Eastern’s ‘Campus Sustainability Week’

Written by Michael Rouleau

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WILLIMANTIC, CT– Eastern Connecticut State University will participate in the Third Annual Campus Sustainability Week from Oct. 9-15. The weeklong celebration is coordinated by the Connecticut Alliance for Campus Sustainability, a network of state universities that addresses environmental and social challenges in Connecticut.

Activities will range from outdoor yoga to documentary showings to discussions about food security. Participating campuses this year include Eastern, Wesleyan University and Yale University. Activities open to the public at Eastern include:

On Oct. 9, a book swap will occur in the Webb Hall foyer from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A solar cooker demonstration will occur outside in the Webb Lawn from 12 to 2 p.m.

On Oct. 10, a showcase of local farmers who produce food for Eastern’s dining services will occur on the Student Center patio from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A showing of the documentary “Just Eat It” will occur from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Student Center Theatre.

On Oct. 11, another book swap will occur from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Webb Hall foyer, as well as another solar cooker demonstration from 12 to 2 p.m. outside of Webb Hall. The movie “No Impact Man” will show from 5 to 6:30 in room 217 of the Student Center. The film follows a Manhattan family that decides to lead a zero-waste lifestyle.

On Oct. 12, the award-winning documentary “Reuse” will show from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Student Center Theatre.

On Oct. 15, the week’s concluding event will be the “Fall for Nature Trail Run,” starting at 12 p.m. at Mansfield Hollow State Park. Runners, walkers and volunteers are invited to the three-mile trail run, which aims to inspire interest in preserving parks and natural spaces. The run includes a pre-registration fee of $5 or a day-of registration fee of $10.

For more information on Eastern’s Campus Sustainability Week, as well as activities happening at other campuses, visit the online calendar at http://www.easternct.edu/sustainenergy/files/2017/10/Campus-Sustainability-Week-2017.pdf.

The Connecticut Alliance for Campus Sustainability was founded and co-chaired by Eastern and Yale for the purpose of sharing information, developing partnerships and implementing strategies to address different sustainability issues.