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Campus Sustainability Month

Kent State University is proud to participate in Campus Sustainability Month throughout October. This annual event, hosted by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), celebrates higher education sustainability achievements while raising awareness of the value of sustainability in higher education. During Campus Sustainability Month, institutions around the world engage and inspire incoming students and other campus stakeholders to become leaders for sustainability and celebrate successes.

To celebrate and kickoff a new year of sustainability advancements, we are hosting or are promoting sustainability-related events occurring during October at Kent State University listed below. 

We hope you will join as we celebrate our sustainability successes during #CampusSustainabilityMonth and throughout the rest of the year!

VIEW AASHE'S CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY MONTH INFO

Join us for a celebration of Campus Sustainability Month events at Kent State University! With your ideas, support, and involvement, campus sustainability advancements will continue throughout the year! 

2017 Kent State University Campus Sustainability Month Events
1) City of Kent Mayor Jerry Fiala signed a proclamation making October 'Sustainability Month' in the City of Kent. 2) Kent Green Energy Ohio Tour: October 1; 3) 5th Annual Bra Recycling Drive: all month; 4) College of Business Administration's Responsible Leadership Initiative & PRiME Time Thursday Snapchat: all month  5) The Fashion School Fabric Scrap Waste Display Fall 2017: all month 6) Fifth Annual Kent State University Water and Land Symposium: October 4 & 5  7) Game Day Challenge: October 14; and 8) The True Cost Documentary Showing, Q&A Panelist Discussion and tabling from sustainability-related fashion organizations: October 26 KIVA

Sustainability Month proclamation in the City of Kent by Mayor Jerry Fiala

Mayor Jerry Fiala signed a proclamation, to go into effect October 1, 2017, making October 2017 'Sustainability Month' in the City of Kent. The citizens of the City of Kent have a long history of working to protect and enhance the environment, economic, and social well-being of the community. Throughout the month of October the City of Kent Sustainability Commission encourages citizens and visitors to use sustainable methods of living such as clean alternative modes of transportation, water conservation, and recycling.

View the Sustainability Month Proclamation

City of Kent, Ohio Sustainability Commission

Kent Green Energy Ohio Tour Sunday October 1, 2017 1-4 p.m.

Kent Green Energy Ohio Tour Website
The Kent Green Energy Ohio Tour will take place Sunday October 1, 2017 from 1-4 p.m. at multiple locations at Kent State University and in the City of Kent, Ohio. This FREE self-guided open house tour features green technologies such as solar, green design, energy efficiency, and green buildings. The Kent Green Energy Ohio Tour provides opportunities for participants to view cost saving renewable energy solutions being used in the area. The Kent Green Energy Ohio Tour is part of the American Solar Energy Society’s 22nd Annual ASES National Solar Tour and the 15th Annual Green Energy Ohio Tour that highlights sites that are using innovative technologies that benefit the environment. While the Kent State University Fieldhouse Solar Array has been a part of the Greater Akron Solar Tour in the past, this is the first year for multiple tour sites in Portage County. The Kent Green Energy Ohio Tour is a joint event coordinated by the Kent State University Office of Sustainability and the City of Kent Sustainability Commission. 

This FREE event is an open house tour where participants can stop at the sites below at the times listed. Search the ASES and GEO website for tour site address and times in Kent, Ohio: http://www.ases.org/tour/locations

KENT CLEAN TRANSPORTATION CRUISE-IN 1-4P.M.

A Kent Clean Transportation Cruise-In is also taking place Sunday October 1, 2017 from 1-4p.m. as part of the tour in the downtown parking lot behind Panini’s Bar & Grill (295 S. Water Street, Kent, OH 44240).  The Cruise-In will feature alternative fueled vehicles (EV and hybrid models) as well as highlight local public and bike transportation options. The parking lot, which is bordered on the south by State Route 59 and on the north by Dan Smith Community Park, can be accessed via Locke Lane, a one-way street that runs from S. Water to Depeyster Street.   

5th Annual Bra Recycling Drive

5th Annual Bra Recycling Drive Website

Kent State University’s Office of Sustainability and the Women’s Center are hosting a bra recycling drive, October 1 through November 6, to collect reusable or worn-out bras and reduce the number of textiles in landfills. Bras that are in good condition will be donated to the Portage County Community Clothing Center, and worn-out bras will be recycled. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Women's Center offers screening mammograms to qualified Kent State employees, spouses and students in October and April.

Bras that are washed and clean can be dropped off at the Women’s Center Williamson House or at the Office of Sustainability at Suite 101 in Harbourt Hall from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m October 1 through November 6, or sent via intercampus mail.

College of Business Administration's Responsible Leadership Initiative

The College of Business Administration’s Responsible Leadership Initiative promotes business as a force for good and demonstrates through practice and research how business can drive achievement of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals established in 2016 by the United Nations Global Compact. The Responsible Leadership Initiative is supported by the College of Business Administration’s core values of respect, ethics, collaboration and a sense of purpose in all we do. The College introduced the Responsible Leadership Initiative in Fall 2017, after becoming an advanced signatory to Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) and an associate member of the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative (GRLI) in Spring 2017. Both organizations are supported by AACSB, our international accrediting body, which advocates that colleges and schools of business teach business as a force for good throughout the world.The Sustainable Development Goals provide a framework and common language for educating students on how to create and lead responsible business initiatives that contribute value to workers, communities and the environment in addition to generating profits.

College of Business Administration Responsible Leadership Initiative

PRIME TIME THURSDAY SNAPCHAT

PRiME Time Thursday takes over the College’s Snapchat every Thursday to highlight a sustainable development goal and how the business community is helping.
SNAPCHAT: @kentstateCOBA

The Fashion School Fabric Scrap Display Fall 2017

The Fashion School will be piloting a fabric scrap recycling program this year. During Fall 2017 semester, all the fabric scraps the Fashion School generates will be on display in the 2nd floor lobby. Examples of faculty upcycled design garments are also included in the display case.

5th Annual Kent State University Water and Land Symposium: Oct. 4 & 5

5th Annual Kent State University Water and Land Symposium Website

Kent State’s 5th annual Water and Land symposium will provide a forum for today’s understandings of natural systems and contemporary innovative design approaches for improving cities and society. Topics of conservation/recreation; living materials/fabrication; and sustainable/urbanism will create discussion on the limits of knowledge and the road to greater environmental responsibility. Held on October 4th and 5th 2017, this symposium will attract more than 300 attendees from the many universities, federal, state and regional agencies, and private companies that populate northeastern Ohio and surrounding states. This year we are delighted to have Tim Beatley, who is an internationally recognized researcher and author who has focused on the creation and maintenance of green cities and sustainable urban planning. He has focused on creative strategies that cities can use to reduce their ecological footprints, showing how we can make cities more livable places. Dr. Beatley developed the term ‘green urbanism’ and uses it to describe the planning process used to create a sustainable city.

The second day of the conference will highlight new approaches to a variety of environmental and social issues through distinguished speakers and formal and informal discussions. A plenary session will set the stage for breakout sessions and posters in the afternoon. Breakout sessions will focus on “Conservation and Recreation,” “Living Materials,” and “Sustainable Urbanism.” These breakout sessions will be linked to poster sessions and will provide an opportunity for more specific discussions focused on key underlying issues. Registration is free and open to the public.

Hosted by the College of Arts and Sciences. We promote this event during Campus Sustainability Month as a sustainability-related event occurring on campus during the month of October.

Call for Volunteers: Football Game Day Challenge October 14

Call for Volunteers Football Game Day Challenge Website

FOOTBALL GAME DAY CHALLENGE SATURDAY OCTOBER 14, 2017: 3:30PM VS MIAMI UNIVERSITY

Call for Volunteers at Kent State University Game Day Challenge!
Do you like football? Are you committed to reducing landfill waste? The Kent State University Office of Sustainability is RECRUITING volunteers to educate fans on what can be recycled, hand out recycling bags and collect recyclables. Help out the planet while rooting on the Golden Flashes at GAME DAY CHALLENGE!  Can we have the highest recycling rate compared to ANY other college or university in game day challenge? We need your help!

 A final email reminder will be sent to volunteers October 11 including information about parking and meeting locations.

Shift 1 Tailgating Shift time: 2 hours 2:00pm-4:00pm
Volunteers will be patrolling the area around 20 recycling bins in the tailgating area. Duties include: encouraging tailgating fans to recycle, handing out blue bags to fans, and collecting recyclables in blue bags.

Shift 2  In Stadium During the Game Shift time: 2 hours 3:30pm-5:30pm
Volunteers will be stationed at trash/recycle bins near concessions, front gates, and throughout the stadium. Duties include: helping fans understand what they can recycle near the bins, encouraging fans to recycle, and collecting recyclables. 

Shift 3 In Stadium During and After the Game Shift time 1.5 hours 5:30pm-7:00pm
Volunteers will be stationed at trash/recycle bins near concessions, front gates, and throughout the stadium. At the end of the game, volunteers will be collecting recyclables and throughout the stadium and seating area after the game. Duties include: helping fans understand what they can recycle near the bins, and encouraging fans to recycle, and collecting recyclables. At the end of the game, duties include: collecting recyclables from the seating area after the game.

If you're interested in volunteering please fill out the volunteer form on the link below by October 10. Volunteers will be emailed reminders about start time, meeting locations, and free volunteer parking. Sign up to volunteer using the form here: https://www.kent.edu/sustainability/game-day-challenge

The True Cost Documentary Showing, Q&A Panelist Discussion October 26 KIVA

Learn about sustainability in the fashion industry, engage in understanding consumer power from the Q&A panel following the documentary, and take action in the sustainability movement visiting various sustainability fashion organizations after the event. 

Free event open to the public. 100 Flashperks event.

About The True Cost Documentary Showing 5:30pm-7:00pm

"This is a story about clothing. It’s about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing?Filmed in countries all over the world, from the brightest runways to the darkest slums, and featuring interviews with the world’s leading influencers including Stella McCartney, Livia Firth and Vandana Shiva, The True Cost is an unprecedented project that invites us on an eye opening journey around the world and into the lives of the many people and places behind our clothes."- The True Cost

Question and Answer Panelist Discussion 7:00PM

Panelists include Fashion School Professors Noel Palomo-Lovinski and William Perrine, Fashion Student Tahany Huerta, and Anne Face, a representative from the Portage County Clothing Center.

Tabling 7:00PM- 8:00pm

Various organizations will have information during the tabling event. Organizations that will be tabling include: Kent State Career Closet, Student Organizations: oikos Kent and Global Fashion Citizens, Portage County Clothing Center, Socially Responsible Sweatshop of Kent, Ohio, and the City of Kent Sustainability Commission. Donate your usable clothing to Kent State Career Closet, which makes professional clothing available for free to students who can use it and Portage County Clothing Center, a non profit organization that makes clothing available for free for those who can use it. A Bra Recycling Donation bin will also be available, worn-out bras will be recycled and usable bras will be sent to the Portage County Clothing Center.

CLOTHING DONATION DROP-OFF OCTOBER 26 KIVA 5:30-8PM

There is a clothing donation drop-off opportunity for students to donate clothing to the Kent State Career Closet, Portage County Clothing Center, and to recycle bras with the 5th Annual Bra Recycling Drive on October 26 in the KIVA lobby from 5:30-8pm. The Kent State Career Closet makes professional clothing available for free to students and the Portage County Clothing Center is a non-profit organization that makes clothing available for free to anyone who can use it. There is a Bra Recycling Drive during the month of October with the Women’s Center and the Office of Sustainability. Worn-out bras will be recycled and bras that are usable will be sent to the Portage County Clothing Center. Clothing donations can be dropped off in the KIVA lobby October 26 5:30-8pm. 
Professional clothing donations are accepted year-round by the Kent State Career Closet. Any type of clothing is accepted by the Portage County Clothing Center year-round. The 5th Annual Bra Recycling Drive is held every October by the Women’s Center and the Office of Sustainability.