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Category: Sustainability

UPDATE: President Carter to sign Climate Commitment on Earth Day

Note: This event has been moved to the Nathan Marsh Pusey Room in the Warch Campus Center due to the expectation of rain this afternoon. Masking and other Honor the Pledge protocols will be in place.

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to witness President Laurie Carter sign a Climate Commitment at 4 p.m. Friday. The Climate Commitment is sponsored by Second Nature, a national organization that works with colleges and universities across the country to help accelerate climate action.

“I am impressed by Lawrence’s longstanding commitment to foster a culture of sustainability, from the work of the Sustainability Steering Committee, to the robust student engagement with initiatives like recycling and the SLUG garden, to the campus solar panels that generate 30,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity each year, to the Net Zero Björklunden project,” President Carter said in a message to campus earlier this week. “I also believe it is time for Lawrence to take the next step.”

The signing ceremony comes on Earth Day. It will take place at 4 p.m. in front of Main Hall. If rain remains in the forecast, the ceremony will be moved to the Nathan Marsh Pusey Room in the Warch Campus Center. (If indoors, masking and other pandemic protocols will be in place.)

“I am excited for Lawrence to join the institutions across the state and country that have made this vital commitment,” President Carter said in her message. “It is an important reflection of our values and the university’s dedication to a sustainable future. A key component of the Climate Commitment is the development of a comprehensive Climate Action Plan for Lawrence, which includes carbon neutrality and resilience.”

Treats will be available after the ceremony.

Earth Week events planned on campus

A series of Earth Week events are being planned for next week, coordinated by the LUCC Sustainability Committee. April 22 is Earth Day. Among the highlights:

Tuesday, April 19:

  • Native seed planting, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
  • Screening of the film, Awake, A Dream from Standing Rock, 8 to 11 p.m., Warch Cinema

Wednesday, April 20:

  • Greenfire stargazing with physics professor Megan Pickett, 9 to 10 p.m., Kohler Hall roof.

Thursday, April 21:

  • Chalk art, 3 to 5 p.m., Memorial Hall

Friday, April 22:

  • Presidential signing of a climate commitment, outside Main Hall, 4 p.m.
  • Painting the Brokaw retaining wall, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., under Drew Street walking bridge

Saturday, April 23:

  • Annual Campus Clean-Up, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Bird walk with Kai Freuh, 1 to 2:30 p.m., outside Warch
  • Sustain-A-Ball, 9:30 to 11:30 p.m., Somerset

Sunday, April 24:

  • ORC Paddling the Fox River, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Greenfire Earthfest, 2 to 5 p.m., Main Hall Green

Sustainability Training for Employees Correction

We would like to make a correction to the email that was sent to you on Tuesday, March 22. The sustainability training will not be mandatory for faculty and staff. We acknowledge everyone’s busy schedules and do not wish to add more burden.

We do still highly encourage you to complete this training for the betterment of our community.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email Grace Subat at

Sustainability Steering Committee

Co-chairs: Grace Subat and Relena Ribbons

Recycling Event

Join the LU Environmental Organization at the recycling fair: A fun event where students and staff can become their most sustainable selves by learning to compost and recycle electronics, batteries, plastic, glass, and metal here at Lawrence! 

At the event, you can play games to win fun prizes including snacks, bath products, coffee and tea, and much, much more!  

The event will be held in the Mead Witter room of the Warch Campus Center on Saturday, Feb 19 from 9:30-1 pm.  See you there!

Campus Race to Zero Waste

Lawrence is once again participating in Campus Race to Zero Waste, a cross-country competition where college campuses measure their waste output to see who can produce the least. Starting now and running through the end of winter term, please do your best to reduce your waste footprint with actions like reducing the amount that you print, use green clamshells in Andrews Commons, and just think more carefully about what you throw away.

Connecting Environmental Sustainability with Music

The piece “One World” tells the story of how LU student Jim Yang (Env. Studies and Music Performance major and founder of LU Environmental Organization) was inspired to participate in environmental sustainability work. After breathing in exhaust fumes from vehicles on the street, Jim realized that the health of our planet is connected to our health.

Composed by Taylor Hallman

Performed by Jim Yang

SLUG Produce Sale Wednesdays

SLUG will be selling fresh produce every Wednesday morning from 9-12 AM or as long as supplies last. The sale will be held in front of the SLUG house (the blue house located on Boldt Way, across from International House).

There will be changing offerings every week depending on what is ready to harvest in the garden. Email with any questions you may have.

Sustainable Menstruation Survey

The LU Environmental Org. just received funding to provide menstrual cups and reusable pads to any student who would like to have them FOR FREE. If you menstruate, please consider taking this completely anonymous survey! Responses will give us more information about how many of each product to order. THE SURVEY IS DUE ON WEDNESDAY, MAY 12 AT NOON!

Some background: reusable period products are different from standard tampons and pads because they can be cleaned/reused, they are not full of chemicals, they are eco-friendly and help divert waste from the landfills, and they may help combat period poverty. The LU Environmental Org. is collaborating with SAASHA, LUDWiG, the Food Pantry, and the D&IC. The products will be available in the Food Pantry (in the basement of Sabin House) and in the D&IC in an accessible location. For those on campus, delivery will also be an option as well as a possible tabling event in Warch.

Please contact Lauren Kelly (LU Environmental Org. president) at with any questions!

Links: (menstrual cup information–OrganiCup) (how to use menstrual cups–YouTube video) (reusable pad information–Teamoy)

Debunking Recycling Myths

Myth: You need to remove all labels before recycling glass, plastic or aluminum containers. 
Fact: You do not need to remove the labels on glass, plastic or aluminum containers. The heat generated in the manufacturing process removes the labels. 

Myth: You must remove your beverage container cap before recycling. 
Fact: Caps and lids can be recycled too. Because caps can slip off conveyor belts during the recycling process, empty the bottle, cap it, and toss into the recycling bin. 

Myth: You are required to remove staples, labels and stickers from paper before recycling. 
Fact: You do not need to remove staples, labels or stickers from paper products. The material is removed during the recycling process.