Sustainability Employee Resource Group

Are you interested in living a more sustainable lifestyle? Would you like to help create a more sustainable work environment? The Sustainability Employee Resource Group aims to inform and support employees interested in creating a more sustainable workplace.

Fall 2023 Schedule

Plant Walk – Tuesday, September 5, 2023, 12-1:00 p.m. – Oaks 212

Registration Required

Did you know that Elon’s campus was designated a botanical garden in 2004 and has since earned a Level II Accreditation by the ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program and The Morton Arboretum?  Enjoy a walk through our beautiful botanical garden while learning about the campus’ plants from Elon’s Botanical Garden Coordinator Cindy Goula and Irrigation Technician Shane Phillips. Please come dressed to walk outdoors. We will enjoy lunch in LOCATION before the walk.  Lunch will be provided for those who register before DATE.

Sustainable Dining – Tuesday, October 3, 2023, 12-1:00 p.m. – McEwen Dining Engagement Space

Registration Required

Elon Dining takes pride in its efforts to be sustainable – from working with local food systems to utilizing reusable and compostable materials.  Join Elon Dining in the McEwen Engagement Space to enjoy a meal before we head to Lakeside to take a behind-the-scenes tour to learn more about Elon Dining’s sustainability efforts.  Lunch will be provided to those who register before DATE.

Creating a More Sustainable Workplace – Tuesday, November 7, 2023, 12-1 p.m. – Oaks 212

Registration Required

Are you interested in supporting Elon’s sustainability efforts in your office or department?   We’ll discuss opportunities to support sustainability in your workplace through a variety of topics, including waste reduction, energy use, purchasing and more!  Employees who attend at least two Sustainability ERGs within one academic year are eligible to apply for The Sustainability Mini Grant Program, which provides $100 – $1,000 to support small projects which promote sustainable practices within departments/offices. Lunch will be provided to those who register before DATE.

Participants are eligible to participate in the Sustainability Mini Grant Program. Details below.

Sustainability Mini Grant Program

The Sustainability Mini Grant Program provides $100 – $1,000 to support small projects which promote sustainable practices within departments/offices. Two example projects are purchasing reusable service ware for break rooms and an initial purchase of coffee pod recycling kits.

To be eligible to apply, departments must have a member who has attended at least two Sustainability Employee Resource Group meetings within an academic year. The Request for Project Funds Form must be submitted by that member with approval from their supervisor.

Office of Sustainability staff review requests for funds on a rolling basis. Funds are distributed on a first come, first serve basis. The maximum amount any single department is able to receive during a fiscal year is $1,500.

Request for Project Funding Form

Funds will be awarded based on application quality, project feasibility and impact on sustainability at Elon. Funding will only be awarded for one-time expenses and will not be awarded for recurring operational expenses.