Campus Sustainability Month
October is Campus Sustainability Month!
Building on the long standing success of Campus Sustainability Day (historically held on the 4th Wednesday in October), AASHE is inviting campuses to join us in celebrating Campus Sustainability Month throughout the month of October! The month will provide an unparalleled series of opportunities to engage and inspire incoming students and other campus stakeholders to become sustainability change agents.
In 2015, these opportunities include:
- Project Green Challenge 2015 (Oct. 1-31);
- Kill The Cup University Challenge (Oct. 5-30);
- Connecticut Campus Sustainability Week (Oct. 5-9);
- The #CleanEnergyU live tweet-a-thon dialogue with clean energy leaders (Oct. 14-28);
- Northwest Earth Institute’s 2015 EcoChallenge (Oct. 15-29);
- Global Climate Change Week (Oct. 19-25);
- Food Day (Oct. 24); and, of course,
- AASHE 2015 Conference & Expo (Oct. 25-28).
Institutions of higher education, non-profits, and businesses can celebrate Campus Sustainability Month by organizing one or more events during the month of October. These events might include: announcements of new sustainability commitments or accomplishments, film screenings, award ceremonies, tree plantings, teach-ins, conferences, nature walks, green product showcases, sustainability competitions, power plant tours, information fairs and more! Learn more about Campus Sustainability Month.
Watch AASHE's webinar "Campus Sustainability Month - Opportunities to Engage" (originally broadcast Aug. 26, 2015) to learn about how you can participate and how to leverage this international event to promote sustainability on your campus.
We challenge the entire campus to use responsible energy behaviors starting with a Fall Break Shutdown and extending for four weeks. Students, staff and faculty are educated and engaged through fun events such as Yoga & Meditation in the Dark, an uplugged open mic, night-time bonfire and music events. All electricity savings realized during the Challenge are used to fund student supported sustainability projects. Past projects have included a 24 panel solar array and the installation of a dozen filtered water bottle refill stations.
Bowling Green, Ohio
BGSU will have an entire week's worth of sustainability-related events from October 5th through 10th! A speaker, film, service projects, thrift sale, and "Green Game Day" at Saturday's home football game are just some of the events planned, with as much student involvement as possible.
Lancaster (DFW Metroplex), TX
At CVC we celebrate Campus Sustainability every year, since 2013. We always show videos on how to be more sustainable. Have the students, faculty and employees pledge to be better stewards of our planet. This year we will be giving away green prizes for all who participate! Everyone who supports sustainability please wear green! We will also be showing what our faculty, students and employees have been doing with the Living Lab Initiatives. That started with a campus wide assessment of the major problems that could be solved with the students and faculty members. Location: Middle level of D building
The students are putting on a drag trash to fashion show in collaboration with Forge Northwest. The Sustainability Office and the Office of College Life are working with the county and student and community volunteers to put on the community's first "Repair Fair." Volunteer will be on hand to instruct guests on how to repair their own items. We are focusing on: bike repairs, string replacement for instruments, small appliances, sewing repairs, tool care and knife/scissor sharpening. In addition, our staff and students are participating in a volunteer day, a collaborative recycled art fundraiser and ecochallenges.
Orangeburg , South Carolina
Claflin University will help celebrate Campus Sustainability Month by initiating a " Turn Off The Lights" campaign on campus. We have also invited Pandora Thomas with Earthseed Consulting, to speak to our Freshman Class about Sustainability. Finally we close out the month by participating in a citywide litter pick up campaign.
A celebration of St. Francis's feast day, along with several reading groups dedicated to Laudato Si highlight the festivities this year. We will also present the second annual Spirit of St. Francis Sustainability Award.
We are holding our 3rd Annual Denison Fair Food Festival sharing the work of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, the Student Farmworker Alliance, and the Alliance for Fair Food! On 10/8 at 830PM we will screen the award winning new documentary Food Chains, focusing on the CIW's Fair Food Program followed by a panel led by Ohio Fair Food. We will also have a Poster Making Session from 1130-130PM that day. This is one event of many happening at Denison University in celebration of Campus Sustainability Month!
Eastern Connecticut State University is participating in Campus Sustainability Week a program of the Connecticut Alliance for Campus Sustainability. We will be hosting several on campus events including green tours, showing of the documentary 'Reuse' and Green Themed Yoga.
All cities , All states
In honor of Fair Trade Month, we’ll be hosting a photo contest that showcases America’s love for Fair Trade products! The 2015 Fair Trade Photofest begins October 1st and runs through October 31st.PACT-Group To enter the contest, post a photo of a Fair Trade product on your personal Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #FTCampaigns. Each of the first three weeks of October will have a theme. The photo with the most votes each week wins a Fair Trade Prize Pack full of goodies and gift cards! Two lucky people will win a the grand prize trip to Mexico!
Fort Myers, Florida
Our campus will be celebrating Campus Sustainability Month with these events and service opportunities: Veg-Out & Kale Day: October 1, 11:30am – 9:30pm; Farmers Market: October 6 & 20, 8am – 4pm; Weigh the Waste – Service Learning: October 6, 11:30am – 9:30pm; Eagle's Pride Campus Cleanup: October 14 & 30, 9am – 12pm; Student Government Environmental Documentary Screening: Oct 19; Seafood Day: October 19, 11:30am – 9:30pm; Green Halloween: Oct 22; Recycle Reset: October 23, 1pm – 4pm; Make a Difference Day: Oct 24; Estero Bay Region: A Retrospective: Oct 29; Resiliency and Adaptation in the Estero Bay Region: Oct 30;
FHSU students participated in Campus Sustainability Day! They presented on overpopulation, endangered species, and the plight of monarch butterflies, honeybees, and migratory birds. They also handed out condoms to highlight the importance of contraceptive use in an overpopulated world.
Our campus will be celebrating Campus Sustainability Month with these events: Sustainability Pledge; DIY: Green Cleaning Solution; Hawaii Energy Check Presentation: Monday,October 19, 11:00am – 1:00pm; 15th Annual Hawaii Build & Buy Green Conference: Wednesday, October 21, 8am – 4pm; Sustainability Fair: Thursday, October 22, 11:00am – 1:00pm; "Sustainability and Energy: A New Beginning or a Dead End?":Thursday, October 22, 1:00pm – 2:00 pm; Global Issues Lecture Series -Natural and Human Induced Climatic Change": Friday, October 23, 1:15pm – 2:45pm; Halloween Funfest-Sustainability: Friday,October 23,5:00pm-8:00pm; Friday, October 23, 8:00pm-10:00pm; Farmer's Market : Saturday, October 24, 4:00pm – 7:00pm
Through a joint effort between The Green Umbrella student organization and Office of Sustainability, National Campus Sustainability Month will be celebrated with an outdoor tabling event, offering opportunities to learn more about sustainability activities and accomplishments and sign-up to get involved. Sustainability-minded student organizations, campus groups and community businesses will be highlighting their events, initiatives, and products. Free bike tune-ups and reusable mug refills of coffee or hot chocolate will be provided as well as opportunities to earn green and sustainable prizes. Food donations will also be collected for The SHOP, our Student Food Pantry.
Our month will be jam packed with projects to better our environment. One activity we have is where we clean up a street we adopted in our town and recycle all recyclables and throw away all trash on the street once a week! We want to encourage many other organizations to do the same so we will be reaching out to others and listing the steps and benefits of doing so!
This October, don't be spooked by all the styrofoam lurking in your lab, or shriek eek over e-waste! As part of Campus Sustainability Month, the Johns Hopkins University Office of Sustainability, Homewood Recycling and Hopkins LIFE are teaming up to host recycling drives on the East Baltimore and Homewood campuses. When and Where: East Baltimore 9AM-5PM, MRB Prefunction area (near the fountain) Homewood Campus 11AM-2PM, Krieger Hall Breezeway What: Office and lab electronics (anything with a cord) and batteries Clean Styrofoam with #6 symbol and packing peanuts (in a bag or otherwise contained) Please no food or chemical/biohazard contamination!
Kent State University is celebrating with events throughout October: 1) Bra Recycling Drive all month; 2) HR Wellness Walk and Talk Fall Foliage; 3) KSU's disAbility Awareness Bike Ride 4) Recreational Services Lunchtime Adventure Talks; 5) Third Annual KSU Water Symposium 6) Game Day Challenge; 7) Recreational Services Halloween Costume Bike Ride 8) Ohio Schools Campus Sustainability Month Social Media Celebration Participant https://twitter.com/KentStateSusty/lists/oh-campus-sustainability
Earth Common Journal: Convergence Volume 5(1) 2015 is launching its 5th annual publication to celebrate student research work and publishing. This peer-reviewed, student managed, and student published international journal focuses on three critical global topics: sustainability, conservation, and climate change. This year's issue provides research articles on the theme of "convergence," which examines how different resources, methods, and approaches can be combined to provide sustainable solutions. Listen to students talk about their research studies published in the journal. Enjoy sustainable, local, and organic food while supporting and learning the Earth Common Journal.
In a session entitled, "From College to Your Career," college representatives will describe programs and career services including internships, co-ops, and job placement. Representatives from five colleges and universities will be participating: Antioch University, Boston Architectural College, Clark University, The Conway School, and UMass Boston.
On October 28, 2015, Miami Dade College's Kendall Campus will celebrate its fourth annual Campus Sustainability Day event, featuring: student-created research displays, projects and artwork; edible plant seedlings sale; e-waste recycling; commuter services sign-up; information about sustainability-related programs for students, faculty and staff; and more.
East Lansing, Michigan
In an effort to address some of the most urgent environmental issues facing our world today, Michigan State University is inviting students across the state to design cost-effective, energy-efficient and design-centric solar installations that can be integrated into a campus landscape. MSU's Energy Innovation Award and Student Solar Design Competition will recognize students who are advancing sustainability through their commitment to clean energy innovation.
Blue Bell and Pottstown, PA
MCCC will hold Campus Sustainability block parties on Oct. 20 (West Campus) and Oct. 21 (Central Campus). Both days will feature informational and interactive exhibits on a variety of “green” topics, including alt energy and transportation, e- and rental textbooks, farm-to-table produce, e-waste collection & more. On Oct. 22, MCCC will also host a high school Sustainability Career Day, presented by Communities in Motion, as well as video conference presentation, titled "Open is Sustainable," by Dr. Cable Green, Director of Global Learning at Creative Commons.
A month long list of engagement activities is listed on our website. We are giving away gift cards and other prizes for participation by our campus community including our students, staff, faculty and community members.
Daily events and activities to highlight NAU Campus Dining sustainability initiatives and programs!
Highland Heights, Kentucky
NKU Green is teaming up with Environmental Studies, First Year Programs, and the Center for Civic Engagement to bring water-themed sustainability programming and events to campus. Students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend a documentary viewing, Walk for Water, stream cleanup, and facilitated discussions throughout the entire fall 2015 semester. On October 21st, the Environmentally Concerned Organization of Students will be hosting a tap water vs. bottled water taste testing and starting an “Every Drop Counts” campaign.
During October and November, Northwestern hosts "Green Cup," a competition between residence halls, Greek houses and off-campus residents to reduce energy and water usage. The month will be filled with events educating students about how to live sustainably and engaging them in environmental community service, and students will get points for their teams by attending events and reducing their energy and water footprints. In October Northwestern also plans to release its first Sustainability Strategic Plan and will be participating in KNOW TOMORROW, a national campaign to engage millennials around climate change (knowtomorrow.org).
Friday, October 2: Book Swap Sunday October 4: Sustainability Walking/Wheels Tour Tuesday, October 6: Recycled Halloween Costume Exchange Monday, October 12: Sustainability class registration Tuesday, October 20: Green Cleaning Workshop
San Diego, California
At this week-long celebration celebrating creation, we will have several events including a resource fair, movie screening, plant tour, trip to the farmer's market and more! This is our annual event to share with the university community about why stewardship is important and how they can get involved!
We are hosting our first annual Real Food Week, which will culminate with Food Day on October 24. Our goals are to inform the student body of the Real Food Movement, to raise awareness about our current initiatives, and to spark discussions on sustainable food policies at the campus, local, state, and national level. During Real Food Week, we will have daily events and a photo scavenger hunt. Some of our activities include a screening of the film “Growing Cities,” a community garden volunteering day, and a dinner forum to discuss sustainable food practices and issues at Rice.
St. Louis, Missouri
Live sustainability at SLU with many of our on and off campus events throughout the month, like the Trash Macbeth theater production, Men's and Women's Local Sustainable SLU soccer matches, Food Day Event and many more activities listed on our website.
San Francisco, CA
In partnership with the San Francisco Department of Environment, we will be serving free coffee for anyone who brings their own reusable mug. We are also passing out free, sustainably sourced and reusable mason jar coffee mugs (http://www.cuppow.com/) in exchange for a social media posting that promotes our event by using the hashtag: #SFThingToDo.
The SSC at the University of Arkansas plans to participate in Turning Green's Project Green Challenge, an international 30-day eco lifestyle challenge that focuses on helping high school and college students transition from conventional to conscious living. We are working to engage as many students as possible because we want to inform, empower and mobilize our student body to be global leaders in sustainable change. Project Green Challenge is the perfect educational tool for this with legitimate information and activities on a wide variety of sustainability initiatives, numerous prize incentives, and varying levels of participation to fit everyone's busy schedules.
This is the 3rd year in a row that the SSC at IUPUI will be organizing a celebration for Campus Sustainability Day since our founding in 2011. At this event, we plan to connect students with local organizations that are making a difference in their community with regards to sustainability; we are also going to use this day as an opportunity to educate students, faculty, and staff about our recycling program on campus. Student volunteers will be standing around waste/recycling receptacles on campus, and educating individuals about recycling do's-and-don'ts in the hopes of cultivating behavioral change on our campus.
Loch Sheldrake, NY
SUNY Sullivan's staff and students are bringing together many different organizations and departments in support of a month long campus wide sustainability event. Events include recycling exhibits, fresh produce from our Community Garden, sustainability tours, food waste composting exhibits, hybrid car show, National Kale Day celebration with smoothies and more, renewable energy tours, Food Day celebration with local apples and more, nutrition education, Meeting the Challenges of Food Insecurity display and other celebrations around Hispanic Heritage Month.
SPARC’s Kick Off event on Thursday Oct. 8 from 6-8p in West Philly! It’s an opportunity for students, faculty, administration, working professionals in sustainability, and other SPARC members to meet-and-greet with other like-minded leaders to connect and work together to make Philly’s campuses the most sustainable in the country.
Month-long series of events at Swarthmore & in the Philly area. Sample of events: Green Advisors Trash Audit; Sustainable Philadelphia Alliance of Regional Campuses Kick-Off Event; "Building Bridges": Pennsylvania Environmental Resource Consortium Fall Conference; Students for Environmental Action Activist Training at Temple; People’s Climate National Day of Action; Lecture by Eban Goodstein: “New Rules for Climate Protection – Student & Citizen Action to Change the Future”; Crum Woods Tree Planting; Linvilla Orchards Visit; Public Scholarship, Community Engagement Practice, and Sustainability Colloquium; Green Advisors Pumpkin Carving at the alternative Halloween Party.
Houston , Texas
On October 20th, 2015 TSU students will celebrate Home Depot presenting a $25,000 check for winning the national Retool Your School contest. Home Depot employees, students, and staff will also plant trees and flowers to beautify their campus.
Merced, San Jose
The Student Sustainability Council will be hosting the first annual EcoFest on October 29th from 10 AM to 3 PM in the Carol Tomlinson-Keasey Quadrangle. EcoFest will consistent of live performances & music, tons of educational opportunities for students to engage in sustainability, and lots of fun! There will be a competition between greek life called "Greeks Go Green." We are celebrating our continue support for Refill not Landfill by distributing over 1,000 reusable water bottles to the student community.
We are celebrating National Food Day by participating in the second annual NY Campus Crunch. Colleges across the state will take time out during the day to celebrate NY agriculture and the importance of purchasing local food by crunching into a NY state grown apple. We will also have lots of information on hand about the crops grown in NY and the farms from which we buy the food served in our dining halls.
Sustainability Awareness Week (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.
Celebrate World Food Day by raising your awareness of the dual issues of food waste and hunger. Students, faculty, staff, and the community at large are invited to attend a free screening of this acclaimed 2014 documentary that might change the way you think about food. The event will be held at 6:30 Pm on Thursday, October 15. The student group Razorback Food Recovery will begin with a discussion about food recovery efforts on the U of A campus, and there will be a post-film discussion to reflect on insights and impressions gained from the film.
The Office for Sustainability and the Outdoor Connection Center are excited to be co-hosting the second annual Bike Fest at the University of Arkansas on October 9, 2015. The event will take place from 12:30-3:30 Pm. Bike Fest is aimed at promoting cycling on and around the University of Arkansas campus and encouraging more citizens to think about cycling as an alternative mode of transportation. Register your bike for free; Get information, advice and tune-ups from the pros; Compete in a “slow bike race”; Enter a raffle to win a free bike and other prizes; Enjoy free food and beverages.
On October 2nd, the United Nations will be holding a discussion about the state of the world's efforts to subvert the effects of climate change. On that day, the organization, Know Tomorrow, is holding a national chain of events that will call colleges and universities across the country to demonstrate just how much their students care about issue via social media, informational booths, games and more. The University of Arkansas plans to host a Know Tomorrow event to raise awareness of climate change on our campus and inform our community on what we as individuals can do to help.
Interrelationships between health/wellness and sustainability will be explored. UFlourish Week (Oct. 5-9): events and activities will be held to increase knowledge, awareness and capacity for improved mental health in campus members. The Sustainability Resource Centre (SRC) will kick-off the week showcasing research and student projects in health/wellness. Farmer’s Market (Oct. 8): back by popular demand, the expanded event will connect the campus community with local farmers and their food to spark dialogue about sustainable food options. Sustainability Fair (Oct. 28-29): Sustainability clubs from across campus will gather at the SRC to promote their activities and recruit new members.
This October, UConn is celebrating Campus Sustainability Month with a variety of different events. The Office of Environmental Policy planned EcoMadness (a month long water and energy conservation competition) and put together a calendar to publicize events put on by UConn clubs, nearby farmers markets, and lecture series.
We have a week of events planned, including a film and discussion, keynote speaker, service opportunities, cruelty-free product giveaway, and more!
Students in the Sustainability Club design an annual week of sustainability action and education. 2015 events will include a food justice speaker, cruelty-free product give-away, service opportunities, and an energy conservation competition among Greek houses.
During the week of October 19th-24th, multiple events will be taking place on the University of Dayton campus. Each day has a different event planned to teach students the importance about living sustainably. Some of the events include: A guest speaker, Ellen Gustafson, a sustainable food activist, water sustainability movie night and panel, organic food cookout, and so much more!
A full week of events to celebrate and raise awareness in conjunction with Homecoming Week! Events include: • Monday Oct. 19 – Weigh the Waste (Ville Grill) • Monday Oct. 19 – Campus Sustainability Tour • Tuesday, Oct. 20 – Campus Arbor Day Observance, Tree Planting & Tree Tour • Wednesday, Oct. 21 – Campus Sustainability Day (Humanities Quad) • Thursday, Oct. 22 – Gray Street Farmers’ Market • Thursday, Oct. 22 – Single-Stream Recycling Center Tour • Friday, Oct. 23 – Locavore Dinner (Ville Grill) • UofL Free Store Open for donations or free 'shopping' (Unitas) • Saturday, Oct. 24 – Green Tailgating - Game-Day Recycling @HomecomingGame
UMass Amherst will be celebrating Sustainability Month with film screenings, special presentations, group discussions, student activities & a Halloween reuse clothing sale. Events: INHABIT: A Permaculture Perspective - Oct. 1, EPA Game Day Challenge - Oct. 3 & 17, Eco-Rep Trash Sort -Oct. 13, Passive House: Conservation-focused Design - Oct. 15, Talking Truth: Finding Your Voice around the Climate Crisis - Oct. 16 , Sustainable Halloween Costume Sale - Oct. 22 & 23, Garlic Planting Day - Oct. 23, Campus Green Building Resources: LEED and Beyond - Oct. 26 & 30, Integrative Learning Center Tour, Oct 28
The UT Dallas community will participate in its first annual Campus Sustainability Month this October, highlighting environmental issues such as roadside beautification and litter prevention to waste diversion & declining insect species. Operation Upcycle: Plastic Bag Jump Ropes - October 15, 11:00-1:00 PM. Students will transform plastic grocery bags into colorful jump-ropes for children at Healthy Zone schools. Viva Volunteer - October 24, 9:00-12:00 PM. Students will tend to the Monarch Waystation on campus, or assist with beautification projects at the UT Dallas Community Garden on National Make a Difference Day. Adopt a Highway Cleanup - October 29, 9:30-11:30 AM
The festival celebrates sustainability efforts at the University of Washington, highlighting contributions and leadership efforts across campus as well as providing opportunities for students, faculty and staff to get involved.
Villanova will host the second annual Mt. Trashmore, the collection and display of trash from our two larger dining halls on campus, a sustainable alumni panel, and campus tree tours. We will also be competing in the national Kill the Cup Campaign throughout the month of October, with the goal of encouraging more reusable cup usage on campus.
As the leaves are turning gold, campus is going green. VCU’s Office of Sustainability began the month by co-hosting an open house with RamBikes, VCU’s bike repair and resource center, on Friday, Oct. 2. The VCU community will celebrate the annual Campus Sustainability Day on Friday, Oct. 23. This year’s theme is sustainable food, and organizers are bringing in local, seasonal food and Richmond-region farmers to share their expertise. VCU's Learning Gardens Program, the Wellness Resource Center, VCU RamPantry, Green Unity and VCU Police, who will register bicycles, among the agencies, student groups and departments taking part.
Wheeling , West Virginia
On Oct. 22, students from Dr. Vishakha Maskey's class on sustainable living will be going around campus and sorting through the trashcans looking for recyclable material that was mistakenly pitched. This material will then be displayed and used as an educational lesson. The goal is to promote sustainability and educate our student body and staff on the amount of recyclables we throw away in just a few hours. We want to reinforce positive behavior while generating green awareness during Campus Sustainability Month.
New Haven, CT
The Yale Office of Sustainability is excited to announce that Celebrate Sustainability will take place October 5–9, 2015. This week-long series of events provides the Yale community with opportunities to recognize the successes, challenges, and innovations of sustainability at Yale. Celebrate Sustainability raises awareness and sparks campus-wide conversation about environmental, social, and economic priorities and accomplishments through a series of speakers and activities organized by groups across campus.