Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 50.16
Liaison Michael Gulich
Submission Date March 27, 2013
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Purdue University
ER-T2-6: Sustainability Events

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.25 Michael Gulich
Director of University Sustainability
University Sustainability
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Does the institution hold major events related to sustainability, such as conferences, speaker series, or symposia, that have students as the intended audience?:

A brief description of the event(s):

The University hosts an annual event each fall called “Green Week”. This event is a week-long campaign directed at educating students on a variety of sustainability related issues. Each day of Green Week has a theme based on one aspect of sustainability. The themes and events for the 2011 Green Week included the following:
 Energy
 China-US 2011 Joint Symposium Opening
 Eco-living lecture by environmentalist and actor Ed Begley, Jr.
 Skype video chat with the Purdue Inhome Solar Decathlon Team at the national competition in Washington D.C.
 Tours of the Roger B. Gatewood Wing – The University’s first LEED Certified building
 Residence Hall Energy Reduction Challenge

 Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
 Lecture on “Secondary Students’ Conceptions of the Greenhouse Effect, Global Warming and Climate Change”
 Donate and Recycle at the Union - Provided a place to donate gently used clothing and collection boxes for used batteries, cell phones, eyeglasses, etc.
 Boilermaker Bin Interactive Recycling Display and Coke Recycling Truck
 Free coffee provided at the Student Union with a reusable mug
 Plastic Bag Monster – A suit constructed from 500 plastic bags to illustrate the number of plastic bags the average American uses annually and to advocate for the use of reusable bags
 Lecture on “History, Public Opinion, and Environment”

 Alternative Transportation
 Expo featured electric vehicles, hybrids, ZipCar, free bicycle tune-ups, CityBus, and a biofuel-powered airplane

 Water
 Lecture on “Nitrogen, The Next Big Environmental Headache”
 Wabash River Clean-Up
 Water Walk was a self-guided tour of sustainable water features on campus
 Farmers Market
 University Residences Power Shower Challenge encouraged students to take a 3 minute shower with a water reduction percentage announced

 Sustainable World
 Sustainable World Expos allowed green-focused businesses, clubs, and organizations to present educational booths
 Safe Disposal of Unwanted Medicine Drop Off Event allowed students, faculty, and staff to drop off unwanted pharmaceuticals

The website URL where information about the event(s) are available:

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