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:

  • Transportation Challenge (Staff and Faculty only):  Walk, Bike, Carpool to/from work from 10/5-10/26 and get entered in a raffle for a FitBit. Stop by the Fitness Center Desk to record your participation on the sheet provided.
  • Bag Monster Campaign: Take a selfie with the Bag Monster and tweet or instagram it to receive a FREE reusable bag.
  • Green Revolving Fund Survey: SMAC will be sharing information about recent Green Revolving Fund projects and results, as well as soliciting the campus community for future project ideas from 10/9-10/15.
  • Eco Challenge: Open to the entire campus from 10/11 - 10/25. EcoChallenge gives you the tools and inspiration to reduce your impact on the planet and contribute to a healthy, vibrant, and sustainable future, all while engaging the people in your life and having fun in the process. Choose a challenge that stretches your comfort zone, stick with it for two weeks, and make a difference for you, your community, and the planet!


Campus Events and Activities:

10/5/2017 – Wellness Trail Walk 
11 a.m. - 1 p.m. A SMAC and Healthy Campus co-sponsored event. Start in front of the MAAC, walk the wellness trail, and be entered to win prizes. Fruit and water will be available.

10/9/2017 – Sustainability Month Speaker - "Ethics of Eating" 
7 - 8 p.m. in the Newbold Room, HPCC. Mr. Keith Allison, a Field Educator with the Ethical Choice Program (ECP), will provide a program on the topics of healthful eating, modern agriculture and its impact on ecosystems and our health, and factory farming.

10/19/2017 – Green Raider Open Discussion - "Fact and Lies of the Cosmetics Industry" 
7-8 p.m. in Campus Grounds. Join the Green Raiders in an open discussion about the Cosmetic Industry. Watch a TED Talk, learn hidden secrets, and share your views.

10/20/2017 – BYOM (Mug) to RPB Coffeehouse 
7 p.m. in Campus Grounds. Bring your own mug to Coffeehouse. The Green Raiders will pick their favorites and give Chipotle gift cards to the winners! Forget your mug? The Green Raiders will be supplying some reusable mugs to borrow!

10/23/2017 – Movie Screening - "Death by Design"
7 - 8:30 p.m. in Campus Grounds

10/24 - 10/31/2017 – Energy Vampire Raffles
The Green Raiders will be selling raffle tickets for sustainable "Smart Strip" gift baskets while educating the campus community on the "Energy Vampires" that consume our electricity. Smart power strips work to reduce your power usage by shutting down power to products that go into standby mode. You could combate vampire power by continually unplugging your gadgets, but with a smart power strip, you won't have to. 

10/26/2017 – "Sustainability in our Daily Lives" Lunch and Learn
11:15-11:45 a.m. in the Alumni Room, HPCC. Come learn about steps you can take in your everyday life to be more sustainable. Simple measures can go a long way in reducing your environmental impact and making this planet a clean and safe place. 


Nature Center Events:

10/1/2017 – Green Cleaning
2 - 4 p.m.. This program will introduce "Green Cleaning'. You will learn the best natural home products to use for cleaning your entire house. Green cleaning is better for your health, your wallet, and the environment. Learn tips for creating your own cleaning products and make some simple home cleaners to take with you. *Registration required


10/7/2017 – The BIG Sit
Pre-dawn to sunset. It’s a "tailgate party for birders" with the objective to tally as many bird species as can be seen or heard inside a 17-ft count circle. Last year we tallied 38 species from our lawn chairs at the North Woods, including a Bald Eagle and Peregrine Falcon! Join us for a couple of minutes or a couple of hours during this annual, international, noncompetitive birding event. Registration appreciated but not required by October 6.

10/8/2017 – Relax and DeStress Event
1 - 5 p.m. EVERYONE needs to manage their stress these days. Take advantage of some relaxing activities such as a free 10-minute shoulder massage, a stroll through the peaceful woods, walking the labyrinth, relaxing by the pond, listening to live music, and more. Come alone or bring the family - there is something for everyone! No registration required.

10/15/2017 - Huston Barnyard Celebration
1 - 5 p.m. A family-friendly afternoon of activities at our historic Huston barn. There will be games and activities that Mr. Huston’s children would have played back in the late 1800s, a hayride on the Nature Center property, simple snacks that the Huston Family might have enjoyed, and farm animals that were so important to support the Huston Family’s way of life. RSVP appreciated but not required.

10/21/2017 – Faculty Presentation by Dr. Keith Miller “More than Skin Deep:  Molecular Mechanisms and Therapeutic Opportunities in Obesity”
More Than Skin Deep: Molecular Mechanisms and Therapeutic Opportunities in Obesity. During this lecture, Dr. Miller will present a basic understanding of energy regulation in the human body and the consequences of metabolism misregulation. Discussion will cover potential therapeutics and their mechanisms of action. Dr. Keith Miller is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Mount Union. *Register by October 20.

10/22/2017 – Bringing in the Birds – Canton Audubon Society
2 - 4 p.m. This program will provide ideas and information to attract birds to your yard by creating appropriate habitat. In this slide presentation, you will learn what to consider when selecting bird food, feeders, nest boxes, water features and plants. Then you will be treated to a picture parade of all the birds you are likely, and some not so likely, to welcome to your yard. Program courtesy of the Canton Audubon Society. No registration required.

10/29/2017 - Shibori Dyeing
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Instructor Sarah McMahon will guide participants through the ancient art of Shibori resist dyeing. Concentrating on the clamping technique known as Itajime, participants will experiment with samples before creating a colorful scarf. All dyes and materials are provided. Please bring plastic gloves, apron, and container or bag to take home your project. No experience necessary! Pack a lunch or bring a dish to share during our lunch break. *Registration is required and limited to 16 people, ages 12 and older. Materials fee is $25.00 per person. Registration opens on Monday, October 9 at 9:00 a.m. and closes on Sunday, October 22 at 5 p.m.



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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