National Campus Sustainability Day
National Campus Sustainability Day (NCSD) offers students easy and simple ways to live sustainably. The event brings together clubs, organizations and businesses that support sustainable goals, practices and events, in turn encouraging participants to become more involved with sustainability on campus and in the Ames community. Participating groups often promote events, sign-up new members/volunteers and provide giveaway items/coupons. At NCSD, students have been empowered to create succulent gardens, check out media from the Ames Public Library Bookmobile and write sustainability pledges on a mural made of upcycled materials. The event is co-sponsored by The Green Umbrella, a network of student organizations that pursue and promote sustainability initiatives at ISU.
NCSD is held every October in honor of National Campus Sustainability Month, which is sponsored by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), "a non-profit membership organization that empowers higher education faculty, administrators, staff and students to be effective change agents and drivers of sustainability innovation." According to AASHE, the month "provides an unparalleled series of opportunities to engage and inspire incoming students and other campus stakeholders to become leaders for sustainability." As a member of this organization, the Office of Sustainability regularly presents at the annual AASHE Conference, the nation's largest campus sustainability event of its kind.
In considering COVID-19 precautions, this year’s event is being downsized from one large event to three smaller pop-up style events, in three different locations, throughout the month of October. Each event’s location was chosen specifically to highlight ISU’s campus-wide sustainability efforts:
We look forward to celebrating campus sustainability all month in 2020, not just one day!!