October 18, 2012

Campus Sustainability Day is Oct. 24

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Going green is a vital mission at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and the 10th annual Campus Sustainability Day will showcase the University's sustainability efforts and give everyone an opportunity to become more involved.

The event is set for 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at the Student Center. The Green Fair will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Roman Room, and highlight ongoing efforts and initiatives on campus. The fair is free and open to everyone, and will feature exhibitors from around campus and the area.

Saluki Spokes will offer a bicycle maintenance and repair workshop, and the Student Center Craft Shop will sponsor a "Solar Oven Experience," demonstrating how you can build your own solar oven. Both events are from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the north entrance of the Student Center.

From 1-2:30 p.m., a free webinar, "Preparing Students for a Changing Climate," will be in the Kaskaskia Room. The live, interactive panel discussion will present information and provide answers about best ecological practices and other topics. The panelists include Geoffrey Chase, leader of the Ponderosa Project; Julie Elzanati, director of the Illinois Green Economy Network; Neil Weissman, provost of Dickinson College; and Debera Johnson, founder of the Pratt Design Incubator for Sustainable Innovation.

More information on Campus Sustainability Day is available at www.studentcenter.siu.edu.