Campus Sustainability Day (CSD) is an annual celebration of sustainability in higher education. Every October, colleges and universities are encouraged to create events to recognize the achievements of, and challenges for, the tens of thousands of students, faculty and staff working to instill sustainability principles in higher education institutions and their surrounding communities.
Campus Sustainability Day is Wednesday, October 23, and we are rolling out some great programs and initiatives.
Safe Bicycle Commuting: A Bicyclist's Guide to Surviving in Traffic
12:00 - 12:50pm
Yes, it's a pain to drive the car to school or work! Sick of getting stuck in traffic? Sick of gas bills? You KNOW it's contributing to climate change! You'd LOVE to ditch the car, but riding a bike in rush hour is … well … kind of scary, right? It doesn't have to be. In fact, it's fun if you know the tricks! Lifelong bicyclist, veteran of Trans-America and Great Divide tours, and regular commuter Brian Managan, along with "newbie" cyclists Jim Downer and Jason Smith, will show you how to easily save money and reduce stress by cycling your way to car-free freedom!
Webcast- Climate Adaptation: Resilient Campuses & Communities
2:00 - 3:30pm
The theme for the upcoming Campus Sustainability Day is “Climate Adaptation: Resilient Campuses & Communities.” Campuses are invited to join this webcast for a discussion from higher education and climate leaders on the role of campuses in adapting to a changing climate, innovations in climate resilience and mitigation, and community partnerships. The broadcast will feature presentations and a discussion from panelists, touching on leadership and practical issues related to campuses, community, and addressing both opportunity and responsibility in a changing climate.
Res Hall Sustainability Fair
Canal Hall Lobby
Students are invited to come and learn more about what they can do in the res halls and in their community to be sustainable. Partnering with Bob King and Grow Monroe, residents are invited to walk around the lobby checking out different stations. We have everything from potting your own plant in a recyclable container to making your very own reusable shopping bag!
Sodexo’s Mug Program: Beginning Wednesday, every time you use ANY reusable mug you will receive 10 cents off the purchase price of your coffee, tea or fountain beverage. You can purchase the “Choose to Reuse” Mug for only $2.50 or bring in your own mug. Sizes 12 oz. to 22 oz. please!
You Have Been Spotted: Also beginning Wednesday, at MCC Dining Services we want to encourage the use of reusable mugs. Dining Service employees will seek out and “spot” students and faculty who use a refillable mug on campus and present them with a coupon redeemable for one 16 oz. coffee, tea or fountain beverage at any Sodexo retail facility.
Other things to look for:
SEGA: At DCC, will be handing out cups in their office and have students sign off that they will not use plastic water bottles. They will also have a drawing for a few students who participate to win water bottles as well.
Publications: They are going to print large 22x34 posters (5) for each of their large windows in the Publications Center with simple sustainability tips for students in the following five areas: res halls, bathrooms, classrooms, dining areas, and grocery stores. Be sure to stop by the Publications Center to see these great tips!
Bookstore: New recycle bins will be located at the Brighton Bookstore on the first and second floor and at the Damon Bookstore location on the 4th floor. The bookstore also partners with One Planet Books Box, a recycling program that ensures that each book is properly destroyed and re-purposed. Once shredded, the recycled books are used to create a product of free sheet and mixed grade bales for major sustainable companies, including Kimberly-Clark, to create products such as napkins or tissues!
Brought to you by the Sustainability Steering Committee.
Housing and Residence Life