Lunch Series: "Faustian Bargains: Oil and Gulf Coast Communities"
Speaker: Dr. Conner Bailey
Wed, Nov 17th
Noon – 1:00 pm
Student Center, Rm 2222
Once a month the Office of Sustainability hosts a
Green Lunch Seminar.
The talk is free and open to everyone. Office of Sustainability keeps
previously recorded webcasts on our site
here. For additional information see our Green
is making the grade in sustainability
The College Sustainability Report Card, released
last week, gave Auburn a "B-", an improvement from last year. We are
to have received “A” in administration, student involvement, and
investment priorities, and a “B” in transportation, food and recycling.
The report card, a publication of the Sustainable
Endowment Institute is a tool to publicize sustainability activities on
college and university campuses. While we can be proud of our progress,
there is still much to be done to move toward a sustainable campus and
community. The Office of Sustainability is always looking for partners
and volunteers. Contact us and be part of the solution.
To see the complete report for yourself, follow
and Residence Life saves paper, time and money
This Fall semester the Housing and Resident Life
office started using a computer program that allows them to reduce the
number of printed internal reports and evaluations. This program will
save them from printing at least 5480 sheets of paper this year alone.
In addition, they have noted an incredible side benefit from
eliminating the time and energy it took to hand deliver across campus
and file each slip of paper, and to sort through and forward numerous
emails. Other benefits of the new software include efficiency at
tracking and searching documents, and quicker communications.
Housing and Resident Life was fortunate in that
they had multiple computer programs tailored to their specific needs
from which to choose. But any office can begin with low cost steps to
reduce paper use.
You can make a difference too! Encourage your
peers and office to reduce their paper use as well! If you are
interested in ways to make your office more efficient, please feel free
to contact the Office
GREEN- Integrating sustainability into early childhood programs
Three classes of energetic children ages 4 through
8 learned about issues related to sustainability in the summer
enrichment program, offered by the Early Childhood Program in the
Curriculum and Teaching Department this past summer. This
child-centered and child-driven program challenged the teachers to
assess the interests of the students, and then develop activities to
teach them about the environment. The advantage of using this
constructivist approach in teaching sustainability related issues is
that it capitalizes on the actual interests of the group. Teachers used
multiple resources to find scientific facts and program ideas which
fell within the various realms of knowledge, such as math, science,
literacy, logic, and language.
Due to the multitude of disciplines through which
sustainability issues can be taught, the options for integrating
sustainability into curriculum seem endless. Perhaps the most valuable
lesson learned is: sustainability can, and should be, taught
For more information on how to integrate
sustainability into your classes or projects, please email the Office of Sustainability.
If you would like any information on the Summer Enrichment Program you
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"Burning in the Sun"
Tues, Nov 16th
Jule Collins Smith
Museum of Fine Arts
The Jule Collins
Smith Museum of Fine Art on
Auburn University campus is hosting the Southern Circuit of Independent
Filmmakers again this year. One great aspect of this series is that the
filmmakers come to the screenings. The Office of
co-sponsoring the November film, Burning in
the Sun, a documentary about a young man who returns to Mali to start a
solar panel business.
Check out the film's website
for further information.
Camp simulates World Food Programme efforts
Starts: 9:00 am
Wed, Nov 10th
Thurs, Nov 11th
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to
live in a refugee camp? Where would you get your water, food and
shelter? Come and see how nearly 42 million people from around
the world live, sometimes for years at a time, due to war, famine or
The Committee of 19 will be sponsoring a "Refugee
Camp Simulation", a
first of its kind event on our campus, as a way to draw attention to
the emergency relief work done by the World Food Programme. Within days
of a crisis, WFP arrives to supply emergency food and other services.
The Auburn simulation will be replicating
conditions by serving rations
and having participants sleep in tents, among other things.
Participants will not only hear experiences from individuals who are
familiar with these camps, they will also be sharing in these stories
by being assigned roles and relevant tasks.
You are invited to join them for a tour of the
camp and hear their stories.
Come learn more
about the causes behind
displacement camps, the daily life of refugees, and how you can make a
Center visitors already refilled more than 12,000 water bottles at new
The University recently installed two water
filtering stations in the Student Center. They are located, on the
first and second floors near existing water fountains on the north side
(entrance facing Haley Center). It is a great source of chilled,
filtered, and tasty water. It's been less than two months since
installation, and already 8399 water bottles downstairs and 3823
upstairs have been filled!
know that when you buy bottled water you are paying a lot of money for
basically filtered tap water with a fancy label. But did you also know
that the production, use, and disposal of plastic water bottles has
environmental and health impacts? Please think ahead and carry a
refillable water bottle with you!
If you would like to share input on
these hydration stations, please email Kirby
For further information on plastic water bottles
check out the Myth
Busting section of our webesite.
Money, and Fame
Rock Out and Recycle Tour
Featuring: Astrum Lux Lucis
Opener: "Green Rapper" Jeffrey Davis
Thurs, Nov 11th
Location: Gnu's Room
Check below to find out more about Astrum Lux Lucis
the Gnus Room.
Local and Regional Water Issues
Presented by Charlene LeBleu and Bill Deutsch.
Mon, Nov 15th
Health Resources Center, Opelika
For questions or directions email Amy Wright.
FilterForGood Eco-Challenge by Brita
Closes: Nov 19th
For more information go to www.filterforgood.com/ecochallenge/
Tree Campus Photo Contest
Deadline: Nov 25th
For more information visit
Fall 2011 EPA Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Fellowships for
Undergraduate Environmental Study
Closes: Dec 9th
For more information visit
8th Annual P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition for
Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet
For more information visit