Did you know Auburn University has numerous programs in place to decrease the school’s carbon footprint and increase overall sustainability? They have initiatives that decrease office waste & food waste, recycle and reuse materials, minimize water and energy use, and source locally-produced food, to name a few. You can even minor in sustainability!!
Do you want to get involved and learn more? (Yes, you do, this stuff is way cool and gives you bragging rights on your Uni AND on yourself for being green). You’re in the right spot because I’ve got an event for you!
Tomorrow, Wednesday August 23, is the 2017 5th Annual Sustainability Picnic where you get to enjoy FREE FOOD while meeting local farmers who provide food to campus, enjoy live music by student Caroline Jackson, meet those in and learn about involvement in student organizations which give you an opportunity to dive into sustainability not only for Auburn’s campus, but for the world at large. Did I mention you’ll make new friends?
This is a ZERO WASTE picnic! It will start at 4:30 and conclude at 6:30 and will be held at the Donald E. Davis Arboretum which is off Garden Drive via S. College.
There will also be raffle prizes! Of which I totally donated one! My gift bag includes local farmers, Hornsby Farm’s, Dill Pickles, Homemade Jam and a shirt of their’s that reads, “Know Your Grower – Don’t Buy From Strangers.” I also included local farmer, Jesse’s Girls, homemade honey and a local maker’s handmade ornament of Samford Hall. There’s plenty of Coldwell Banker goodies in there too like a stadium compliant bag and a fan you put in your phone to keep you cool (during football games!). I got all these goodies at The LocAL Market downtown!
(Graphic credit: Auburn University Office of Sustainability)
The Sustainability Picnic is made possible by the following sponsors: Academic Sustainability Programs, the Natural Resources Management Major, Office of Sustainability, Tiger Dining, the Arboretum, and the Waste Reduction and Recycling Department. We’ll see you on Wednesday, August 23rd for a great time!
Last fun fact: I used to help organize this entire picnic for three straight years! I was also the emcee at each of them and gave out all raffle prizes, helped pick menus, everything! It was one of my best memories at Auburn and the involvement definitely carried over to my success in my career. I worked as a sustainability program developer right out of college and helped open Plains 2 Plate while I was a student. Auburn is so awesome!