Campus Sustainability Day Events at LSU Set for October 24
Sustainability group recounts successes, promotes awareness
BATON ROUGE – In recognition of the growth LSU has achieved in sustainability initiatives since the inception of LSU Campus Sustainability in 2008, the university will recognize the 10th annual National Campus Sustainability Day on Wednesday, Oct. 24, with a day of events aimed at promoting sustainable practices.
A nationwide initiative of the Society for College and University Planning, Campus Sustainability Day promotes awareness of the day as a time to reflect on LSU’s growth as a sustainable university, and to recognize new ways that the university can continue improvement in this area.
“Campus Sustainability Day is about recognizing the efforts the university has taken in order to green its footprint, and raising awareness of how the university and its students can continue to lead the university down a more environmentally friendly path,” said Ian Gutch, executive director of campus services and sustainability for LSU Student Government.
Students, faculty and staff are invited to view and take part in a special interactive online broadcast, “Preparing Students for a Changing Climate” from 1-2:30 p.m. During the program, a live panel will discuss the role colleges and universities must play in creating sustainability education for all students in order to prepare the next generation of leaders to continue the movement to a healthy and sustainable society. Featuring Geoffrey Chase, leader of the Ponderosa Project; Julie Elzanati, Director of the Illinois Green Economy Network; Neil Weissman, Provost of Dickinson College; and Debra Johnson, founder of the Pratt Design Incubator for Sustainable Innovation, the panel invites questions from the audience to discuss best practices for creating ecological curriculum, advancing experiential and living laboratory learning and engaging faculty and the surrounding community in meaningful and critical education. A recording of the broadcast will be made available shortly after the event for those unable to view it live. To register for and view the broadcast, visit http://secondnature.org/csd/keynote-broadcast.html.
From 8 a.m. to noon, volunteers will be preparing land and planting trees to bring healthy, fresh and free fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers to the LSU community. This sustainable edible landscaping event will take place at the peninsula between the University Recreation Education Complex and the Horticulture Hill Farm Teaching Facility, near the East Campus Apartments parking lot.
Beginning at 11 a.m., students are also invited to commit to making their homes more sustainable by stopping by the LSU dining halls during the day to make a “Pledge to Live Green.”
As part of the day’s events, LSU will also take part in the national Food Day recognition. Food Day is a nationwide campaign to change the way Americans eat and think about food. Organized by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, Food Day encourages people around the country to sponsor or participate in activities that encourage Americans to “eat real” and support healthy, affordable food grown in a sustainable, humane way. To learn more about Food Day, visit http://www.foodday.org.
In conjunction with National Campus Sustainability Day, a bike auction will be held on Tower Drive between Coates Hall and Free Speech Alley from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bicycles left abandoned on campus over the summer and collected by the LSU Office of Parking, Traffic and Transportation will be auctioned. Pictures of the bikes and their starting prices have been placed on the Student Government Facebook event page. To learn more, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/361187773965632/.
Wrapping up the day of activities will be a film screening at 6 p.m. in the rotunda of the LSU Coast and Environment Building of the documentary “Last Call at the Oasis.” Developed, financed and executive produced by Participant Media, the company responsible for “An Inconvenient Truth,” “Food, Inc.” and “Waiting For Superman,” “Last Call at the Oasis” presents a powerful argument for why the global water crisis will be the central issue facing the world this century. More information on the film can be found at http://lastcallattheoasis.com.
Since LSU Campus Sustainability was created, the university has made many significant strides in becoming a greener, more environmentally friendly campus. Recycling efforts at football games and during large campus events, such as the annual Fall Fest student welcoming event, is at an all-time high. More than a thousand bike racks have been installed on campus in order to encourage cycling as an emission-free mode of transportation. The annual UNPLUG event, which pits on-campus resident students against each other in an energy-conservation competition, has been a great success, saving the university money in electricity consumption and winning a LA DEQ Environmental Leadership Award for its innovative nature. PwrSmart™, a PC energy management software, has also been installed on campus computers.
“Everyone can participate in sustainable activities at LSU,” said Marsha Cuddeback, professor in the LSU College of Art & Design and chair of the LSU Sustainability Curriculum in Education. “There’s something for every interest group and everyone can make a difference. It begins with small steps – taking a class, joining a group, or simply making better choices about how we lead our lives. We are fortunate because our campus provides so many opportunities to get involved.”
Events for the day are organized by the LSU Sustainability Curriculum in Education Committee and the LSU Campus Sustainability class, HORT 4012. Sponsors for the day’s events include LSU Residential Life, the LSU College of Engineering and LSU Student Government.
For additional information on Campus Sustainability Day events at LSU or to learn more about LSU Campus Sustainability, visit http://sustainability.lsu.edu.