This Wednesday Oct. 24, IUPUI will be one of many universities across the nation celebrating the 10th annual Campus Sustainability Day. Sponsored by higher education environmental groups such as the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) and Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (HEASC), the day emphasizes the struggles and the triumphs of students, staff, and faculty to instigate sustainability initiatives at their respective institutions.
Nicknamed “The Year of the Bike” Sustainability Day at IUPUI will consist of speaker panels, film screenings, yoga, spinning, transportation, bike demonstrations, traffic safety, urban agriculture, e-waste recycling, and a dumpster dive with a focus on bikes. The event was planned by the Student Sustainability Council along with the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IUPUI, the IUPUI Office of Sustainability, and various other campus and community organizations.
“The day will showcase sustainable actions taking place at IUPUI and enable people to engage in activities and learn ways where we each can do our part to be sustainable,” said Steve Godanis, a Student Sustainability Council member.
According to Godanis, the Student Sustainability Council is composed of members from various disciplines looking to engage the campus in a dialogue about human impact on the world, environment, and university community.
“While we understand that a completely sustainable society is a paradox, we also understand that obtainable, vital impact can be made on a personal level,” Godanis said. “That’s why we’ve dubbed this year ‘Year of the Bike!’ We hope to energize the campus population with a year that’s filled with various events focused on bike-related activity. We’re working with community partners to set up bicycle safety demos and workshops. We’re in contact with university administration on new, ingenious bike policy, we’re engaging students with petitions and outreach, and most importantly, we’re assisting university schools with their trailblazing efforts at establishing new collective thought paradigms.”
The campus-wide celebration will include speaking events and activities scattered around campus. The speaking events will include talks on sustainable gardening and agriculture, sustainability without borders, sustainable study abroad options and sustainable transportation. Activities will consist of a screening of the documentary “Bag-It”, a bike clinic with an emphasis on traffic safety, a display of three Toyota Prius’, a display of an IndyGo hybrid bus, a dumpster dive to demonstrate the amount of recyclables thrown away, an e-waste collection, an urban garden tour and a keynote address entitled “Preparing Students for a Changing Climate” broadcast by HEASC.
About Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis As one of seven Indiana University campuses, IUPUI is known as Indiana’s premier urban research and health sciences campus and is dedicated to advancing the intellectual growth of the state of Indiana and its citizens through research and creative activity, teaching, learning and civic engagement. Nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report, Forbes and other notable publications, IUPUI has more than 30,000 students enrolled in 21 schools, which offer more than 250 degrees. IUPUI awards degrees from both Indiana and Purdue Universities. For more information, visit iupui.edu.