Sustainability Month Success
Each year, universities dedicate the month of October to sustainable efforts. This past October, BGSU hosted a successful Sustainability Month which comprised of ten sustainability-related events! Among the many successful events was a tree planting, the Campus ReStore, Wind Farm Tour, Falcons After Dark, and The Business Case for Sustainability.
The tree planting event kicked off the month which was well attended by the Greek community. Those who attended planted three Autumn Blaze Maples near the new renovated outdoor basketball courts. These trees will absorb three tons of carbon dioxide by the time they reach 40 years old; while also producing over fifteen tons of oxygen.
Next, the ReStore opened its doors for about 150 faculty, staff, and students. This crowd of people was a pleasant surprise as the store was practically emptied! We gave away office supplies, clothing, and festive decorations that might have otherwise been thrown away. This event was a huge success for the university’s waste diversion efforts.
The office hosted a wind farm tour at the American Municipal Power-Ohio Green Mountain Energy Wind Farm later on in the month. We took a group of students, faculty, and staff to the site to learn about how the wind turbines work and the benefits of this sustainable source of energy. The group was led by Beth Parker, BGSU alumnus and Environmental Program Coordinator for the Wood County Solid Waste District. This was an amazing way to learn hands-on and expose BGSU personnel to sustainable practices!
The Falcons After Dark event was hosted in collaboration with University Activities Organization and the Office of Campus Activities. The event included pumpkin carving and painting with sustainability crafts, including making all-natural laundry soap and reusable tote bags. Also, we had composting stations for pumpkin waste set up to reduce the waste of the event too. This was a success in that about 200 people came to the event and over 150 people took part in the sustainable crafts.
The final event to cap off Sustainability Month was a presentation from Dr. Bruce Meyer, Associate V.P. for Design and Construction and Adjunct Faculty for the BGSU Schmidthorst College of Business Administration, entitled “The Case for Sustainability: BGSU Business”. He outlined how sustainability is incorporated into business practices and the benefits of doing so. In addition, he spoke of how BGSU has integrated sustainability into its own operations in recent years. This event attracted a number of business students and faculty.
In the spring semester look for more informative, educational, and engaging activities including Earth Week 2019 in April.