OROVILLE - Butte College's Second Annual Sustainability Day will be held October 22 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the main campus, 3536 Butte Campus Drive. The event includes tours, music, food, booths, and art displays. A special satellite feed from California's First Lady Maria Shriver's Women in Business Conference will take place along with a panel discussion with global lead, "It's Your Voice: How You Can Use It To Change The World," from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the library's Center for Excellence.
"Butte College has been making great strides in sustainability and received national recognition. We want to let the community, students, staff and faculty learn how sustainability is being integrated into the college's daily operations. This event is for all departments, programs and individuals to showcase the sustainability efforts on campus," explains Kelly Munson, Butte College Associated Students Advisor and Sustainability Steering Committee member.
Sustainability Day will feature over 25 student clubs, college booths and exhibits featuring solar arrays, recycling, sustainable economic development as well as helpful information on how to "green" homes, offices and more.
Several contests will be held during the event. College staff may participate in a "Top 10 Green Office Practices Contest" and students may submit entries in response to the question, "How can students help Butte College become a more sustainable campus?" There is also a sustainability-themed student art contest. Entries for all contests must be submitted to the Associated Students Office by Oct. 21 and winners will be announced and displayed Oct. 22 during Sustainability Day.
"Modeling sustainability on campus is one of the strategic initiatives for the college. Sustainability is now institutionalized on the campus instead of just being a project," says Munson. "A lot of the changes we've made toward being sustainable are invisible ones that most of our campus community isn't even aware of such as the Food Services Department using compostable plates, utensils and containers and the Print Shop using machines that use non-toxic ink cartridges and instituting a double-sided print policy. This day offers the opportunity to learn about everything that is being done and to offer creative suggestions on what else can be done."
For more information, call Butte College at 895-2945 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.