October is Campus Sustainability Month and Hope Advocates for Sustainability (HAS) is excited to be hosting a number of activities to promote sustainability on Hope’s campus!

Held every October, Campus Sustainability Month (CSM) is hosted by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) as an international celebration of sustainability in higher education. The goal of CSM is to raise the visibility of campus sustainability and provide campus sustainability advocates with a platform through which to deepen campus engagement around sustainability. It provides an excellent opportunity to recruit new leaders and set goals for the rest of the year. It serves as a complement to Earth Day, which is held each year in April, and is often a time for celebration and recognition of the good work that took place over the course of the academic year.

Below is a list of events/activities that will be occurring. We would love to see you participate in any or all of them!

October 5 and 9: Local Park Cleanup Events

Join HAS as we host cleanup events at two of our local parks (Kollen Park and Holland State Park). Email sustainability@hope.edu for registration information.

October 6: Critical Issues Symposium Breakout Session

HAS will be leading a breakout session focused on “environmental well-being” as part of this year’s Critical Issues Symposium. Email sustainability@hope.edu for more information.

October 14: Volunteer at Eighth Day Farms

Stop by anytime from 12:30-3pm to help prep Eighth Day Farm for winter. It will be at their main site in the town center (12330 James St.). We recommend wearing comfy clothes that can get dirty, dressing in layers and bringing a water bottle and gloves if possible! Email sustainability@hope.edu for registration information.

October 10-31: Greek Goes Green

Join in on Campus Sustainability Month through your Greek Organization! The winning organization will be named the Most Sustainable Greek Organization of the 2021-2022 Academic Year.  Email Christian.Lundy@hope.edu with any questions. 

October 15 – 29th: Students, get “Caught Being Green”

HAS Interns and Green Team members will be handing out tickets during this time period to students they catch “being green.” Activities may include being seen: using a reusable green-to-go clam shell, reusable water bottles/coffee cup, turning off the light when you leave a room, and biking to class (don’t forget your helmet). Bring your tickets to the collection box at our informational table in the library by October 29 and be entered into our drawing for prizes.

October 15 – 31st: Table at the Library

The VanWylen Library Table will be featuring books, posters, and other items that reflect Campus Sustainability Month. Signs will showcase some of the events and projects that HAS interns have been working on throughout this semester. The “Caught Being Green” cards can also be dropped off at the table in order to enter for the raffle. Be sure to stop by!

October 18-22: “Get Planted” with Dining Services 

This week, we are spreading the word about the environmental benefits of plant-based eating on college campuses. Often, people wonder if they are getting enough protein when cutting back on meat. To help answer that question, Dining Services will be highlighting plant-based sources of protein all week. Follow them on social media and be sure to check out the yummy food options being offered. C’mon, veg out a little!

October 20: Nutrition Event

Have you ever considered becoming vegetarian, vegan, or simply incorporating more plant-based meals into your diet? On October 20th at 8pm in the Martha Miller Fried Hemenway Auditorium, HAS will be hosting an informational event that will cover a wide range of topics surrounding plant-based diets. These topics include the myths and facts behind the nutritional aspect of a meatless diet, as well as how a plant-focused diet can help promote a more sustainable lifestyle. We would love to spark curiosity and provide information about an exciting topic! Come join us!

October 21/22: “The Perils of Plastic” and “Plastic Paradox”

The Office of the Dean for Natural and Applied Sciences is pleased to welcome Dr. Sherri “Sam” Mason, one of the foremost experts in the field of Freshwater Plastic Pollution, to campus October 21 and 22, 2021.

Dr. Mason will deliver two lectures:

  1. Thursday, 10/21/21: “The Perils of Plastic”

6:30pm in the HASP classroom at Anderson-Werkman

  1. Friday, 10/22/21:  “Plastic Paradox”

2:00pm in the Bultman Student Center Auditorium

We hope that you can join us as we learn about the impact that plastics have on our beloved Great Lakes. The Gentile Lectureship is made possible by a gift from the Kavli Foundation of Oxnard, CA.

October 22: Annual Campus Sustainability Month Tree Planting

We will be planting a Black Gum (Nyssa sylvatica) in the triangular turf area between the Bultman Student Center and Van Vleck Hall at 2pm.

October 30: Plant-a-Thon

Come to the Pine Grove between 12:30-3:30 pm to plant some herbs! Bring your own pot (reuse old food containers or pots) and we will supply soil and seeds.

November 16: Film-“Gather” at the Knickerbocker

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion and the Office of Sustainability are partnering with The Big Read to present the film “Gather”. The film is an intimate portrait of the growing movement amongst Native Americans to reclaim their spiritual, political and cultural identities through food sovereignty, while battling the trauma of centuries of genocide. The screening will be held in the Knickerbocker Theatre on Tuesday, November 16 at 7:00pm. The public is invited and admission is free, although advance registration is required at  https://kinema.com/events/gather-svtwtf

As always, check out our social media channels and podcast for additional tips and details about things happening this month and all year long!Hope Advocates for Sustainability

Instagram @HopeCollegeSustainability and @HAS_hopecollege

Facebook HopeAdvocatesforSustainability

Twitter HC_Green

Podcast Spotify = Voices of Sustainability 

Website hope.edu/sustainability