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SIU Students Planting Trees durring 2019 Earth Day

APRIL IS EARTH MONTH! 2021

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April is a great time to celebrate our planet and to think about how we can be good stewards. That's why we celebrate Earth Day all month long. We have chosen to focus our events and activities on small in person campus activities, all falling within our current COVID restrictions. Many of these activities are open to students, staff, and faculty. Others are more geared for our student population! Almost all of these activities require advanced registration or sign-up, as there may be a size limit even if there is no cost involved. Got zoom fatigue? Now is a great time to get outside and enjoy our beautiful Tree Campus or go on one of our self-paced Arboretum tours

Don't forget to sign up for the Saluki Green Action Team or follow us on social media for educational posts and weekly updates.

*Indicates student only events.

All Month Long:

The University Honors Program presents: A Fuller Saluki

Installation and inspiration to "make the world for 100% of humanity."

Artist and alumni Ben Lowder returns to campus April 21 to put the finishing touches on the his installation at Bucky’s Haven that celebrates the legacy of Buckminster Fuller. Honors Program student Gabe Bonansinga will share a multi-media meditation inspired by Fuller. The presentation component of this event will take place virtually. Please contact honors@siu.edu for a live event link. We encourage individuals and small groups to visit Bucky’s Haven to view the completed installation.

Keep Carbondale Beautiful Grab n Go Litter Pick-up Kits

Want to volunteer on your own or with a friend? Want to go on your own time and staying socially distanced? Participate in Keep Carbondale's Beautiful's Grab n Go Litter Pick-Up. Stop by Hickory Lodge, 1115 W. Sycamore and get all of the materials you need, including route information and instructions. Find more details at keepcb.org.

John James Audubon's Birds and Mammals

Morris Library, Hall of presidents

Now thru May, Monday- Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

John James Audubon’s book The Birds of America (1827-1838) is a monumental achievement in nature painting, scientific study, and book printing. Originally appearing in 4 volumes on double elephant folio paper (38’’ x 26’’) featuring 435 plates, it required two decades of work and $115,000 ($2 million today) to produce. It was the most comprehensive ornithological record of bird species in North America. Audubon followed it up with a similar study of land mammals, Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America (1845-1854). The exhibition features 40 prints selected from that text and the subsequent octavo edition of Birds, originally published in 7 volumes in 1840-1844. They provide an artistic glimpse of the life of nature in southern Illinois. Audubon lived in nearby Henderson, KY from 1810-1819 and made several “rambles” into the region—at the time a sparsely populated frontier wilderness, yet one rich in diversity of plant and animal species.

Other opportunities:

Follow SIU Health and Wellness Instagram page for a sustainable mentrual cup giveaway! @siu_wellness

 

Friday April 2

First Friday Green Tour

Sustainability Hub, 12 p.m.

Join the Sustainabilty Office on a tour of green spots on campus. Meet at the Sustainability Hub at noon, located on the first floor of the Student Center, north entrance, across from the bowling alley.

 

Saturday April 3

Touch of Nature Trail Building Days

Touch of Nature, 9 a.m. - Noon

Volunteers are needed to assist in building the mountain bike trails. Community service and Saluki Volunteer Corps and Environmental Ambassador Award hours are available for volunteers, and community is always welcome.

Contact Jordan Mays or sign up here:  https://lp.constantcontactpages.com/su/sLdumRL/trailsystemvolunteers

 

Tuesday April 6

Bicycle Maintanence Workshop

SIU Craft Shop, 4 p.m.

Learn how to get your bike ready for the spring biking season. Bring your bike to the Craft Shop and the workshop. Our Saluki Spokes bike tech will show you to air your tires, adjust brakes, change a flat tire, and clean and oil your chain. This workshop is free but registration is required, parts are extra if needed for bike repair. FREE for students!

Advance registration required: https://dce.siu.edu/wconnect/ace/CourseStatus.awp?&course=21SCS00020

 

Tuesday April 6 and Friday April 9

Sustainable Cycling, 2 Sessions

SIU Recreational Sports and Services, Student Recreation Center, 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Sustainable Cycling will provide participants with an introduction to urban cycling. The class will focus on basic bicycle skills, commuting in urban areas, and road safety; all while exploring a couple of routes in Carbondale. For each class, Session 1 will cover introductory material and go for a short ride. The Session 1 lesson will focus on skills such as: checking the bike for preparedness, road safety, signaling, and efficient gear shifting. Session 2 will recap the first session, then go for a medium-length ride around Carbondale. During Session 2, there will be discussions on bicycle maintenance and repairs, as needed. The cost is FREE, but you must pre-register to participate at:

https://rec.siu.edu/classes-and-events/sustainable_cycling.php

 

Wednesday April 7

Plant-Based Cooking Club*

Zoom, 7:00 p.m.

Are you interested in trying a new recipe? What if we gave you all the ingredients needed for free? We’re offering a plant-based cooking session available to current students. This should make enough for 2 full meals. After signing up, we’ll send you a pickup time for the ingredients, recipe instructions, and a Zoom link to talk with the rest of the group about how it turned out. 

Email sustainability@siu.edu with questions. This program is FREE for students, limited to 10 people per week. Must pre-register to participate at:

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=55h61U10-UO8kQjeH_NxDThEGCuhVg1Lk8vYhedA_rNUMklLWllYTlIwVUc0VkIzMEpGNUlSTkVMOC4u

 

Monday April 12

Women in STEM Week

Hosted by the Natural History Collection Club, RSO. Events include

Contact naturalhistorycollections.siu@gmail.com for details.

 

Friday April 16

Salukis SPEAK

In an effort to continue learning and engagement outside of the classroom, Salukis SPEAK (Solutions for Peace and Equality through Advocacy and Knowledge) is a discussion series covering a variety of topics to capture the attention and encourage feedback of students, staff, and faculty across the campus. 

The goal is to include speakers/facilitators representing a variety of backgrounds to facilitate discussion that advances the university’s commitment to inclusivity, diversity, respect, and personal growth.

Environmental Justice: An Introduction and Discussion

Student Services Building, Rm 150/160, 12 p.m.

Please join us for a discussion on this important topic. Faciliators include:

Luis Prado, Graduate student

Charah McKinzie, Student Muliticultural Resource Center

Karen Schauwecker, Sustainability Office

Attendance is limited by space. Please pre-register to secure a spot at:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0d4ea8a62ba2f85-salukis 

 

Saturday April 17

Saluki Service Day

Center for Service Learning and Volunteerism

Washington Street Garden and Red Hen Garden, 9 a.m.- noon

Help Carbondale's community gardens get ready for the spring time. The gardens are operated by local non-profit organizations and are located on the square in Carbondale. 

Sign up at the Volunteer Portal here.

 

Monday April 19

Environmental Ambassador Award Deadline*

Every year in April, we recognize those who are creating a positive impact at SIU! With a minimum of 30 service hours required to receive the award, we know that our students have volunteered over 9000 hours toward environmental initiatives since the initiation of the Environmental Ambassador Award. Students who participate in at least 30 hours of environmentally related service in an academic year are eligible for the Environmental Ambassador Award, sponsored by the Sustainability Council. Visit our website page for more information on submitting your hours.

Submit your timesheets to sustainability@siu.edu

 

Tuesday April 20 and Friday April 23

Sustainable Cycling, 2 Sessions

SIU Recreational Sports and Services, Student Recreation Center, 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Sustainable Cycling will provide participants with an introduction to urban cycling. The class will focus on basic bicycle skills, commuting in urban areas, and road safety; all while exploring a couple of routes in Carbondale. For each class, Session 1 will cover introductory material and go for a short ride. The Session 1 lesson will focus on skills such as: checking the bike for preparedness, road safety, signaling, and efficient gear shifting. Session 2 will recap the first session, then go for a medium-length ride around Carbondale. During Session 2, there will be discussions on bicycle maintenance and repairs, as needed. The cost is FREE, but you must pre-register to participate at:

https://rec.siu.edu/classes-and-events/sustainable_cycling.php

 

Wednesday April 21

Plant-Based Cooking Club*

Zoom, 7:00 p.m.

Are you interested in trying a new recipe? What if we gave you all the ingredients needed for free? We’re offering a plant-based cooking session available to current students. This should make enough for 2 full meals. After signing up, we’ll send you a pickup time for the ingredients, recipe instructions, and a Zoom link to talk with the rest of the group about how it turned out. 

Email sustainability@siu.edu with questions. This program is FREE for students, limited to 10 people per week. Must pre-register to participate at:

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=55h61U10-UO8kQjeH_NxDThEGCuhVg1Lk8vYhedA_rNUMklLWllYTlIwVUc0VkIzMEpGNUlSTkVMOC4u

A Fuller Saluki Presentation

Email honors@siu.edu for a live link.

 

Thursday April 22

Earth Day!

Green Fund Grant Announcements

 

Saturday April 24

Out of Darkness Virtual Campus/Community Walk

The Out of the Darkness Walk is a national fundraising event to support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).  This year our fourth annual walk will be on Saturday, the 24th of April. However, due to Covid, our walk is going to be held virtually this year.

We would like your help in meeting our fundraising goal of fifteen thousand dollars by forming a walk team. We know how important this fundraiser is to our campus and the SIU community. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students, and together we can work to prevent it.

Our goal is to have every department create a walk team and participate in our virtual walk. A prize will be given to the team that has raised the most money.

Over the past four years, we have been honored to say that we have raised over twenty-five thousand dollars. With your help, we can continue to provide suicide prevention programming.

If you would like to form a walk team or if you would like to learn about other ways that you can support this walk, please contact us at wellness@siu.edu. To learn more about AFSP, please click the link below.

https://afsp.org/

 

Wednesday April 28

SIU Eco Rep's Dye-A-Reusable Bag Workshop*

East Campus residence halls, 5 - 7 p.m.

FREE for students! 

Email sustainability@siu.edu for details.

 

Thursday April 30

Sustainability Council application deadline

The Sustainability Council at Southern Illinois University Carbondale provides recommendations and advice related to sustainability policies for the SIU campus. The Council is composed of nine members: three students, three faculty, and three staff, who are committed to advancing sustainability efforts on campus. Members apply to serve on the Council where they guide the vision of sustainability for SIU and make decisions regarding Green Fee distribution.

Find the application at https://sustainability.siu.edu/participate/sustainability-council.php

Submit your application to greenfund@siu.edu.

 

 

 

 


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