Monday October 16, 2017

Celebrating Sustainability

The University of Dayton will continue working toward a more sustainable world with a week of free, public activities Oct. 22-28 to tout green living.

* 1-4 p.m. Oct. 22: The Rivers Institute will help clean the Great Miami River across from River Campus to kick off sustainability week.

* 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 23, Science Center Lobby: Bug Bake Sale. Pay $1 to eat a bug. Proceeds will go to Hurricane Harvey relief. Assistant biology professor Chelse Prather's lab is studying coastal tall grass prairies near Houston. "There are only 0.1 percent of these remaining and their loss is largely why the flooding is so damaging in Houston," Prather said. "We'd like to raise money for relief efforts in a fun way while also raising awareness about one of lab's interests — entomophagy, or eating insects, which is likely to be an extremely important part of sustainable food systems as human populations grow." 

* 1-5 p.m. Oct. 24, Humanities Plaza: At the Sustainability Week Farmers Market, local vendors and community organizations will sell fresh produce and handcrafted products. Shoppers can learn about the benefits of supporting the local economy.

* 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25, Sears Recital Hall: Minimalism screening. Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus help more than 20 million people live with less through their website, books, podcast and documentary. The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Forbes, TIME, ABC, CBS, NBC, BBC, CBC and NPR have featured their work. This is in conjunction to the Minimalists' UD Speaker Series event Oct. 26.

* 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26, Kennedy Union Ballroom: The Minimalists' UD Speakers Series event. Please see the related link for more info.

* 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26, ArtStreet Amphitheater: The student group New Abolitionist Movement will hold a fair trade fashion show.

* 2-5 p.m. Oct. 27, ArtStreet: The Sustainability Week cookout will feature free food and live student bands.

* 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Oct. 28: Hike to clean up Madison Lake Park, 581 Olive Road in Dayton.

Throughout the week: First-year residence halls and Kennedy Union will have collection bins for the Sustainability Week clothing drive.

UD Sustainability Club students plan Sustainability Week with support from following sponsors: the Hanley Sustainability Institute, University of Dayton Rivers Institute, the University of Dayton Speakers Series, University of Dayton Dining Services and Rumpke.

The University of Dayton is a signatory of Second Nature's Carbon Commitment, committing the University to being carbon neutral by 2050, and is listed in The Princeton Review's "Guide to 373 Green Colleges, 2017." The University also has earned a STARS silver rating in the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System for its sustainability achievements.

For more information, contact Shawn Robinson, associate director of news and communications, at 937-229-3391 or srobinson@udayton.edu.

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