Oct. 15

Student-led event focuses on campus sustainability

by Erin Rosacker

Iowa State will take part in National Campus Sustainability Day Oct. 21, with events and displays planned in the free speech area outside Parks Library from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Inclement weather would move the event under the library's covered porch.

Chandra Peterson, vice president of the Government of the Student Body and a member of the newly formed Green Umbrella group, is helping organize the day's events.

More information about National Campus Sustainability Day is available online.

"This is a student-run initiative," Peterson said. "There are great things going on with student organizations and we wanted to do something to get the word out."

She said Green Umbrella is a GSB initiative that brings in representatives from campus groups dealing with sustainability and other green issues. About 10 different organizations already are part of the new group, which is focusing on awareness and communication.

Many of these student groups will be involved in the campus sustainability day activities, primarily with displays of their green projects and initiatives. Staff from Outdoor Recreation Services will be on hand to provide free bike tune-ups and fittings. A recycling bin for unwanted jeans -- which will be converted into insulation -- also will be available.

"Next year, we hope to make this a lot bigger," Peterson said. "Our goal is to make it a week-long event."