With the end of Halloween festivities, the lack of vibrant fall foliage (due to the storm), and dropping temperatures, it might seem like the next few weeks will be lackluster. But never fear, there are plenty of exciting, upcoming events on campus!
This week, Grassroots hosted UR Unplugged, which is a great way to get more students engaged in sustainability efforts by encouraging friendly competition. It scores campus residential areas on how much they reduce their energy usage during a given time period to that of the same building on the same dates the previous year. UR Unplugged previously won the Rochester Center for Community Leadership’s Excellence in Programming Student Life Award. The Field Day Finale is happening today, from 4-7pm in Hirst Lounge of Wilson Commons. There will be all sorts of fun interactive events and games, like hula hooping, cornhole and three-legged racing. In addition, participants are treated to free pizza, performances from many musical groups on campus and the chance to win cool prizes!
Next, students interested in seeing where their waste goes are encouraged to sign up for the Landfill Tour, which is taking place on November 16th at High Acres Landfill. Interested students or faculty should email Amy Kadrie at firstname.lastname@example.org. High Acres Landfill is far from just a place where trash is dumped. The facility is a leader in renewable energy use, creating 9.6 megawatts of energy from landfill gas, which is a byproduct of waste. They are also dedicated to composting leaves and tree branches. There is even a falconer onsite, as a tool to eliminate seagull scavenging. The tour promises to be eye-opening and informative.
Finally, Dining’s Team Green is hosting a local foods week in various dining locations. Throughout the week and depending on the day, Douglass, Danforth, Eastman and Meliora Restaurant will be serving delicious and local foods, such as pierogie pizza, Salmon, Shepard’s pie, and of course, the beloved Garbage Plates. Eating local foods when available is a sustainable habit, as it requires less transportation. This means decreased fossil fuel emissions, as well as providing support for local businesses. For more information about participating locations and menus, check out the Facebook event page.
Written by Leslie Wolf, Class of 2015