Get your hands and feet dirty and help grow local campus produce.Mark your calendars for some great sustainability Coming Events!


  • 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.
  • Wednesday Market Days – Come visit our booth @ the MU Student Center every Wednesday from 11am-2pm. You can share a donation and take home some great fresh produce from the MU Student Gardens.
  • 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.
  • Campus Sustainability Month – Marshall University is joining organizations across the nation in participating in Campus Sustainability Month (CSM). During the month of October, we will host a series of events to encourage campus sustainability, including: Meatless Monday’s challenge, Wednesday Market Days, Thursday Volunteer Days, 100 Mile Meal, Tech Recycling Event with Goodwill, Green Lecture on Habitat for Humanity and Sustainable Homes, Sweet Potato Harvest at the Student Gardens, and a Hoop House Greenhouse Installation Event. For more information, visit:
  • Thurs. OCT. 20th100 Mile Meal event @ Towers Market Place 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 their second annual 100 Mile Meal on October 22nd 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. This event will be hosted in celebration of Food Day.
  • M2016-100milemeal-digital-signageon. OCT. 24th: Food Day ( 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.
  • tech-recyclingWed. OCT. 26th – Tech Recycling Event Bring your old computers, laptops, printers, copiers, cell phones, tablets, flat-screen monitors, etc. All technology items will be delivered to Goodwill Industries for donation, to support their programming.
  • Thurs. OCT. 27th – Green Lecture Series: Habitat for Humanity and Sustainable Homes, 2-4pm @ the MSC Don Morris Room, 2E18. Learn about how Habitat for Humanity is building homes for veterans and families in need, and being green in the process. All are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be provided.
    The Marshall University College of Business, Aetna Integrated Services, and The Marshall University Sustainability Department, in partnership with Habitatfor Humanity, are hosting this free educational event on the topic of Sustainable Homes, as part of our Green Lecture Series. David L. Michael, Executive Director/CEO of the Huntington, WV Habitat for Humanity, will present on the topic of Sustainable Homes. Visitors will learn about energy efficient and low-cost design, recycled and re-purposed materials, building affordable homes for local families and veterans, and more. The lecture will be held on Thursday, October 27th from 2pm to 4pm in the Don Morris Room (2E18) of the Memorial Student Center at Marshall University. All who are interested in green architecture and construction, energy efficiency, affordable housing, recycling and re-purposing, and community revitalization, are encouraged to attend, including students, staff, faculty, and community members.Habitat for Humanity
          David L. Michael has been the Executive Director/CEO for Huntington WV Area Habitat for Humanity since August 2006.  After spending his formative years in Pocahontas County, WV and then heading to Huntington in 1986 to finish his college career at Marshall University, David graduated from MU with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree.  Post college graduation, David’s career path has been a mixture of experience in working for both for-profit and non-profit organizations.  David has participated in various leadership development programs including Leadership Ohio and Leadership Tri-State, graduated from the Community Development Institute, graduated from the West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church Lay Ministry Academy, graduated from the 2013/2014 Achieving Collaborative Capacity for Executive Success Program through North Carolina State University and Habitat for Humanity International, and has been a speaker/panelist at numerous workshops and conferences including Habitat for Humanity International’s Affiliate Conference in Atlanta, Habitat for Humanity of Ohio’s Annual Conference in Columbus, West Virginia Housing Conference in Charleston, and the Marshall University Energy Efficiency in West Virginia Conference in Huntington, WV.  David served on the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity of West Virginia for the six years both as a Director and Board President.  During his tenure at HAHFH, house production and the number of families served has increased annually, energy efficiency has become a matter of daily practice for house construction, and a new state and national award-winning housing program serving formerly hoop-househomeless Veterans was started, and still continues, in our community.  David is an active participant and supporter of the 4th Avenue Arts in Huntington, WV and Cross Community Church in South Point, OH.
          The MU Green Lecture Series is a cooperative effort of the College of Business, Aetna Integrated Services, and the Sustainability Department.
  • Thurs. OCT. 27th –  Sweet Potato Harvest @ the Student Gardens, 4-7pm. Just show up and be ready to help dig up some sweet spuds.
  • Fri. OCT. 28thHoop House Greenhouse construction event, all day at the Student Gardens behind Career Services, near the corner of 17th St and 5th Ave. Come lend a hand and help us build a Hoop House style greenhouse at our Student Gardens.

    Green Trail Guided Tour

    Just The Map-webGuided Tour of the Green Trail – AUG 18th 2-3pm

    Join Us and register for our Guided Tour of the Green Trail on Thursday, August 18th from 2-3PM.

    Angela Kargul, our Lead Gardener, will take participants on a guided tour of Marshall University’s Green Trail. Enjoy the lush beauty of our gardens and learn about the many sustainable initiatives across campus.

    Participants in the Guided Tour simply need to arrive by 2pm @ the Memorial Student Center Lobby, and sign up.


    Meet The Sustainability Department

    Meet The Sustainability Department

    Come see us at the MSC Lobby today from 11am-2pm, with partner Goodwill Industries! Find out how Marshall is Going Green, and how you can help.


    Market Days Return!

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    Make sure to hit the Memorial Student Center, because Angela and crew are bringin’ the veg each Wednesday from 11am-2pm. Market Days are a weekly seasonal fair, filled with harvests from the Student Garden. If you are interested in volunteering, let Angela know. Volunteer Days in the garden are every Thursday from 4-7pm (weather permitting).

    Sustainability Fair Success!

    Sustainability Fair Success!

    The 2nd Annual Huntington Sustainability Fair, held on May 21st at the Wild Ramp in Central City, was a great success in spite of the threat of rain all day. We lucked out with just a sprinkle here and there, till the real rain came at 4pm, at the close of the fair. We estimate that roughly 400 came out to The Wild Ramp on 14th St. West in the Central City area of Huntington, WV. Tour DePATH had a great annual bike ride along the Paul Ambrose Trail for Health, WVCA and MU Environmental Health and Safety hosted an excellent rain barrel demonstration, and there were tons of wonderful local musicians who performed at the fair as their volunteer contribution. Many workshops and demonstrations were hosted. For more information about this project, visit:

    2nd Annual Huntington Sustainability Fair

    BigPoster-5-11-2016-webJoin us for our 2nd Annual Huntington Sustainability Fair on Saturday, May 21st, from 10am-4pm.

    This year, we will be at the Wild Ramp and the Central City gazebo. Tour DePATH is again our partner, hosting their annual bike ride along the P.A.T.H. from 10am-Noon. There will be crafts, artisans, food, live music, workshops, demonstrations, and more.

    This event is free and open to the public. We invite participants to download our 5-week Calendar, take the Green Challenge, and earn some free green swag. Let’s Be Green, Shop Local, and Build a more Sustainable Community! For more information, visit

    This event is sponsored in part by Sustainable Living for West Virginia and the Marshall University Sustainability Department.

    Wild Ramp Layout-5-18-2016



    The Marshall University Sustainability Department had a great time participating in the YMCA’s Healthy Kid’s Day. Lots of pea seedlings were planted and pots were painted by young and old!



    The weather was great, and the attendance was amazing. So many came out to enjoy the day, learn what it means to “Be Green, Be Marshall Green”, and help celebrate Earth Day. Here are just a few pictures from our event.

    Earth Day

    Tearth-day-2013-istock23733018he Sustainability Department is hosting an Earth Day celebration on Marshall University’s campus on April 20th, from 10a.m. to 2p.m.

    A wild variety of workshops, presenters, and participants will fill this event with green and sustainable learning opportunities. Visitors both young and old will be entertained and engaged.

    If your group, organization, or business would like to participate, please fill out the registration form on our Earth Day page.

    GSEM – April 3rd – Plant Parts & Nutrition

    HDimage-5701bdc9128c9imageStudents go green during sustainability program

    From the Herald Dispatch

    HUNTINGTON – Children in grades 3 through 9 were able to get their hands dirty Sunday as they conducted several experiments in the Marshall University Student Vegetable Garden.

    Under the watchful eyes of Eve Marcum-Atkinson, research and community outreach assistant for the MU Sustainability Department, the students were asked to look at plant parts and identify which parts were eatable. They also measured soil nutrients, moisture and pH levels in the vegetable garden

    “Events like these are so important because it gets kids excited about learning math and science,” Marcum-Atkinson said. “We’re able to provide them with real world application and teach them why learning about the world around them is so important.”
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