Next week UB will be celebrating the Earth with a multitude of events focused on sustainability and the enjoyment of nature. The UB Office of Sustainability (UBOS) has booked the Student Union, as well as various other locations on campus for engaging activities, informational tabling, workshops and talks. I will update this page as more information comes in, so check in during the coming days for more opportunities to have some Earth themed fun as we approach the end of the semester!
All week long the Office of Sustainability will be hosting a SustainABILITY Art Show in the Center for the Arts project space, room 155. If you would like to contribute work to the show, whether it be a sculpture, painting, drawing, photography, or anything else that makes you feel a human connection to our world, contact Kaia Grosso (Kevingro@buffalo.edu) and he will help you get included. Set up will be this Sunday, April 16 and the gallery will be open all week!
Monday 4/17: Stop by the student union lobby to meet with clubs who participate in the Students for Sustainability Council. These environmentally minded organizations are looking for new members and to spread the word about the great work they have accomplished and are planning to do moving forward. As of now, there will be a table for Students for Sustainability Council, the Office of Sustainability, Fossil Free UB, and UB Campus Garden Club!
Tuesday 4/18: If you walk into the Union on Tuesday, in addition to tables for Office of Sustainability's Earth week competition, Fossil Free UB, and UB Campus Garden Club, you will find environmental documentaries looping on the large TV screen from 10-3. If you are free, be sure to stop in and check it out, they are sure to be interesting. While you’re there, stop by the Campus Garden Club table, plant a seed to take home, and buy a raffle ticket to win some nature themed prizes!
Wednesday 4/19: Mid-week the Union is going to be packed with tables including those for, Campus Dining and Shops, who will be offering information on our composting program and the resulting soil amendment that is now available, The UBOS Earth Week Competition and Outdoor Adventure Club’s Tie Dye table. Clean Up Your Campus UB will be running from 11am to 2pm where students can bring trash they pick up from around campus to the Union to see how much we can contribute to making our campus a cleaner and healthier place! This event is open to all students for however long they would like to participate. Then, from 2-3pm, be sure to stop by the Intercultural Diversity Center, SU 240, for the Environmental Network’s Environmental Justice Panel and informational session on environmental justice projects in Buffalo! Finally, if you’re going to be on campus late, drop into SU 145 c&d for Outdoor Adventure Club’s Knot Tying Workshop!
Thursday 4/20: From 8:30am-4:30pm UBOS will be hosting a waste audit in the SU Field! Waste from UB’s dumpsters will be laid out in the field and organized into categories to provide a visual representation of what we throw out on campus. For more information and to sign up as a volunteer, check out the link at the bottom of the page! At the same time, on the SU patio, the Association for Wild Animal Rehabilitation and Education (A.W.A.R.E.) will be tabling with animals! I’m not sure what type of animals they will have, but if it's anything like the last time I was able to check out their tabling, it will be worth stopping by! The Student Union will be buzzing! Indoors you will find tables for the Environmental Network who will be conducting a thrift shop, UB Campus Garden Club will be planting more seeds and raffling off a hammock, UB Fossil Free will have more information and ways to get involved, and UBOS will be continuing their Earth Week Competition! Finish off your Thursday outdoors for an open mic night and lake clean up sponsored by AKX and the Students for Sustainability Council (rain location in Davis Hall)
Friday 4/21: More tabling in the Student Union from Fossil Free UB and the Students for Sustainability Council! If you or your club would like to get a table or host an event on any of these days, it is not too late! Contact either myself or Brian Stuhlmiller of the SA & Students for Sustainability Council to book something up!
Thank you all for your contributions to Earth Week. It is this sort of action on the part of students and faculty that will make this campus a healthier, safer and more sustainable place to live and work. If you’d like to meet up with Environmental groups on campus Saturday 4/22 for the Buffalo Science March, check out the pages listed below and get in contact with any of them, as there will be members of all attending! Thanks, and have a great Earth Week!
Student Sustainability Coordinator UB-CDS
Cultural Anthropology B.A. (In-Progress)
Vice President, UB Campus Garden Club
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