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Wartburg to host Sustainability Days

Sustainability Days
Anne Duncan and Emily Layton go over plans for the Sustainability Days that will take place Oct. 1-2.

Monday, Oct. 1, marks the beginning of Wartburg’s Second Annual Campus Sustainability Days.  The event will last through Tuesday, Oct. 2, with activities planned throughout.

“The goal is to increase awareness of sustainability on campus. Whether that’s sustainable living, sustainability in the curriculum, it’s just sustainability on campus,” Anne Duncan, sustainability coordinator said.

The event begins with a message in the chapel from 10:15 to 10:35 a.m. Next is the Be Green Fair, located in the Student Center lobby from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. E-waste collection is offered all day. Old cell phones, mp3 players and other devices may be deposited in the Student Center lobby for recycling.

The main attractions are the sustainability forums that will be held on both days. The forums will be in the Saemann Ballrooms. On Monday it will be held from 2:30 to 4 p.m. and on Tuesday it will be held from 11:20 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. Each will focus on curriculum, dining, waste, facilities and natural resources.

It is a chance for people to come and give feedback on sustainability, Duncan said. We want people to kind of guide where the sustainability program at Wartburg goes. Sustainability is here because our campus body was passionate about it.”

On Oct. 2, Bike Tech will offer a bike clinic from 2 to 4 p.m. Following that Crawdaddy Outdoors will provide kayak demonstrations from 9 to 10 p.m in “The W” pool.

No matter your age, interests or ecological philosophy, the sustainability fair has something for everyone, Duncan said.

“Sustainability is a really broad subject; it includes a lot of things. But it impacts us all. One of the things that I just found out is that 70 percent of businesses have sustainability as part of their business agenda. So no matter what your major is, you will be impacted by sustainability,” Duncan said.

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