Sustainability in Action

Freshman Orientation

Beginning in the Fall of 2015, the Green Raiders have been conducting Sustainability Sessions as part of the Freshman Orientation. The incoming students participate in a Recycling Relay Race and Water Taste Test Challenge in an effort to educate them about sustainability initiatives on campus.Check out their video on how to live sustainabily in a dorm room here

Sustainability Month

Held every October, Campus Sustainability Month is an international celebration of sustainability in higher education. During this month, colleges and universities organize events on campus to engage the campus community to become sustainability change agents. The goal is to raise the visibility of campus sustainability and to deepen campus engagement around sustainability (AASHE).

All Month Long:

  • Get Caught Green Handed (Students only): Receive a sticker from a Green Raider and get entered in raffle for a Chipotle gift card (10-$10 gift cards will be raffled).
  • Transportation Challenge (Staff and Faculty only):  Walk, Bike, Carpool to/from work from 10/3-10/21 and get entered in a raffle for a FitBit.  Stop by the Fitness Center Desk to record your participation on the sheet provided.
  • “Ban the Bag” Campaign in the University Store: Go bag-less or use a reusable bag!  

Special Days throughout the Month:

10/2/2016 – De-Stress at the Nature Center from 1PM-5PM.  Enjoy Yoga, Arts/Crafts, Campfire & S’mores, Free Massages, walking the labyrinth, live music, and more! 

10/8/2016 – Canoe Trip to Deer Creek from 1PM-4PM.  Space is limited, make sure you RSVP at  Once you RSVP you will be contacted with further details! 

10/21/2016 – NEW Campus Wellness Trail Kick-off – Walk the new Wellness Trail between 11AM-2PM and get entered in a raffle for a FitBit.  SMAC will have a table set up at the Bell Tower for you to complete a raffle ticket and grab a Healthy Snack

10/21/2016-- BYOM (Mug) to RPB Coffeehouse – Forget the disposable cups and “Bring Your Own Mug” to Coffeehouse.

  If the Green Raiders like your Mug you will win a prize!

10/22/2016 – Game Day Recycling Challenge – Show your Purple Raider Spirit by supporting the football team and your Green Raider Pride by Recycling!

10/24/2016 – Special Food Waste Program – Stay tuned for more details!  

Game Day Challenge 

The GameDay Recycling Challenge is a nationwide competition among universities to reduce and recycle the waste generated at home football games. During each competition cycle, participating schools report recycling, compost and attendance data for at least one home football game.

The University of Mount Union has been participating in Game Day Challenge since 2012.  On Saturday, October 22, 2016 during the Wilmington game, the Green Raiders weighed Recyclables and Trash from both the Stadium and Tailgate Lots, which resulted in a 44% Diversion Rate.  


RecycleMania is a friendly competition among college and university recycling programs in North America and Canada. During 8 weeks each spring, schools compete to reduce waste, increase recycling and raise awareness of conservation issues across campus.   Mount Union has been competing in Recyclemania since 2008.  RecycleMania 2017 will kickoff on February 5, 2017!  The Green Raiders will be promoting recycling through events and social media posts and will be weighing all recyclables in all of the Residence Halls!  The Residence Hall with the highest Recycling Rate will receive a special prize! 

Earth Hour

Earth Hour is a worldwide grassroots movement uniting people to protect the planet, and is organized by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Engaging a massive mainstream community on a broad range of environmental issues, Earth Hour was famously started as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia in 2007.  The Green Raiders will sponsor an Earth Hour Celebration on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 8:30P  

Earth  Month

The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970 was the catalyst that helped jumpstart the modern environmentalmovement, inspiring citizens around the world to demonstrate their commitment to a healthy and sustainable world.  Earth Day 2017 is Saturday, April 22, 2017.  In true Green Raider fashion there will be events scheduled throughout the entire month of April to celebrate our planet!

Trash to Treasure Sale 

The Trash to Treasure Sale is sponsored by the Regula Center and is held each year in the Physical Plant garage following student move out.  The Alliance community is invited to the sale, with items ranging from desks and beds to clothing and small appliances.  


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