- “Student Garden Volunteer Days” – Thursdays from 4-7PM @ the MU Student Gardens (Behind the Career Services Center). Come join us for a work day in the student gardens! Students, staff, and faculty are all welcome. This month, we will begin planting spring and summer crops, as well as flowering plants for our Butterfly and VIP gardens, so extra hands would be greatly appreciated.
- “Meatless Mondays” – join us in the “Meatless Mondays” challenge. Eating less meat reduces demand, greenhouse gas
emissions, water pollution, and our carbon footprint, all from changing one simple meal choice. All dining halls offer meatless options, too, so it is super easy.
- MAY 12th – “Wednesday Market Days” – Come visit our booth @ the MU Student Center every Wednesday, starting May 6th. You can share a donation and take home some great fresh produce from the MU Student Gardens. Portions of our harvests also go to the Facing Hunger Foodbank.
- MAY 16 – Tour DePath – 10am-12pm @ the Sustainability Fair, Heritage Station, 210 11th St.
- MAY 16 – “2015 Sustainability Fair“: The MU Sustainability Department, Sustainable Living for WV, Tour DePATH, the Living Local Project, the Greater Huntington Park and Recreation District, and many others, are hosting a community fair centered around celebrating local efforts and educating the community on what it means to be Sustainable: to sustain ourselves, and flourish, while providing the same and better for future generations. A multitude of workshops, demonstrations, and lectures will be offered by participants from across the region. Live musicians, performers, artisans and crafts people will showcase what it means to create sustainably. Activities will offer fun and learning for the whole family. For more information, visit: www.livinglocalwv.com and www.sustainablelivingforwv.org.
Our Earth Day event on Aprill 22nd at the MU Student Center was a success! A wild variety of workshops, presenters, and participants filled our event with green and sustainable learning opportunities. Visitors both young and old were entertained and engaged, had some great fun, and celebrated our green earth. Over 40 local organizations, groups and businesses were at our Earth Day event to share their commitment to our planet, and promote real action that will create a stronger, healthier, happier community. For more information, you can also email us at BeMarshallGreen@marshall.edu, or contact our event coordinator Capri Billings at firstname.lastname@example.org, (304)690-5611. www.marshall.edu/sustainability/earth-day-2015/
The Green Roof installation at the new Engineering Complex went so well, it is hard to believe. We had over 90 volunteers show up to help out, and we finished early, before 3pm! Couldn’t ask for better than that.
The Marshall University Sustainability Department will be participating in a campus health fair titled “Live Happy Health Day” from 11am-1pm on Wednesday March 25th. The fair is presented by the MU Student Association of Nutrition and Dietetics (MU SANDS), and will encompass the many things that make up a healthy lifestyle.
Bike Loan program opens March 1st!
Reduce Your Carbon Footprint with Eco Cycles: Starting March 1st, students, faculty, and staff, or anyone with a Rec Center pass, will be able to check out an Ecocycle bike for FREE. READ MORE
Check out our second MU Sustainability Department video: Reduce Your Carbon Footprint by borrowing a bike for free through the Eco Cycle Bike Loan Program
Our Sustainability videos are on Marshall’s Youtube page at http://www.youtube.com/user/HerdVideo.
We look to create a new Sustainability video each month! Future Sustainability segments will include the Recycling program, the Sustainability Gardens, Energy Efficiency, and more! We’d like to thank University Communications for all their help with our Public Relations efforts.
To checkout a bicycle, come to the Main Desk at the Recreation Center.
Membership is “Free” to all students, faculty, staff, and Recreation Center members.
All you need is:
– your student or staff ID
– a debit or credit card (to reserve the bike)
For more information go the the EcoCycle webpage!
What You Eat Matters!
Turning off the lights, not letting the water run while brushing your teeth, reducing and recycling, riding a bike instead of driving, using reusable bags at the grocery store; these are usually the first things that come to mind when you think about living more sustainable. However, one of the most effective ways to go green, is to change your food choices.
Every time you sit down to eat, you can choose a better future for you and future generations. Eating lower on the food chain will help create more sustainable food systems that not only benefits us, but the entire planet.
Stop by our table at the MU Student Center on FEB 23rd to find simple delicious recipes (a new one each week), and a list of veg friendly dining/shopping close to campus!
Download our Flyer Here: Meatless Monday flyer – PDF
A big heart-felt THANK YOU goes out to the Dunn Foundation, who awarded the MU Sustainability Department a $5,000 grant to help us with our education outreach efforts, and to help us install signage along our campus Green Tour trail. Keep your eyes open this spring for new signs and fun interactive activities.
Food Day, 100 Mile Meal, and Campus Sustainability Day all a success!
At Towers Market Place on Oct. 23rd, the MU Student Association of Nutrition and Diatetics, in partnership with MU Dining Services and the MU Sustainability Department, hosted a wonderful 100 Mile Meal, highlighting excellent locally sourced foods from area farmers and producers. On Oct. 24th, MU SAND and the Sustainability Department continued our education outreach, as a celebration of both National Food Day and Campus Sustainability Day.
MU Water Festival – Success!
The Marshall University Water Festival was a Success! Tomi M. Bergstrom, Western Watershed Basin Coordinator for the WVDEP, said we had over 200 children from St. Joseph Catholic School, Central City Elementary School, and Vinson Middle School attend this year’s festival. Thanks to everyone who helped make the experience successful and meaningful.
“It’s not about what it is, it’s about what it can become.” –Dr. Seuss, The Lorax