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Campus Sustainability Day scheduled for Oct. 20

October 8, 2010

Recycling symbol in green grassThe NIU community is invited Tuesday, Oct. 20, to a free webcast focusing on campus environmental sustainability.

To mark the eighth annual “Campus Sustainability Day,” the Society for College and University Planning and the Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium are co-sponsoring a webcast titled “Empowering a low carbon movement at your campus: strategies and tools for behavior change, community engagement, and large-scale transformation.”

This webcast will be presented by David Gershon, who has written about social change movements and reducing carbon footprints, and moderated by Andrew Revkin, the former environment reporter for the New York Times who is now at Pace University.

Main webcast discussion points:

  • social change design principles and how to apply them to your own campus sustainability initiatives
  • ways to empower individuals to reduce their carbon footprint by 25 percent or more
  • how to mobilize large numbers of people to participate in a local climate change initiative
  • how to achieve 25 to 75 percent community participation in the “Low Carbon Diet” over a three-year period
  • how students, faculty or staff members can bring these strategies and tool to your campus and community

The event takes place from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Carl Sandburg Auditorium of the Holmes Student Center.

NIU sponsors are the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (Themed Learning Communities), the departments of Anthropology, Biological Sciences, Geography, Geological Sciences and Environmental Geosciences, Sociology, the Women’s Studies Program and the Institute for the Study of the Environment, Sustainability & Energy.

For more information, contact David Goldblum at (815) 753-6839 or via e-mail at [email protected].