NKU talks trash on 10th Annual Campus Sustainability Day

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NKU Talks Trash on 10th Annual Campus Sustainability Day

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – People are “talking trash” at Northern Kentucky University and it’s not because of the move to Division I. On Wednesday, Oct. 24, NKU will celebrate the 10th Annual Campus Sustainability Day with two special events.

The first will be the construction of “Mt. Trashmore” on the NKU central plaza. It will be composed of one day’s worth of NKU trash minus recycling and refuse from the NKU residence halls and food service outlets. The purpose of Mt. Trashmore is to demonstrate the quantity of trash that NKU sends to landfill each day and to encourage people to reduce the amount of trash they personally and unknowingly create. The actual number of pounds of trash in Mt. Trashmore will be announced at noon that day.

During the Tuesday and Wednesday lunch hours, students from Environmentally Concerned Organization of Students and Alpha Phi Omega will be present to talk about campus sustainability and encourage all members of the campus community to digitally sign the NKU Campus Sustainability Pledge. This pledge consists of 16 sustainable habits people may choose to adopt to reduce their carbon footprint.

At 2 p.m. on Wednesday, in the Griffin Hall George and Ellen Rieveschl Digitorium, NKU will broadcast of national keynote panel entitled “Preparing Students for a Changing Climate.” The panel, sponsored by Second Nature - Education for Sustainability, will discuss the role educational institutions play in creating sustainability education for all students which prepares the next generation of leaders to lead a just, healthy and sustainable society.

Featured panelists will be Dr. 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. Following the national broadcast, Dr. Steven Kerlin, director of the NKU Center for Environmental Education and a member of the faculty of the NKU College of Education and Human Services, will lead a discussion on sustainability at NKU.

NKU is a 5-year signatory to the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. It has committed to work toward climate neutrality by 2050.

For more information about Campus Sustainability Day at NKU or NKU Green, please contact Jane Goode at goodej1@nku.edu or (859) 572-1990.

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