MU hosts Sustainability Week to promote environmental awareness

10 months 2 days 21 hours ago April 25, 2016 Apr 25, 2016 Monday, April 25 2016 Monday, April 25, 2016 12:31:00 PM CDT in News
By: Abby Breidenbach, KOMU 8 Reporter

COLUMBIA- The University of Missouri kicked off Sustainability Week Monday and there are ways for the whole community to get involved.

The MU Sustainability Office planned a week of free events and giveaways geared towards educating and promoting sustainable lifestyles to the public.

MU partnered with several local businesses including Walt’s Bicycle, Fitness and Wilderness Co. and the Peace Nook, to put on the event.

Hannah Peterson, MU Sustainability assistant, said living a sustainable lifestyle means “to conserve, preserve, and reserve our resources that we have now so that we can use them efficiently and keep some for the generations ahead of us.”

She said MU collaborates with the city to align their efforts through an annual Climate Action Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, recycling and waste management and transportation. MU is recognized by the EPA for being a top university in green power use.

Events throughout the week include an “E-Waste Drive,” for used electronics, educational sustainability discussions, a tour of MU’s nationally ranked green power plant and “Ecochella,” a concert in Peace Park.

The Sustainability Office encourages taking shorter showers, using reusable bags and water bottles and choosing a bike or even your feet as a primary mode of transportation. They are raffling off a free bike to promote these efforts.

To find out more and get involved in Sustainability Week, visit the official website.

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