Green Week

The West Lafayette campus celebrates Green Week – a campus initiative to promote and share sustainable practices – in October with a variety of free events that are open to the campus community.

The Campus Planning, Architecture and Sustainability department will celebrate Green Week 2023 on Oct. 21-27. Events listed below are open to the West Lafayette campus community, including students, faculty and staff. 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.-12 p.m. 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 volunteering opportunity to help beautify campus and raise awareness about waste? Join the Boiler Green Initiative (BGI) in an effort 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 up 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. Some of the items that will be collected include TVs, computer screens, laptops and printers. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Purdue Surplus Store parking lot (700 Ahlers Drive).

Great Lakes Film Screening: Purdue’s Institute for a Sustainable Future, through their 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. More information is available here.

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).

*All attendees must wear closed-toe shoes.
*Attendees are encouraged to bring work gloves.
*Registration is required by 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 22.

Wednesday, Oct. 25

Purdue Student Government Tabling Event: Join the Purdue Student Government (PSG) 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.-3 p.m., Wilmeth Active Learning Center.

ISF Research Expo/Water New Year Celebration: Purdue’s Institute for a Sustainable Future is hosting their Fall Research Expo in conjunction with Green Week! Come see posters on student/graduate student research on various aspects of sustainability including water, energy, health, risk, climate, agriculture and much more. Research spans the state and the globe. A research poster session will occur from 1-3 p.m. A reception and celebration of the water new year, with information on state of water in Indiana, begins at 3 p.m., Purdue Memorial Union South Ballroom. More information is available here.

Purdue Student Sustainability Council Food Scrape Event: Join Purdue Student Sustainability Council (PSSC) 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.-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.-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.-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 and is 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.

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