. Farm-to-fork activities and education will address local land use, health, social justice, and climate concerns.

Loyola University Maryland - No Impact Week

Baltimore, Maryland

We have planned No Impact Week around the Feast of St. Francis, Oct. 4. Each day will feature a different personal challenge around themes such as reducing waste & eating local. We've planned several events for the week around the themes including a local foods dinner on Oct. 6 and screening of the short film 'Disobedience' followed by a workshop on civil action. We'll wrap up the week with a day of service and a day of reflection.

Miami Dade College - Kendall Campus - Campus Sustainability Day

Miami, Florida

On Wednesday, October 26, 2016 from 10 am until 1 pm, Miami Dade College's (MDC) Kendall Campus will celebrate its fifth annual Campus Sustainability Day event, organized by MDC's Earth Ethics Institute. During this event, attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about sustainability, urban resiliency, and Earth Literacy topics from students presenting their research projects, architectural designs, and art work, as well from staff representing various departments sharing on-campus sustainability-related programs and resources. There will also be a special performance by MDC's Jubilation Dance Ensemble: “Kahina: A Tangled Root," with choreography by Professor Michelle Grant-Murray.

Michigan State University - Just Eat It - A food waste story move screening and panel discussion

East Lansing, MI

On October 20 MSU's Sustainability Department will be presenting a free screening and panel discussion event of the movie "Just Eat It - A food waste story" The diverse panel consists of MSU faculty and local area community members representing all facets of the issue presented in the film. The event is free to all MSU students and staff.

Northeastern University - Sustainability events, bike safety, LED light fair, film series

Boston, MA

Sustainability event 9/21 kicks off fall term - bike safety, LED lights, and more. 9/27 Film screening/discussion: Cowspiracy. 10/18 local food event + official launch Green Office Certification Program at Northeastern. Late Oct. film + discussion on sugar.

Pacific Lutheran University Residence Hall Association - UnPLUgged: PLU's Annual Energy Conservation Campaign

Tacoma, Washington

In partnership with student organizations across campus, including GREAN Club and Associated Students of PLU, RHA is hosting a month of UnPLUgged to encourage students to conserve energy in a campus-wide competition. To kick off the month, we're putting up flyers with energy conservation tips on residents' doors. During our homecoming week, we're hosting a sweater swap that benefits charity. Later in the month, we'll be featuring student performers during an UnPLUgged concert! We'll wrap it up at the end by announcing the winners of the energy conservation competition at an uncycled crafts event.

Saint Mary's College - Campus Sustainability Month Activities

Moraga, CA

  • Oct. 26 - Film screening "The True Cost" with clothing swap
  • Oct. 27 - Lecture on Food Waste by Dana Frasz, founder of Food Shift
  • Oct. 28 - Ecochella (concert powered by solar energy)

UALR - Sustainability Day

Little Rock, Arkansas

UALR will host a farmer's market event where vendors are able to sell their sustainable products and/or share their information. Electronic recycling for the community, local food trucks, pumpkin carving, environmental movies, recycling activities will be occurring in the center of campus.

University of Alberta - Sustainability Awareness Week

Edmonton, Alberta

Scheduled for October 24 to 28, 2016. Sustainability Awareness Week (also known as SAW) offers University of Alberta students, staff and faculty the chance to learn something new, discover how they can get involved and explore sustainability-related issues that are relevant to them. Dozens of free workshops, tours and lectures run across Augustana Campus, Campus Saint-Jean, Enterprise Square and North Campus. Events are hosted by the Office of Sustainability and organized by student groups, campus organizations and community organizations. Activities relating to economic, social and environmental sustainability highlight how individuals can make a positive difference.

University of Rhode Island - Sustainability LLC Open House

Kingston, RI

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.

Villanova University - Sustainable Career Panel

Villanova, PA

Hear from Villanova graduates on how they were able to make a sustainable career using their Villanova degree. Representatives from each undergraduate college will be present.