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IUPUI sustainability day set for Oct. 24

Students work on urban garden
Students work on urban garden

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October 19, 2012

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Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis will join universities across the U.S. to celebrate the 10th national Campus Sustainability Day Oct. 24, focusing on achievements and challenges for students, faculty and staff who are integrating sustainability principles and practices into their institutions and communities

Sustainability day will feature a film screening, bike demonstration, speaker panels, Yoga, traffic safety, spinning, urban agriculture, transportation, e-waste recycling, and a dumpster dive.

The Student Sustainability Council at IUPUI collaborated with the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IUPUI, the IUPUI Office of Sustainability and campus and community organizations to plan the day-long celebration.

“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.

“We also will be kicking off our chosen theme which we lovingly call ‘Year of the Bike!” Godanis said.

The council draws from a diverse following across varying disciplines and council members seek to engage the campus by inviting all to a discussion of our impact on the world, environment and university community, Godanis said.

“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 celebration is divided into speaking events and activities around campus.

Speaking events include presentations on sustainable gardening, sustainable agriculture, sustainability without borders, sustainable study abroad and sustainable transit.

Sustainable activities will include sustainable health, screening of the documentary “Bag-It,” and a sustainable keynote address, “Preparing Students for a Changing Climate,” that will be broadcast by the Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium.

There also will be a bike clinic focusing on traffic safety, a display of three Toyota Prius models with information about the models’ advanced technology, a display of an IndyGo hybrid bus featuring a bike rack, transformation of a sidewalk into a street environment to provide an outdoor spinning class, a dumpster dive in which items will be removed items from a dumpster to demonstrate the amount of recyclable items it contains, an e-waste collection of personal electronic items, and an urban garden tour.