VILLANOVA, Pa. – Villanova University will join universities nationwide October 22 in celebrating Campus Sustainability Day (CSD), an initiative started by The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). This year marks Villanova’s second CSD, demonstrating the University’s ongoing commitment to integrate sustainability programs into its curricula, scholarly research, academic and community events, as well as its institutional policy and practice.
CSD is held annually to celebrate sustainability achievements in higher education. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to exchange ideas with the goal of instilling additional sustainability principles in higher education institutions and their surrounding communities. Participants in CSD will gain a greater understanding of what sustainability is, what Villanova is doing to be sustainable, how they can get involved both academically and through extracurricular activities, and how a passion for sustainability can lead to a successful career.
Villanova’s CSD celebration will include a series of on-campus events and an evening lecture. Beginning at 10 a.m. and running through 4 p.m., the first-ever, “Mt. Trashmore” will be constructed in front of The Connelly Center. Trash will be collected from Dougherty Hall and The Connelly Center (two buildings on campus that house a dining hall and multiple cafes) throughout the day and piled up in order to demonstrate the quantity of garbage that is created from two buildings on campus on a daily basis.
“This year’s Campus Sustainability Day celebration is focused on waste,” said Liesel Schwarz, Villanova University Sustainability Manager. “By showing students how much waste is produced in Mt. Trashmore, we hope to inspire a conversation about how to reduce that waste. Simple actions can make a big difference, and reusable mugs and bottles can make a big impact.” (This event has been rescheduled until October 28 because of expected rain storms)
At 12:30 p.m., members of the Villanova community are invited to join an hour-long “Sustainable Tour” of campus led by student members of the President’s Environmental Sustainability Committee. The tour, which departs from the Awakening sculpture (the “Oreo”), will highlight the campus’ sustainable features.
“We are also looking forward to our second annual sustainable careers panel featuring Villanova alumni. It’s always great when students can interact with alumni,” Schwarz commented.
The final event of the day, “Sustainable Careers” will be held from 5-6 p.m. in Driscoll Hall, Rm. 132. The program will feature a panel discussion by Villanova alumni whose careers are focused on sustainability. Panelists include Jaclyn Marge, ’07, ’13, College of Engineering, a civil engineer for the Philadelphia Water Department; Stephen Donofrio, ’06, Villanova School of Business, founder of Greenpoint; Christopher Kriegner, ’09, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, a senior scientist for O’Brien and Gere; and Allison Novak, ’11, College of Engineering, an organic business accountant for Covanta. A networking reception with refreshments will be held immediately following the panel in the Driscoll Lobby.
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About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's six colleges – the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing, the College of Professional Studies and the Villanova University School of Law. As students grow intellectually, Villanova prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them.