Campus Sustainability Month

October is Campus Sustainability Month, and we will officially observe it for the first time with a variety of different events.

All month long you can take part in “The People’s Ecochallenge”.  Like ecochallenges before, you can join our “UNMC/Nebraska Medicine LiveGreen” team and pick topics and actions that are interesting to you.  Maybe you want to pledge to use only reusable shopping bags, commit to a heart healthy diet of at least 4 cups of fruits and vegetables a day, meditate, or even complete a home energy audit.  The choice is entirely up to you, and you get to see your cumulative impact as well as a global one.

Come to the Fall Tree Festival on Thursday October 3rd from 11:30am-1:30pm in the green space between the Maurer Center for Public Health and the Student Life Center.  We will be planting trees from a grant from ReTree Nebraska, and you can get tree information, learn why trees are integral to health, take part in fun activities, get freebies, sample some free food, learn about rain gardens, and ask a Master Gardener any questions you may have.

On Tuesday October 22nd Dr. Jesse Bell, the Claire M. Hubbard Professor of Health and Environment in the College of Public Health will share his presentation on Climate Change Impacts on Healthcare.  Join us in Michael Sorrell Center room 2018; we’ll start promptly at noon and you can bring your own lunch.

On Tuesday October 29th join Julie Sommer, UNMC Research Resources Manager, in Eppley Science Hall Auditorium room 3010 will speak about her Voyage to Reduce Plastic Use.  Julie is one of the few Americans selected as a crewmember of eXXpedition: Round the World 2019-2021. eXXpedition is a UK-based, all-female sailing voyage and scientific research mission with a focus on highlighting the devastating impact plastics from land-based activities are having on our planet’s oceans, ecosystems and on human health. Julie has begun a plastic-free journey in her home and daily life and will present some details of the mission of eXXpedition, but also open up a dialogue with attendees about ways to reduce plastics in our daily lives.

October has lots of important topics that have their own ‘days’, so we’ll cover those in a special article series.

Due to scheduling changes we will not be able to have the Sustainability Expo nor is UNO able to host a personal electronic and paper shredding event.  We will have both next spring during our Earth Month celebration.

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