October 20, 2023

Campus community invited to attend sustainability-related events during annual Green Week celebration

The Campus Planning, Architecture and Sustainability unit is gearing up for another Green Week this month. Many sustainability-related events are scheduled for Oct. 21-27 by a variety of campus departments and organizations. The weeklong celebration includes several planned activities and events and is an initiative to help promote and encourage sustainability efforts on campus and beyond.

The West Lafayette campus community is invited to attend the events listed below. Registration is not required unless otherwise noted.

Saturday, Oct. 21

Make a Difference Day/De-Trash the Wabash: Volunteers will pick up trash to help restore the health of the Wabash River. Transportation, breakfast snacks and lunch will be provided! 9 a.m.-noon. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. at Lilly Hall of Life Sciences, Room G126.

Registration is required by 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 18.

  • Purdue students should register here.
  • Community members should register here

Sunday, Oct. 22 

Boiler Green Initiative Campus Cleanup: Interested in a volunteer opportunity to help beautify campus and raise awareness about waste? Join the Boiler Green Initiative to remove trash on campus! Supplies will be provided. 1-3 p.m., Purdue Mall.

Monday, Oct. 23 

E-Waste Day: Campus Planning, Architecture and Sustainability and Purdue Surplus are partnering with Green Wave Electronics and the Tippecanoe County Solid Waste District to host a personal and university electronics recycling drive on campus. The drive is open to the entire greater Lafayette community. Items that will be collected include TVs, computer screens, laptops and printers. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Purdue Surplus Store parking lot (700 Ahlers Drive).

Great Lakes film screening: Purdue’s Great Lakes Science Initiative will host a film screening of “The Erie Situation,”  an award-winning documentary that tells the story of how a global issue is impacting a local community in Toledo, Ohio. This film explores the intersection of science, public opinion and political decision-making as Ohio grapples with the factors contributing to harmful toxic algae in the Great Lakes. After the screening, the audience will have the opportunity to engage with a panel of specialists in the fields of water quality, environmental conservation and agriculture. 5:30-8:30 p.m., Stanley Coulter Hall, Room 239.

Tuesday, Oct. 24

Purdue Student Farm Workday: The Purdue Student Farm Organization will host a workday at the farm, where people can learn more about sustainable farming practices and where our food comes from. Hot drinks and snacks will be provided. 6 p.m., Purdue Student Farm (1491 Cherry Lane). Registration is required by 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 22. 

Wednesday, Oct. 25 

Purdue Student Government Tabling Event: Join the Purdue Student Government  Sustainability Committee to learn about sustainable transportation options at Purdue and in the West Lafayette area. Be sure to pick up a tote bag, plant paper or plant pot. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wilmeth Active Learning Center. 

Purdue Student Sustainability Council Food Scrape Event: Join the Purdue Student Sustainability Council and Purdue Dining as they raise awareness about individual food waste by visually separating wasted food from plates. 5-9 p.m., Ford Dining Court.

Thursday, Oct. 26

Final Farmers Market: Come enjoy the final farmers market of the season! Enjoy lunch, and pick up fresh produce or baked goods to take home. The market takes place at 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Memorial Mall. 

Green-Involved Fair: Tabling events will be held by sustainability-related campus organizations. Organizations and clubs will have interactive activities to incentivize joining. The fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Centennial Mall. 

Friday, Oct. 27

Purdue Day of Service: The Purdue Day of Service is hosted by the Purdue for Life Foundation and supports the 1869 Tree Planting Master Plan and Sustainability Master Plan. This event will feature tree planting and beautification work throughout campus. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The morning session will take place at Cherry Lane and McCormick Road, near the Purdue Northwest Recreation Fields and the Purdue Student Farm. The afternoon session will be held on Grant Street, near the Wade Utility Plant. Registration for the event is required. 

Fall Into Nature: The Department of Forestry and Natural Resources’ Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice and Belonging committee is spreading awareness that nature is for everyone by providing an introduction to nature through educational tables, guided hikes through Horticulture Park/Stewart Woods and fellowship over some food. 5-8 p.m., Stewart Woods at Horticultural Park. Registration is required by Oct. 20.

Many of the events listed above are dependent on the weather. Be sure to follow @SustainPurdue on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram for updated event information. Questions about Green Week may be directed to Sustainability at sustainability@purdue.edu

Campus Planning, Architecture and Sustainability is part of the Administrative Operations organization. The organization supports the university through safe, reliable and transformative services. Promoting and encouraging sustainability efforts across campus and throughout the community is just one of many ways the organization powers Purdue.

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