Nominations for the 2nd annual Auburn University Spirit of Sustainability Awards have closed, winners will be announced in March!
The Auburn community includes many passionate and committed sustainability practitioners. The Auburn University Spirit of Sustainability Awards program exists to recognize individuals or groups of Auburn University students, faculty, staff, and alumni that exemplify the Auburn spirit by making significant contributions toward sustainability on campus or in a community at any point along the Sustainability Compass: Nature, Economy, Society, Wellbeing.
During the inaugural year of 2013, we were privileged to honor eleven recipients who represent the larger passion and commitment to sustainability that exists within the Auburn community. We also created a special named award, the William Olson Student Achievement Award.
The Office of Sustainability would like to share the first version of the Auburn University Climate Action Plan located on the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment website. Auburn President Jay Gogue signed the climate commitment in the Fall of 2008 demonstrating Auburn University’s dedication to significantly reducing its carbon footprint.
Auburn achieves STARS Silver Rating for sustainability performance!
The Office of Sustainability together with Academic Sustainability Programs recently completed a comprehensive, year-long investigation to determine Auburn’s sustainability performance, using STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System.
The campus has been taking steps toward sustainability for several years, and we wanted to evaluate what we are doing, and how we compare to our peers. How does Auburn University rate?….
Auburn achieved a STARS Silver Rating!
In our recently released special STARS Auburn Sustainability Newsletter we highlight some areas where the campus community is showing success, others where we have opportunities for progress, and how the STARS assessment can help us shape the future of sustainability at Auburn. If you’d like to read all the details with information on how the campus is performing in ~140 different credit areas, Auburn’s complete STARS report can be viewed on the STARS website.
The Office of Sustainability puts out a monthly electronic newsletter that you can sign up for online. February’s newsletter focuses on individual wellbeing. In addition, we are sharing our wellbeing poster.
Please join us for “Plant Invaders from Another World!” Saturday, February 22, 2014
Join forces with fellow nature lovers and environmental stewards on Saturday, Feb. 22, for an invasive-plant cleanup event taking place at the Davis Arboretum. The event is designed for those who are concerned about the impact of invasive plants on local habitats or would like to learn more about how to manage invasive plants. Participants should wear close-toed shoes or boots and bring work gloves. Tools will be provided, but participants may bring their own pruners. In the event inclement weather, the alternate date is March 1st.
“Plant Invaders from Another World” will start at 8:30 a.m. and go until noon. Meet at the Pavilion off Garden Drive. All participants will be treated to a chili lunch. There is no cost to attend, but registration is requested. To register, send an email to Dee Smith at email@example.com. The event is sponsored by Facilities Management, Donald E. Davis Arboretum, Parkerson Mill Creek Project, Office of Sustainability, Alabama Invasive Plant Council, Department of Horticulture and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.
For more information, visit www.auburn.edu/arboretum
Auburn’s Minor in Sustainability is open to all undergraduate students in any major.