Each fall, the Society of College and University Planners hosts a national Campus Sustainability Day to promote environmental education and awareness among students, faculty and staff. This year, Towson University is hosting Campus Sustainability Day Wednesday, October 19 with a range of programs and events.
The festivities will begin Monday, October 17 with a New York Times Talk on sustainability as it relates to food. Guest speaker and TU Urban Farm Advisor Ben Warner will moderate the discussion and share knowledge he’s learned from overseeing the farm here on campus.
“The New York Times Talk will facilitate sustainability discussions, getting the campus in the right mindset for Wednesday,” says Nicole Kazanecki, TU’s Interim Coordinator for Civic Engagement. TU’s Campus Sustainability Day is hosted in partnership between Civic Engagement, SGA and A&F.
The events will kick into high gear Wednesday with education-based programs and information across campus. Students, faculty and staff will be able to bike their own free smoothies on Paws Patio, thereby learning about the human equivalent of the energy it takes to operate a blender. In the University Union and West Village Commons, there will be Recycling Challenges which allow contestants to win t-shirts and other prizes by correctly answering trivia questions. There will also be free bike maintenance on the West Village Lawn, guest chefs (including Vice President Deb Moriarty) cooking food in the campus dining halls, a sustainable question on the Freedom Square chalkboard and signage displayed in the academic core.
“It’s about raising awareness of sustainability efforts on campus. Our hope is that by teaching students, faculty and staff about the resources that are available to them at Towson, we will inspire more people to take action to reduce their impact on the environment,” Nicole said. “I really hope that we can demonstrate just how simple it is to be sustainable in your everyday life.”