October is Campus Sustainability Month, and ASU celebrates by engaging and inspiring Sun Devils through campus activities, events and experiences. Campus Sustainability Month complements Earth Month in April, focusing on local action and sustainability solutions on college and university campuses.
Sun Devils can learn about ASU's sustainability goals and how they can get involved when participating in one of the many events occurring this month. These events took place during October 2022.
Chalk Art Campus Sustainability Month Kick-off
Stop by and enjoy the kick-off of Campus Sustainability Month at ASU with "The Pathway to Sustainability" chalk art display. A local artist will produce this piece of art throughout the day and allow for assistance with specific areas of the display. There will be tabling from University Sustainability Practices, ASU trivia and an opportunity to pledge your sustainable commitments. Join us on Wednesday, Oct. 5, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Student Services lawn.
Sustainability Walking Tour
Take a walk around the Tempe campus with a guide from University Sustainability Practices. Learn everything there is to know about our sustainability points of pride on campus. This guided tour will take guests for a short loop that includes: Fulton Center parking garage's solar array, Hayden Lawn, Lot 59's solar parasol, the Memorial Union, Old Main, the Social Sciences building, the Student Pavilion and Wrigley Hall.
During Campus Sustainability Month, we will be hosting four tours on:
- Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 2 p.m.
- Thursday, Oct. 13 at 11 a.m.
- Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 10 a.m.
- Monday, Oct. 24 at noon.
Each tour starts from the Student Pavilion. Please find more information and RSVP here.
Sustainability and You at ASU - Tabling - Downtown Campus
Join the University Sustainability Practices team in celebrating Campus Sustainability Month at the Downtown Phoenix campus. There will be games, giveaways, and opportunities for individuals to learn more about ASU sustainability and the events taking place during Campus Sustainability Month. Find University Sustainability Practices at Taylor Mall from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Oct. 6.
Men's Football: Green Game
The ASU men's football team faces UW on Saturday, Oct. 8, at 1pm.
Women's Volleyball: Green Game
The ASU women's volleyball team faces USC on Sunday, Oct. 9, at 1pm.
Fair Trade Tips, Tricks and Treats Tabling
This Campus Sustainability Month, join the University Sustainability Practices team in learning about Fair Trade and why it is so important when purchasing with sustainability and ethical labor practices in mind. Fair Trade educational opportunities and treats will be provided! Stop by our table at the Dean's Patio (W.P. Carey) from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Oct. 12.
Solar Sewing Rover Event - Paul Nosa
Celebrate Campus Sustainability Month and engage with the artwork of artist Paul Nosa in action! Utilizing a sewing machine powered fully by a solar panel and bike, Paul creates sustainable embroidery patches inspired by three words or less. Find University Sustainability Practices, Paul and his Solar Rover at the Dean's Patio (W.P. Carey) from noon to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13.
Basics of Herb Gardening
Stop by the Garden Commons and join our Basics of Herb Gardening workshop. You will learn about best-growing practices for herbs that thrive in the Sonoran Desert. Herbs are an easy and water-wise choice for our gardens and provide local flavors in our kitchens. A tour of the garden and easy to start seeds are included. This workshop will take place on Friday, October 14 from 11 a.m. to noon at the Garden Commons located at 5992 S. Tweet St. Mesa, AZ 85212.
Sustainable Food Fest
Stop by the Engrained patio to learn more about local sustainable food vendors and the products they produce, grow and sell. Many of these items are used by Sun Devil Hospitality in the various dining halls and P.O.D. Markets across all campuses. University Sustainability Practices and other campus partners will table and showcase sustainable practices at ASU. Be sure to stop by on Wednesday, October 19, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Engrained patio.
Green Event Planner Training - West Campus
Are you hosting an event on campus and curious how you can make it sustainable? Join the University Sustainability Practices team in learning about all things sustainable events! Learn about composting at events, plant-based catering, encouraging public transit use and more at this two-hour informational session. University Sustainability Practices is excited to bring this training to our third campus by hosting this at the West Campus in the University Center Building (Room 241) from 1–3 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20.
Status of Women Conference
On Wednesday, Oct. 26, and Thursday, Oct. 27, join the women of University Sustainability Practices in conversations about the ways we can reduce waste in our daily routines while still being attentive to our self care needs. Learn how beauty products, clothing and other common self-care components can negatively impact both the environment and our bodies. We will also educate about sustainable alternatives to everyday products and discuss the environmental impacts of our clothing choices weighed against sustainably-sourced options. Attend "The Intersection of Sustainability and Self Care" via Zoom from 9:45-10:45am on Oct. 26 and in-person at the MU from 1:30-2:30pm on Oct. 27.
Single Use Scaries
Stop by the tables at the Student Pavilion and let the Zero Waste and University Sustainability Practices teams teach you about why single-use items are so scarily unsustainable! Engage with displays of common single-use items and challenge yourself to swap your single-use items for sustainable ones. Find our tables located outside of the Student Pavilion on Friday, Oct. 28, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Students, employees and other ASU community members can explore more opportunities like these on ASU Events.
In collaboration with the ASU Library, we have compiled a list of sustainability focused eBooks, ASU theses and dissertations, ASU research, films and articles. Enjoy learning more about sustainability during the entire month of October.
Sun Devil Sync
Make sustainability personal. Engage in one of many action-driven events, such as volunteering at the Garden Commons, joining a Blue Bag Sort with Zero Waste or seeing what ASU clubs are doing around campus during Campus Sustainability Month.
Students may explore events and involvement opportunities on Sun Devil Sync.
The goal of Earth Month® is to support the global event for Earth Day on April 22 and to raise awareness and inspire personal and collaborative action in implementing sustainability solutions at ASU.
Subscribe to the University Sustainability Practices newsletter that gets released 4 times each year. This newsletter provides students, staff and faculty with education on sustainability efforts happening around campus and how individuals can personally get involved.