Oct. 14, 2009
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SRU celebrates Campus Sustainability Day Wednesday
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University, a pioneer in sustainability education, will join colleges and universities across the country Wednesday in celebrating the seventh annual Campus Sustainability Day.
CSD, the brainchild of the Society for College and University Planning, was launched in 2003 as a way to draw attention and give support to sustainability activities on college campuses.
SRU will mark the day with information booths and a live Web-cast. An information fair will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in the University Union and will include tables sponsored by the student-led Green Fund, Green Bike Initiative and the Pennsylvania Center for Environmental Education, which is housed at SRU.
SRU students in the graduate sustainable systems program will be on hand to talk about their research, including a greenhouse gas inventory of campus and a sustainability audit.
"The University is the size of a small city, and we are working to become more efficient," said Langdon Smith, associate professor of geography, geology and the environment and coordinator of the graduate program. "We have to lead by example."
A national Web-cast titled "Strategies for Vibrant Campus Communities" will be shown at 1 p.m. in Room 213 of Bailey Library. The Web-cast will feature panelists from universities sharing their own experiences with green initiatives and talking about finding sustainability opportunities in the wake of budget cuts.
Andrew Revkin, a science reporter for The New York Times, will moderate. The presenters are Sarah Brylinsky, sustainability education coordinator at Dickinson College; Larry Eisenberg, executive director for facilities planning and development at Los Angeles Community College; Joseph Grasso, assistant dean for finance and administration at Cornell University; and Angela Halfacre, director of the David E. Shi Center for Sustainability and a professor of political science at Furman University.
Steve Roberts, coordinator of outdoor adventures and adviser to the Green Bike Initiative, said sustainability concepts should be lived daily.
"We look at sustainability as a couple of main things to pursue," he said. "One benefit is people getting out of cars and moving away from reliance on fossil fuels. The other is the sustainability of your own health. The cycling community is such a health-conscious crowd. Commuting to work on a bicycle or just riding around has such health benefits."
All Campus Sustainability Day events are free and open to the public.
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