Elon to celebrate Campus Sustainability Week October 19-23

The Office of Sustainability will host numerous virtual and in-person events throughout the week to bring awareness to and inspire sustainable behavior change throughout campus.

Campus Sustainability Week, held every October at Elon University, offers an opportunity for Elon students, faculty and staff to come together to examine sustainable habits, particularly as they relate to energy use, and inspire positive sustainable change throughout the Elon community.

A key feature of the week is an energy reduction competition. Neighborhood and Individual prizes, such as Phoenix Cash and hammocks, are available for students, faculty and staff.

Learn more about this competition on the Office of Sustainability website.



5:15-6:45 p.m. | Eco-Grief Tending in Community (Loy Farm- registration required)

This program will explore the ever-increasing prevalence of grief in the context of growing environmental crises and societal upheaval. In community, we will share our eco-grief with one another and learn practices to critically listen, to be present, and to harness compassion for ourselves, and for others, as tools to navigate loss and uncertainty.

7:30 p.m. | Outdoor Yoga (Iconic Plaza) (Virtual option available)

Get outside and take some time to focus on your mental health and well-being with Eco-Rep Kitty Helm, who will lead you through mindful breathing and other techniques to deal with stress. Please bring your own yoga mat or towel (if you do not have a yoga mat).

2:30 p.m. | Treeple Tree Walk (Historic Neighborhood- meet at Fonville Fountain in front of Alamance – register here)

During this one-hour walk, Elon’s two certified arborists will walk through the Historic Neighborhood and talk about their favorite trees, the Tree Trail on campus, and some insider information on maintenance and sustainability of the Elon urban forest.

7:30 p.m. | Keynote Speaker, Katharine Wilkinson: Vital Questions for a Living Planet (VIRTUAL- register here)
Katharine Wilkinson is a climate author, strategist, teacher and vice president at Project Drawdown. Her publications include “All We Can Save,” “The Drawdown Review,” the New York Times best-seller “Drawdown” and “Between God & Green.” TIME recently featured Wilkinson as one of 15 “women who will save the world.”

Sponsored by the Office of Sustainability, Center for Environmental Studies, International and Global Studies Program, Kernodle Center for Civic Life, Political Science and Policy Studies, Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life

5:30 p.m. | Plantable Paper (LaRose Student Commons)

Join Eco-Rep Emerson Wells in making seed paper out of recycled paper. Seed paper is a type of paper that includes seeds that will germinate when planted. Creating seed paper is a wonderful way to repurpose used paper in order to make something beautiful!

7 p.m. | Sustainable Hair Wear (VIRTUAL- WebEx)

Learn how to make your very own scrunchie out of repurposed materials! We’ll have sewing supply kits available Oct. 20-21 in McCoy Commons. All kits will include necessary supplies; choose one with fabric if you don’t have a piece of clothing to repurpose or choose a kit without fabric if you do!

9 p.m. | S’mores with Outdoors (Beck Pool Patio)

Join Elon Outdoors and the Office of Sustainability for a special Campus Sustainability Week S’mores with Outdoors!

11 a.m.-1 p.m. | Danieley Unplugged (Lake Verona)

Unplug and enjoy some time outside! Being outdoors is good for your mental health, so come enjoy some outdoor games while reducing both your stress and your energy consumption!

3-6 p.m. | Authentically Alamance 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.

5-6 p.m. | Make Your Own “Plarn” Coasters (VIRTUAL- Zoom)

Learn to make coasters out of upcycled grocery bags and discuss ideas on how to reduce your own plastic consumption.

3 p.m. | Bike to Burlington (Registration Required)

Join Elon Outdoors and the Office of Sustainability to a bike ride to Burlington, where we’ll enjoy some ice cream while learning about local businesses and why they’re an important part of sustainability.  Bikes will be provided, or you can bring your own!

7:30 p.m. | Trashion  (VIRTUAL- Zoom) Kits available in Global Commons

Learn how to turn recycling and trash into room decor and cute fashion! Trashion kits with all necessary materials will be available to help you create treasures from trash!