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 kick off a new year of sustainability advancements, we are hosting or are promoting the 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!

The theme for this year’s Campus Sustainability Month is Nonpartisan Engagement and the November elections.


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

  • City of Kent Mayor Jerry Fiala signed a proclamation making October 'Sustainability Month' in the City of Kent.
  • 6th Annual Bra Recycling Drive: all month;
  • City and Community Studies Initiative; Oct. 8
  • Kent State Votes; Oct. 9
  • Voters and Candidates Face2Face; Oct. 13
  • Community Engaged Learning: Volunteer Fair Oct. 16
  • Dining Services Apple Fest - Farm to Fork Thursday; Oct.18
  • Game Day Challenge; Oct. 20
  • Dining Services Fair Trade Coffee Event; Oct. 25
  • The School of Fashion C.L.A.S.S. Education: The Smart Choice in Creating Fashion; Oct. 25
  • BSCI Seminar: What does the biogeography of biodiversity change look like in the Anthropocene?; Oct. 26
  • Department of Geography Palmer Lecture Series; Oct. 26
  • Community Engaged Learning: Make a Difference Day; Tree Planting in Cuyahoga Valley National Park Oct. 27
  • Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch; Nov. 15 

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

Mayor Jerry Fiala signed a proclamation, to go into effect Oct. 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 2, 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 M-F 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tri Towers Desk 24 hours a day 7 days a week; Student Recreation and Wellness Center Fall hours M-Th 5:30 a.m. -11 p.m., F 5:30 a.m.- 10 p.m., Sat. and Sun. 7 a.m.- 8 p.m.; 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 to the Women's Center or Office of Sustainability.

City and Community Studies Initiative Oct. 8
6-8 p.m.
Kent Hotel and Conference Center Bar 215 S. Depeyster Street Kent, Ohio

Jen Rubin discusses her book, "We Are Staying: 80 years in the Life of a Family, a Store, and a Neighborhood" , the social policies and historical trends that both helped and hurt the family's business and her experience writing a historical memoir of a family owned business. Jen Rubin is a former New Yorker living in Madison, WI. She has worked for social change throughout her career. Jen leads storytelling workshops around Madison, co-produces the Moth StorySlam in Madison, and teaches the occasional social policy class at the University of Wisconsin School of Social Work. She also works at the Wisconsin Historical Society Press.

Kent State Votes Oct. 9
Last Day to Register to Vote for November Elections

In Ohio, the deadline to register to vote in the November 2018 election is Oct. 9, 2018.

View Voter Registration Information

Voters and Candidates: Face2Face Oct. 13
9:30-11:30 a.m.
United Methodist Church of Christ 1435 E. Main St, Kent, OH 44240

This is an opportunity for voters to speak directly to Portage County Candidates in a small group environment.  FREE & Open to the Public.Talk with local candidates in small group setting.Opportunities to ask questions.Candidates move from table-to-table. Inviting candidates in the following races: Ohio House of Representatives - 13th District, Portage County Commissioner (two contested races), Portage County Auditor, State Representative - 75th District, Ohio State Board of Education - 7th District.

Voters and Candidates: Face2Face Information

Community Engaged Learning 2018 Volunteer Fair Oct. 16
1-3 p.m.
Kent State University Student Center 2nd Floor

The 2018 Volunteer Fair will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 16, from 1-3 p.m. on the 2nd Floor of the Kent Student Center! 

The fair allows students to meet and talk with representatives from community organizations who are looking for volunteers.

Possible volunteer experiences represented at the fair include:
•    Working with children/adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities
•    Hospice volunteering
•    Serving retail stores that sell used goods
•    Anti-poverty initiatives

Whether you're looking to connect more with the community or add more experiences to your resume, this is the perfect opportunity--make sure you're there to take advantage!

Community Engaged Learning

Dining Services Apple Fest- Farm to Fork Oct. 18
11 a.m.-11p.m.
Kent State Student Center Market Dining Hall

Join Dining Services sustainability coordinator and local farmer as they hand out free apples from a local orchard!

Apple Fest Farm to Fork

Call for Volunteers: Football Game Day Challenge Oct. 20 
2 hour shifts from 2:30-7 p.m.
Dix Stadium

Call for Volunteers Football Game Day Challenge Website

FOOTBALL GAME DAY CHALLENGE SATURDAY OCT. 20, 2018: 3:30 P.M. 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 including information about parking and meeting locations.

Shift 1 Tailgating Shift time: 2 hours 2:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
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 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
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 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
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. Volunteers will be emailed reminders about start time, meeting locations, and free volunteer parking. Sign up to volunteer using the form here:

Dining Services Fair Trade Coffee Event Oct. 25 
1-3 p.m.
Kent State Student Center 2nd Floor

Join Sustainability Coordinator for University Dining Services on the second floor of the Student Center along the windows to taste Fair Trade and Rainforest Alliance Certified coffees from Caribou Coffee, Crimson Cup, Starbucks and Bent Tree. There will also be a Fair Trade snack from Kashi and Naked Juices provided by Pepsi Co. 


The School of Fashion C.L.A.S.S. Education: The Smart Choice in Creating Fashion Oct. 25
3:45-5 p.m.
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

BSCI Seminar: What does the biogeography of biodiversity change look like in the Anthropocene?
Oct. 26
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 
Oct. 26
1:15 p.m.
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

Community Engaged Learning Make a Difference Day: Cuyahoga Valley National Park Tree Planting Oct. 27 

By planting trees, you are restoring the natural habitat of your national park and benefiting both the environment and your community. You will use shovels to dig holes for native trees, hammer in stakes beside newly planted trees, and cover trees with deer tubes for protection. This project helps to fill in the tree canopy, creating less fragmented habitat for wildlife. Native Tree Planting rates as a moderate to strenuous physical activity and requires the ability to hike 2 miles over uneven terrain. Do you want to make a positive lasting impact on the environment in Cuyahoga Valley National Park? Join your fellow volunteers in celebrating Make A Difference Day on October 27 by planting native trees! If you have any question please contact: (Pizza lunch and transportation is provided) Note: This is hard work. Please dress weather appropriate.

Sign up to volunteer

Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch Screening
Nov. 15
5 p.m.
Kent State Student Center KIVA

EVERY single piece of plastic that has ever been created since the 19th century is still SOMEWHERE on our planet. So if it never goes away, where does it go? Thousands of miles away from civilization, Midway Atoll is in one of the most remote places on earth. And yet its become ground zero for The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, syphoning plastics from three distant continents. In this independent documentary film, journalist/filmmaker Angela Sun travels on a personal journey of discovery to uncover this mysterious phenomenon. Along the way she meets scientists, researchers, influencers, and volunteers who shed light on the effects of our rabid plastic consumption and learns the problem is more insidious than we could have ever imagined.

Q & A Panel Discussion 6 p. m.

A panelist Q & A session will take place following the film. Panelists include:

  • Diane Bickett, Executive Director of Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District
  • Kristeena Blaser, Aramark Sustainability Coordinator
  • David Costello, Center for Ecology and Natural Resource  Sustainability  
  • David DuBois, Institute for Sustainable Enterprise

Tabling 4:30- 5 p. m. and Following the Discussion

Plastic Paradise