DePaul celebrates Earth Week 2013
April 19, 2013
By Ann Sherwood
DePaul’s Sustainability Initiatives Task Force (SITF) led the organization of more than 20 events into the Earth Week celebration from April 21 to 27. SITF is working to help DePaul University become an agent of social change for sustainability.
Kevin McGuire, sustainability coordinator for the Office of Mission and Values, said Earth Week’s main goals, drawn from Vision 2018, are “developing opportunities for learning focused on sustainability and showcasing the best practices in sustainable operations and administrative processes.
“The activities we have set up for Earth Week really do address those goals,” McGuire added. Events include a container-planting workshop with help from DePaul’s Urban Farming Organization and staff at the Ray Meyer Fitness and Recreation Center, round-table discussions for faculty on teaching sustainability, a share fair and a variety of other activities.
“Decrease Your File Footprint,” is a workshop offering ideas for reducing paper waste in the office and examples of successful e-records management at DePaul. “There’s quite a history of sustainability best practices at DePaul,” noted McGuire.
At the “Share Fair & Green Food Festival,” attendees can try samples from local sustainability-focused restaurants and DePaul’s Dining Services as well as connect with local and campus organizations focused on the environment and sustainability.
“Household Hazardous Waste Collection,” operated by DePaul’s Environmental Health and Safety Department, will give community members a safe and environmentally friendly way to dispose of hazardous household items.
McGuire said Earth Week will create learning opportunities and are mostly “campus-focused.” Some events, however, are open to the public and will be held at on the Lincoln Park and Loop campuses throughout the week.