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University celebrates Sustainability Week Oct. 15 23

The University of South Carolina will share new school colors of garnet, black and green during Sustainability Week, which runs Oct. 15 – 23 on the university’s campus.

The observance provides opportunities for faculty, staff and students and the community to learn how the university has emerged as a leader in sustainability and what they can do to help the university realize its “green-print” for the future. The university’s weeklong observance centers around National Sustainability Day on Oct. 21.

Sustainability Week will feature a series of events hosted by Green (West) Quad and the launching of its “green” Web site: The site will provide a central place for information on the university’s sustainability efforts to create greener campuses and be a catalyst for sustainability in South Carolina.

“Sustainability Week is an opportunity to learn about what is being done on campus -- and what still needs to be done -- in order to create a sustainable campus and society,” said Dr. David Whiteman, faculty principal of Green (West) Quad. “At the end of the week, the Earth Summit is a time to gather news idea and set our priorities for the future.”

Highlights will include Sustainability Day on Wednesday, Oct. 21, and the second annual Earth Summit Friday, Oct. 23.

Sustainability Day will feature a community-service project and a sustainability fair in front of the Russell House University Union.

From 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, students through the Community Service Intern Program, in conjunction with Green (West) Quad and Sustainable Midlands, will plant lupine and daylilies along the Rocky Branch Creek, near the intersection of Main and Whaley streets, to beautify and sustain that area. To participate, students must register online at

The sustainability fair will feature campus and community organizations that have a sustainability focus. From 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., members of the university and greater community can learn about and get involved in the greening of the University of South Carolina. Participating student organizations include the Longboarding Club, Net Impact, Green (West) Quad and SAGE.

The Earth Summit will take place 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Green (West) Quad Learning Center. All faculty, staff and students of the university are invited to attend the summit, where they can share and learn about the sustainability efforts taking place and planned across the university and provide input to establish and refine the university’s sustainability goals.

A complete schedule of Sustainability Week events is available online at

Among the other events are the Green Action Film Series viewing of “The Story of Stuff” (Oct. 15), a Greenbag lunch on global sustainability with faculty and student speakers discussing sustainable development around the world (Oct. 19), and an evening discussion on bio-fuels featuring local experts and students from Net Impact (Oct. 21).

Sustainability Week comes as the university continues to celebrate a number of green success stories. In August, Honors Residence, a new residence hall designed and built to Gold LEED standards, opened, and the university earned a green rating of 95 (out of a possible 99) from Princeton Review. Last week, the university earned a B rating on the College Sustainability Report Card 2010 (, improving in seven of nine categories and placing it among the best universities in the Southeast. The annual green rating of U.S. universities and colleges is compiled by the Sustainable Endowments Institute.

Sustainability Week

  • What: Chance for the university to showcase its campus-wide green-ness.
  • When: Oct. 15 - 23

By Office of Media Relations

Posted: 10/19/09 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 10/19/09 @ 2:09 PM | Permalink