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Sustainability Week 2018

The University of Dayton will continue working toward a more sustainable world with a week of public activities Oct. 21-24 to promote green living.

Events listed here are free unless otherwise specified.

  • 2:30-3:30 p.m. Oct. 21, Kennedy Union green roof: Sustainability Week yoga.
  • 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 22, in front of Kennedy Union: Make smoothies with a blender run by bicycle power and learn more about the University of Dayton Sustainability Club.
  • 11:30 a.m.-1:30m. Oct. 23, in front of Kennedy Union: Bug Bake Sale. The Prather Lab will be selling baked goods and hot chocolate. Come see some cool bugs, grab some grub and learn about how bugs can help us be more sustainable. Proceeds will go to the Dakota Center in Dayton to help build and maintain their urban garden.
  • 6 p.m. Oct. 23, Adele Center Multipurpose Room: Viewing of the documentary Chasing Coral, which shows the effects of coral bleaching. Chasing Coral was made by the producers of Chasing Ice, which won an Emmy® award for Outstanding Nature Programming. Zack Rago from the documentary Chasing Coral will discuss his role in the film, climate change, the importance of our oceans.
  • 6 p.m. Oct. 24, Science Center 114: Sustainability Week’s keynote speaker, Zack Rago from the documentary Chasing Coral, will discuss his role in the film, climate change and the importance of our oceans.

UD Sustainability Club students plan Sustainability Week with support from the Hanley Sustainability Institute, the Sustainability Activation Program, Exposure Labs and Rumpke.

The University of Dayton is ranked No. 18 on Sierra magazine's "Cool Schools" list for displaying "a deep and thorough commitment to protecting the environment, addressing climate issues and encouraging environmental responsibility." UD is the only school in the Midwest among the top 20 and ranks third among all U.S. Catholic colleges and universities. 

This spring, the University earned its first gold rating in the STARS rating system. UD's STARS score ranks in the top 2 percent of all rated schools, first in Ohio, and second among all U.S. Catholic colleges and universities. The University earned perfect or near perfect marks for academic research; diversity and affordability; sustainability coordination and planning; and innovation and leadership.

UD also is one of the 399 most environmentally responsible colleges in the nation, according to The Princeton Review, which features the University in its 2018 The Princeton Review Guide to 399 Green Colleges.

UD is part of Second Nature's Carbon Commitment, which commits the University to becoming carbon neutral by 2050. UD also is a part of "We're Still In," which supports climate action to meet the Paris Agreement; the Global Catholic Climate Movement; and the U.N. Global Compact, the world's largest corporate sustainability initiative.

A fair trade university and the nation's first Catholic university to divest from fossil fuels, UD has committed to renovating or building facilities on campus with at least silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification or an equivalent status in mind.

Many of the University's sustainability education initiatives received a boost in 2014 with a $12.5 million gift from the George and Amanda Hanley Foundation. The largest single gift in University history also established the Hanley Sustainability Institute.

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News and Communications Staff