Held every October, Campus Sustainability Month is an international celebration of sustainability in higher education. Throughout the month, colleges and universities organize events on campus and elsewhere to engage and inspire incoming students and other campus stakeholders to become sustainability change agents. These events include teach-ins, sustainability pledge drives, zero-energy concerts, waste audits, green sporting events, letter writing campaigns, service projects and much more!
The goal of CSM is to raise the visibility of campus sustainability and provide campus sustainability advocates with a platform through which to deepen campus engagement around sustainability. It provides an excellent opportunity to recruit new leaders and set goals for the rest of the year. It serves as a complement to Earth Day, which is held April 22 each year, and is often a time for celebration and recognition of the good work that took place over the course of the academic year.
Campus Sustainability Month grew out of Campus Sustainability Day, which was first organized in October 2003 by the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) and has typically been celebrated on the fourth Wednesday in October. From 2003-2010, SCUP led the production of an annual anchor webcast on CSD that was intended to incite conversation and analysis of the campus sustainability movement. The webcast was co-produced and live streamed with The New York Times Knowledge Network from 2008-2010. In 2011, a team of organizations and partners came together to more broadly engage the higher education community in CSD through the creation of a website for sharing events and conversations hosted by AASHE, and continuing an expanded anchor webcast hosted by Second Nature. In 2015, in recognition of the growth of the campus sustainability community since 2003 and with the support of a variety of CSD partner organizations, AASHE expanded on the CSD concept to create Campus Sustainability Month.