Campus Sustainability Week

October 16-22, 2023

Campus Sustainability Week is an opportunity for Elon students, faculty and staff to come together to examine sustainable habits and inspire positive sustainable change throughout the Elon community. It is also an opportunity to learn about and celebrate Elon University’s current sustainable practices. A variety of events will take place throughout the week.

Campus Sustainability Week Competition

Attend as many events as you can for your chance to win!  First, second and third place winners will be determined by those who attend the most events throughout the week.  There will be one set of student winners and another set of faculty/staff winners


First Place: $25 Phoenix Cash, hammock, sustainability prize pack (beeswax wrap, t-shirt, water bottle, utensil kit, straw, reusable bag)
Second Place: hammock, sustainability prize pack
Third Place: hammock

Registration encouraged (*and required for some events!)

Schedule of Events


3:00-4:00 PM | DIY Solar Lights (Medallion Plaza)
Join Eco-Rep Annabel Langley to make your own mason jar solar lights for your living space and learn about sustainable energy!

5:00 -7:00 PM | Spiritual Sustainability (McBride Gathering Space, Truitt Center) 
Truitt Center and Elon Sustainability are teaming up to discuss the connections between sustainability and spirituality. Join us for spirited discussion and free food!

Sponsored by the Elon Muslim Society, Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life and the Office of Sustainability.

7:00-8:30 PM | Film Screening and Conversation – The Smell of Money (Turner Theater)
A century after her grandfather claimed his freedom from slavery and the family land, Elsie Herring and her NC community fight the world’s largest pork corporation for their freedom to enjoy fresh air, clean water, and a life without the stench of manure.

Join us for a discussion with filmmaker, Jamie Berger, after the screening.

Sponsored by the Political Science Department in cooperation with the Philosophy, Politics, and Economics program and the Office of Sustainability.  

7:30-8:30 PM | Intentionality and Meditative Flow (Young Commons)
Join the Yoga Club and the Office of Sustainability for a meditative mindfulness flow centered around being intentional in your actions to be the best person you can be for yourself and the world around you.


9:40-10:20 AM | Homecoming x HealthEU x Sustainability College Coffee (Young Commons)
Join us for a special college coffee celebrating Homecoming Week, HealthEU Day, and Campus Sustainability Week!

11:00 AM – 2:00 PM | Wellness Fair (Young Commons)
Join us to celebrate HealthEU Day and Sustainable Development Goal #3 – Good Health and Well-being.

4:00 PM | Sustainable Teaching Kitchen (McEwen Engagement Space) Registration Required
Join the Office of Sustainability and EU Dining to learn how to make your own ramen bowl using sustainable ingredients!

7:00-8:00 PM | Campus Sustainability Week Keynote: Cultivating Connection, Resilience, and Food Sovereignty (McKinnon Hall, Moseley Center)
Join Ashlie Thomas (The Mocha Gardner), author of “How to Become a Gardener: Find empowerment in creating your own food security”, as we explore the powerful synergy between cultivating nutritious food, fostering community bonds, and promoting greater personal and collective wellness. Beyond the bounty they provide, vibrant edible spaces not only empower us as stewards of the environment, but offer a tangible way to address local food security challenges while fostering a more sustainable and resilient future. Be prepared to be inspired as we consider the potential of these edible gardens to sow seeds of positive change, cultivating a future where both people and the planet thrive!

Sponsored by the Office of Sustainability, the Food Studies Minor, HealthEU, Kernodle Center for Civic Life and Public Health Studies.


5:00-7:00 PM | Sustainable Period Products (Outside McEwen Dining Hall)
Join us for a Sustainable Menstruation Education Event where we’ll explore eco-friendly period solutions and raise awareness about menstrual health, stigma, and hygiene.

8:00-9:00 PM | Stargazing for Mental Health at Danieley Center (Meet at Daniel Commons)
Join us as we engage in nature in a unique and memorable way through exploration of the night sky. Bring a mug to enjoy some hot cocoa and a blanket to enjoy the night sky.  

9:00-10:00 PM | S’mores with Outdoors (Beck Pool Patio)
Join Elon Outdoors and the Eco-Reps for a special Campus Sustainability Week S’mores with Outdoors!


1:00-2:00 PM | Tree Walk (Meet at Fonville Fountain in front of Alamance Building) Registration Required
Join Elon’s arborists on a walk around Elon’s beautiful campus to learn about Elon’s trees, including the Tree Trail on campus, the arborist’s favorite trees, and insider information on the maintenance and sustainability of the Elon urban forest.

3:00-6:00 PM | Elon Farmers’ Market (Elon Community Church) 
Support local farmers, bakers, crafters and the local economy. Stop by the Office of Sustainability table to grab a reusable shopping bag to reduce your waste.

5:00-7:00 PM | Pop Up Swap Shop (East Neighborhood)
Looking to refresh your closet? Perfectly good clothing you no longer wear? Bring it to the Pop-Up Swap Shop to trade for new-to-you shirts, pants, dresses, and more! Held Thursdays once a month in a neighborhood near you.

5:30-7:00 PM | Sustainable Stories (Moseley 216, The CREDE)
Join CREDE and the Office of Sustainability to enjoy some free food and giveaways while engaging in a unique discussion on environmental justice experiences throughout the world.  Student speakers will share their own personal experiences, and we’ll open up the discussion to allow all participants a change to share sustainable stories with like-minded people.

7:00-9:00 PM | (Eco)llage: Collaging as Environmental Activism (McKinnon Hall D – Moseley 128D)
Collaging can be a process for reflecting on complex societal ideas and concepts in a personalized way. In this workshop, participants will make collages in conversation with environmental justice and sustainability, using second-hand and recycled materials to investigate environmental images, human and nature relationships, and what it means to think and live more ecocentrically. All materials will be provided.


4:30-6:00 PM | Loy Farm Open House (Loy Farm)
Visit the Environmental Center at Loy Farm, which includes the solar farm, responsible design studio, forest classroom, and agricultural farm.  Try some veggies grown at the farm!


7:00-8:00 PM | (Vegan) Sundaes on Sunday (Colonnades Neighborhood)
Try some vegan ice cream options at this beloved Colonnades Neighborhood tradition.