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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! 

2018 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) 6th Annual Bra Recycling Drive: all month;
  • 3) The School of Fashion C.L.A.S.S. Education: The Smart Choice in Creating Fashion; October 16
  • 4) Game Day Challenge; October 20th
  • 5) BSCI Seminar: What does the biogeography of biodiversity change look like in the Anthropocene?; October 26
  • 6) Department of Geography Palmer Lecture Series; October 26

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

Mayor Jerry Fiala signed a proclamation, to go into effect October 1, 2018, making October 2018 '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

6th Annual Bra Recycling Drive

6th 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 9, 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 Phyllis Zumkehr County Clothing Center, and worn-out bras will be recycled by the Bra Recyclers. As a reminder clothing can be dropped out to the Career Closet at the Women's Center and clothing not used for the Career Closet is donated to the Phyllis Zumkehr County Clothing Center. 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 2, or sent via intercampus mail.

The School of Fashion C.L.A.S.S. Education: The Smart Choice in Creating Fashion October 16
3:45-5:00pm
Rockwell Hall Auditorium 231

Open to all. This is your invitation to see, feel and understand why brands are sourcing smart innovations. James Mendolia, Co-founder C.L.A.S.S. Education, will engage attendees’ senses as they realize smart innovation as the new standard for fashion. Smart innovation optimizes creativity through means of responsible
sourcing alternatives that offer a new generation of values. Mendolia discusses design responsibility, as well as the designer and merchandisers' new roles as he
presents innovative smart materials certified with sustainable credentials. These innovations, in comparison to conventional materials offer significant reductions in water, CO2, chemicals and energy to empower like-minded fashion professionals and emerging talents to transform their design thinking process and move from a linear to a circular economy business model. 

The School of Fashion

Call for Volunteers: Football Game Day Challenge October 20 

Call for Volunteers Football Game Day Challenge Website

FOOTBALL GAME DAY CHALLENGE SATURDAY OCTOBER 20, 2017: 3:30PM VS The University of Akron

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 17 including information about parking and meeting locations.

Shift 1 Tailgating Shift time: 2 hours 2:30pm-4:30pm
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 8. 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

BSCI Seminar: What does the biogeography of biodiversity change look like in the Anthropocene?
October 26
12-1:00pm
Cunningham 013

What does the biogeography of biodiversity change look like in the Anthropocene? Sarah Supp, Denison University
BSCI Seminar

Department of Geography Palmer Lecture Series 
October 26
1:15pm
McGilvery 234

"Effects of urban development processes on stream low flows" Dr. Aditi Bhaskar, Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Colorado State University 
Department of Geography