The second annual SLUstainability Week will take place Oct. 21-26. Sponsored by the University's Sustainability Advisory Council, the week coincides with the international Campus Sustainability Day, which is Wednesday, Oct. 23. For a detailed list of the week's events, check out the SLUstainablity week web page.
A highlight of the week will be the SLUstainability Expo, which will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, in the Center for Global Citizenship. The event will feature vendors that partner with SLU and organizations that have a sustainable focus. Representatives from Fox Architects and McCarthy Building Companies, which worked on the CGC renovation project, also will make a presentation during the expo.
On Friday, Oct. 25, the monthly SLU Spirit Day will go "green," with faculty and staff invited to wear a green shirt with their jeans. (The option to dress down may depend on work environment and schedule; employees should confirm with their supervisors.)
"Here at Saint Louis University, we are deeply committed to being good stewards of our environment," said University Interim President William R. Kauffman. "During this annual sustainability week, I encourage everyone to reflect on the additional ways that they can incorporate green practices into their daily lives."
With this idea in mind, the Center for Sustainability and the Division of Facilities collaborated on a top-10 list of recommendations for going green at work and at home:
Find more sustainable actions to take online. Individuals who adopt a new personal sustainable practice during the week are encouraged to let the Green Billiken know via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or Twitter (@greenbilliken). These individual efforts, along with SLU's overall practices, will be posted on the web at greenbilliken.slu.edu.
For several years, the Center for Sustainability and the Division of Facilities Services have collaborated on initiatives to enhance sustainability on the SLU campus. Their efforts have proven successful, with the University receiving a Bronze Rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education in 2011.