Lunch Series: "The Oil Spill and Raising Water Quality Awareness"
Speaker: Dr. Eve Brantley
Wed, Sept 15th
Noon – 1:00 pm
Student Center, Rm 2222
Future Dates: Oct 20th and Nov 17th
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
opportunity to discuss sustainability
Auburn Hotel and Conference Center
In an effort to continue to expand and support the
people in and around Auburn who are interested in
sustainability-related topics, weekly gatherings are held. This is a
great opportunity to join a group of faculty, staff and students in
sustainability related discussions. Gatherings like this have been
happening around the country, where there is a standing day of the week
and time that people know they can show up and have a good conversation
loosely tied to a common topic. This is a casual group, and there is no
pressure to be there every week. Come whenever you can and enjoy!
If you would like to receive the weekly email
link and then send the email that is generated.
Transit has 6 new hybrid buses
Tiger Transit has six new hybrid buses on site.
The buses are being prepped to begin rolling on the on-campus routes
starting in the next week. Look for the small “hybrid” decal on the
side of the bus, and feel the pride as Tiger Transit becomes an even
more sustainable transportation option.
"One Less Car" challenge
University of Florida is challenging individuals
to pledge to commute by an alternative to single-occupancy vehicle
travel on One Less Car Day this fall semester. We're always looking for
folks to help launch programs like this at Auburn, feel free to get in
touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org
"Burning in the Sun"
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 Sustainability is
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.
Sept 21st - 23rd
1st day is FREE!
The American Rainwater Catchment Systems
Association will be holding their first rainwater harvesting workshop
in Alabama. Whether you want to do it yourself at home, through work,
or train others, this would be a great workshop for you. The first day,
which is free, is a great introduction to the concepts and
possibilities of rainwater harvesting. The following two days, the 22nd
and 23rd, gives the real nitty-gritty of rainwater harvesting systems,
for both potable and non-potable use. We need more folks who understand
these systems. This course can lead to ARCSA accreditation and is good
for USGBC points.
For more information or to register visit: ARCSA
Conference Call Seminar Series
Starts: Wed, Sept 8th
11:00 am CST
Bard Center for Environmental Policy presents Bill
his most recent book, EAARTH:
Making a life on a tough new planet.
The National Climate Seminar is available live to
educators, students and the public by telephone. They will be half-hour
calls on Wednesdays starting at noon. The call-in number is
712-432-3100, and the conference code is 253385.
Future seminars in the series
Sept 22nd David Orr,
Environmental Studies, Oberlin College
Oct 6th TBA
Bill Snape, Senior
Counsel, Center for Biological Diversity
3rd Michael Mann, Dir.,
Earth Systems Science, Penn State
17th Bryan Walsh,
Journalist, Time Magazine
1st Juliet Schor, Economist
and author, Plentitude
more information about the National Climate
Seminar sponsored by
the Bard Center for Environmental Policy visit
Southeast Student Renewable Energy Conference
Oct 1st – 3rd
Get together with other students to learn about
the most pressing environmental challenges to our region, network,
engage in activism, and develop critical skills to fight for clean
or visit the
Climate Action Network’s website.
Heritage Farmers Market
3:00 – 6:00 pm
Ends: Sept 30th
Auburn University Donahue Dr
The market offers locally produced fruits,
vegetables, honey, ornamental plants, herbs, cut flowers, stone-ground
grains, eggs, goat cheeses, goat milk soaps, baked and canned goods,
and Alabama-roasted coffee. In addition, it often features the work of
local artisans, educational booths, and musical entertainment.
Click here for
Mon- Thurs 2:00-5:00 pm
Fri 11:00-5:00 pm
500 Shug Jordan Parkway
Get ready for that tailgate party! The Meats Lab
is a USDA certified location where you can buy fresh eggs and meat
raised and produced by Auburn University. The meats lab does everything
from harvesting to making fully processed products. Some popular items
include smoked meats and sausages, steaks, ground beef, pork, chicken,
Joining a local CSA helps you reconnect to the
land, support local farmers, and reduces fossil fuel use for
transporting produce. CSA consists of a group of individuals from a
community supporting a farm and sharing the risks and benefits of food
production. Usually members pay the costs of the farm operation and the
farmer’s salary in advance of the season. This benefits the farmer
since they receive working capital up front. In return, members receive
a share of the harvest throughout the growing season, and the
satisfaction that they are pursuing a more sustainable lifestyle
through a reduction in fossil fuel use.
If you know of any CSAs in the Auburn area, please
let us know! A few that we have found include:
Red Root Herb and Vegetable Farm 334-243-4072
"Farm to Table" dinner
On Thursday nights at Ariccia, located in the
Auburn University Hotel and Conference Center, you can enjoy a special
organic three-course menu. Ariccia features the freshest local
ingredients, providing a true
"Farm-to-Table" dinner. Each week, dinner will be expertly paired up
with half-priced bottles of select wines, showcasing six different
For more information call 844-5140 or visit
lights illuminate Auburn fans
Auburn University’s Facilities Division is using
solar power to bring light to the RV fields. These five lights are
transportable and can be used wherever the need arises. Originally they
were placed on Magnolia Avenue, where safety was a concern. With
permanent lights now in place the solar lights have been moved to the
RV fields for tailgating season. They were chosen over traditional
lighting because of their convenient mobility and freedom from the cost
of permanent electrical wiring.
Plastics #1 and #2
At Auburn University you need to sort your
recycling! Look for beverage container bins with blue lids, or a coke
bottle shape, for your #1 and #2 plastics, aluminum, and steel cans.
Cardboard needs to be flattened and placed in the big blue dumpsters.
Mixed paper goes in designated bins with blue lids found in high
traffic areas, such as the library and student center. As of now,
deskside bins are not being recycled, but there are plans to get that
up and running in the coming months, one building at a time. If you
don’t know where recycling bins are, be sure to ask your neighbor!
For more visit the
Green, Brown and Clear Glass, Batteries, Computer
equipment, Cooking oil
Listed above are the items that the City of Auburn
recycles that are not picked up on
take these items to
recycling center at 365-A North Donahue Drive.
For more see the
in sustainability competition for students and faculty
Deadline: Oct 11th, noon
Prize per college: $500
Grand prize: travel grant to Germany
As part of “The Transatlantic Climate Bridge:
“Climate & Energy Campus Week”, Auburn University and the
Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany are holding a sustainability
competition for students and faculty. One student will be selected from
each college, and will be awarded $500.
In addition, one overall
student winner and one faculty winner will receive travel grants from
the Office of International Education to go to Germany and meet with
energy and sustainability leaders. These overall winners will be
recognized by a member of the German Embassy during the half-time
program of the Oct. 16th Arkansas football game.
for more details.
Any questions should
be addressed to Dr.
Gillespie , Office of International
Foy Hall, 844-5009