October 22, 2007
Emory celebrates National Campus Sustainability Day
By kelly gray
Emory will join hundreds of colleges and universities across the country on Wednesday, Oct. 24, to celebrate National Campus Sustainability Day. Started by the Society for College and University Planning, the event is conducted to raise awareness of the achievements and challenges related to expanding sustainable practices in higher education.
“The goal of Campus Sustainability Day is to get us all to stop and think about what each of us can do,” said Ciannat Howett, Emory’s director of sustainability initiatives. “There are so many habits and practices that collectively can make an enormous difference towards improving our sustainable work and living environments here at Emory.”
Activities will include:
• Bike to Campus Day
• Fuji bike giveaways
• ‘Green’ tours and discussion
• Freshman dorm energy competition awards event
(at Wonderful Wednesday)
• Energy efficient light bulb giveaways
(at Wonderful Wednesday)
For more information on these events, contact Erica Weaver at 404-727-9916.
Why not bike to campus on Oct. 24?
Show support for alternative transportation practices by cycling to campus on Wednesday, Oct. 24, for Bike to Campus Day.
The event starts at 8 a.m. in front of Bicycle South (2089 N. Decatur Rd.). There is limited parking at Bicycle South, so participants are strongly encouraged to bike to the start of the event.
Cyclists will depart Bicycle South at 8:45 a.m. and pedal down North Decatur Road to Clifton Road. From Clifton Road, participants can head to their final destinations.
Breakfast will be served at 8 a.m., and representatives from the Atlanta Bicycle Campaign will be on site to provide cycling advice. Each participant will receive a free T-shirt, and prizes will be awarded to the cyclist with the longest commute and to the participants from the department with the largest number of riders.
At noon the event will continue at Asbury Circle with free food and a Fuji bike giveaway. For more information, visit www.bike.emory.edu.
Win an iPod by taking test on sustainability awareness
An online contest will test students, staff and faculty’s awareness of sustainable projects and practices on campus. “Eyes Wide Open — Seeing Sustainability at Emory” asks participants to match 27 photographs of sustainability projects to locations on a campus map. The person who matches the highest number of photographs to locations will win an iPod at an award ceremony in November.
Designed by Assistant Professor of Biology Astrid Prinz and Darin Melton, a department of biology computer technician, the contest is a result of a $500 grant from the Office of Sustainability Initiatives Incentives Fund. Melton shot the photos and Nagib Haque, an Emory alum and CancerQuest Web programmer, designed the contest site.
“We hope that participating in our contest will encourage people to see the Emory campus with new eyes and appreciate the many efforts toward a more sustainable campus that are already under way,” said Prinz.
To enter the contest, which runs until Oct. 31, visit www.emory.edu/sustainability.