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 Campus Sustainability Tour, 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). Some past events have included:

  • Transportation Challenge (Staff and Faculty only): Walk, Bike, Carpool to/from work and get entered in a raffle for a FitBit.
  • Tiny house tours
  • Bag Monster Campaign: Take a selfie with the Bag Monster and tweet or Instagram to receive a free reusable bag.
  • Eco Challenge: 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!
  • Wellness Trail Walk: A SMAC and Healthy Campus co-sponsored event. Start in front of the MAAC, walk the wellness trail, and be entered to win prizes.
  • Sustainability Month speakers
  • Green Raider open forums
  • BYOM (mug) to RPB Coffeehouse
  • Movie screenings
  • Engergy Vampire Raffles: The Green Raiders sell raffle tickets for sustainable "Smart Strip" gift baskets while educating the campus community on the "Energy Vampires" that consume our electricity.
  • Lunch and Learn - Sustainability in our Daily Lives: 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. 
  • Green Cleaning Workshop - This program introduces "Green Cleaning'. You 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.
  • Relax and DeStress Event: Everyone needs to manage their stress. 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. 

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. Visit the website to see official results



RecycleMania is a friendly competition among college and university recycling programs in North America and Canada. During eight 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.  Visit the website to see official results.


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 sponsor an Earth Hour each year.

Earth Month

The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970 was the catalyst that helped jumpstart the modern environmental movement, inspiring citizens around the world to demonstrate their commitment to a healthy and sustainable world. In true Green Raider fashion, there will be events schedued throughout the entire month of April to celebrate our planet! Past Earth Month events have included:

  • Upcycling workshops
  • Community bike rides
  • Tree plantings
  • Clean-up events
  • Earth Month speakers
  • Green Raider open forums 
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