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
- Every Wednesday! – MU-Grown Vegetable Market: 11AM-2PM @ the MU Memorial Student Center, sponsored by the MU Sustainability Department. Make a donation to the Student Garden project and get fresh vegetables that were grown right here on campus
20th - “Meatless Mondays” at Harless Dining Hall from 10:30am-2:00pm – The Harless and Twin Towers dinning halls have joined together with the MU Sustainability Department in creating “Meatless Mondays”. Eating less meat reduces demand, and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
19-21 – WV Solid Waste Authority Conference @ Pullman Plaza – The Cabell County SWA has worked diligently to create and maintain numerous community recycling stations, and host regular E-Cycle events. The MU Sustainability Dept. feels it is very important to promote awareness of their efforts and participation in their events.
21st – (Tuesday) – Loving Appalachia @ MSC Plaza from 10am-3pm: Come celebrate our diverse, Wild and Wonderful Appalachia! There is so much to learn and appreciate in the physical and cultural landscapes that create our region, community, and university. And, the MU Sustainability Department will be there, so come find our table and learn just how sustainable our Appalachia can be. Sponsored by the Appalachian Studies Association (http://www.appalachianstudies.org).
23rd – (Thursday) – 100 Mile Meal Day @ Twin Towers from 4-7PM: This fall Marshall’s Student Association of Nutrition and Dietetics (MU SAND) is partnering with Dining Services and the Sustainability Department to host a 100 Mile Meal on October 23th in Towers Marketplace. Food for this dinner will be sourced within 100 miles of Marshall University, helping to support our area farmers and to create a more stable, sustainable economy.
24th – (Friday) – Campus Sustainability Day and Food Day @ the MU Student Center:
Campus Sustainability Day (CSD) (www.campussustainabilityday.org) is a time to recognize the successes, challenges, and innovations of sustainability in higher education on each campus. The theme for the upcoming Campus Sustainability Day is Empowering Change on Campus and in the Community. The change we are working for is to create a greener campus, which includes growing our food choices and policies to include MeatlessMondays, locally raised foods, composting of kitchen waste, and more. This is why we have partnered with MU SAND to merge our event with Food Day. Food Day (www.foodday.org) is a nationwide celebration of healthy, affordable and sustainably produce foods, and a grassroots campaign for better food policies. Food Day builds all year long, culminating on October 24. Food Day is an opportunity to support better local, state and federal food and nutrition policies, educate the public about healthy and sustainable diets, and push for change in the American food system. Last year, universities across the country played a major role in making the campaign an overwhelming success. Over 300 universities organized Food Day events from campus farmers markets to lectures and debates on a range of food issues. This year Marshall is joining the movement.
25th – EPA GameDay Recycling Challenge @ the MU Football Stadium. This will be a home game (http://www.herdzone.com/sports/m-footbl/sched/mars-m-footbl-sched.html). Join us in keeping our campus Marshall Green by helping recycle during Game Day. Lend a hand, pick up some litter, and recycle. The GameDay Recycling Challenge is a friendly competition for colleges and universities to promote waste reduction at their football games. During the challenge, colleges and universities implement waste reduction programs during home football games. Schools track and report waste reductions and disposal data that is used to rank the schools. The competition is run by a partnership of the College and University Recycling Coalition (CURC), RecycleMania, Keep America Beautiful (KAB) and EPA’s WasteWise program. (http://gamedaychallenge.org/)
27th - “Meatless Mondays” at the Twin Towers Market Place from 10:30am-2:00pm – The Harless and Twin Towers dinning halls have joined together with the MU Sustainability Department in creating “Meatless Mondays”. Eating less meat reduces demand, and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
29th - 2015 Sustainability Fair planning meeting @ Black Sheep from 6-7:30PM: We’ll be working on Live Music and other components of our 2015 Sustainability Fair event, scheduled for May 16th next year. Local musicians are local artists, and supporting local artists and businesses helps to create a stable sustainable local economy. Looking forward to meeting with everyone, eating some great food, and planning our first Sustainability Fair for Huntington, WV.
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.
“Growing Marshall Green: Student Gardens & Market Day”
Our first Sustainability video is now up on Marshall’s Youtube page at http://www.youtube.com/user/HerdVideo.
We look to create a new Sustainability video each month! Our first video was filmed in June at the Student Vegetable Garden, the Fresh Market, and the MU Greenhouse, showcasing all the many plants that are grown there. Future Sustainability segments will include our EcoCycle program, 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.
Make a donation to the Student Garden project and get fresh vegetables that were grown right here on campus!
What: Vegetable Market Days
When: Wednesdays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Memorial Student Center Plaza [inside on rainy days]
Sponsored by: The Sustainability Department
People are no longer permitted to pick from the gardens themselves, but are encouraged to check out the ripe vegetables at the market every Wednesday.
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!
REDUCE YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT
Leaving your car at home twice a week can cut greenhouse gas emissions by 1,600 pounds per year. If you commute to work, ask if you can work from home at least some days, and you’ll reduce air pollution and traffic congestion – and save money. More information: More Information from the EPA
Be sensible! The Earth might seem like it has abundant water, but in fact only one percent of all water on the planet is available for humans. Buy fixtures and products that are water efficient – you can use less water to get the same job done just as well. When you go shopping, look for the WaterSense label to find water efficient products.
OASIS Bottle Fill Stations
OASIS Bottle Fill Stations are installed throughout campus buildings.
Each fountain provides clean “Green” filtered, refrigerated water.
To learn more about the bottle fill stations, please click OASIS.
“The Facts About Bottled Water”, click bottle.