Elon to celebrate Campus Sustainability Week

The Office of Sustainability and Eco-Reps will host numerous 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.  More information can be found on the Campus Sustainability Week website.

Schedule of Events


1:30-3:30 p.m. | Landfill on the Lawn (Phi Beta Kappa Plaza)

Stop by Landfill on the Lawn to see how much of the campus’ landfill waste could actually be recycled or composted.

2-3:30 p.m. | Sustainable Room Spray Giveaway (Moseley Center, first floor)

Relax and bring life to your room with a sustainable aromatherapy spray courtesy of the Eco-Rep Chloe. Stop by Mosley to grab a spray bottle or try your hand at some trivia questions to win sustainable prizes!

5:30-7 p.m. | Eco-Grief Tending in Community (Loy Farm- registration required)

This program will explore the ever-increasing prevalence of grief in 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.


2-3 p.m. | Tree Walk (Historic Neighborhood- meet at Fonville Fountain in front of Alamance – registration required)

During this 1 hour walk, Elon’s two certified arborists will walk through the historic district with you and talk about their favorite trees, the Tree Trail on campus and some insider information on maintenance and sustainability of the Elon urban forest.

7-8 p.m. | Keynote Speaker, Danielle Purifoy: The Long Fight for Environmental Justice in North Carolina (McKinnon Hall; Moseley Center)

This talk will connect the early origins of the environmental justice movement in North Carolina  in the 1980s to contemporary place-based challenges that impact marginalized communities across the state. Though various polluting industries place disproportionate burden on communities of color and communities with low monetary wealth, environmental justice is also interested in larger processes of place development and in the underlying social, political and economic structures undergirding them. Such development processes reveal far more than simple discrimination or market-based decision making that have been long used to explain environmental racism.

Sponsored by The Office of Sustainability, The Center for Race, Ethnicity & Diversity Education, the Department of Public Health Studies, the Environmental Studies Department, The Kernodle Center for Civic Life, and the Poverty and Social Justice program.


11:30 am-2 p.m. | Pop Up Swap Shop (Moseley Center)

Do you have perfectly good clothing you no longer wear?  Bring it to the Pop Up Swap Shop to trade it for new-to-you shirts, pants, dresses and more!

6-7 p.m. | Mindful Eating (Loy Farm- registration required)

Come learn about mindful eating and the effect of your diet on the planet at Loy Farm. Harvest your own food to make an in-season, organic, and local salad!

9-10 p.m. | S’mores with Outdoors (Beck Pool Patio)

Join Elon Outdoors and the Eco-Reps for a special Campus Sustainability Week S’mores with Outdoors!


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. | Grow your own Sprouts! (Medallion Plaza)

Grow your own sprouts using repurposed containers with Eco-Rep Ellie.

6-7 p.m. | Plant Powered Painting (Medallion Plaza)

Get creative and paint with sustainable homemade paints made from natural ingredients by Eco-Rep Claire! Feel free to bring your own brushes or paper!”


2-3 p.m. | Greener Cleaner (Daniel Commons)

Join Eco-Rep Daniel on the Daniel Commons patio to make sustainable all-purpose surface cleaner. Feel free to bring your own spray bottle to reuse if possible!

3-5 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!

5:30-6:30 p.m. | Meditation in the Garden (Meditation Garden- Numen Lumen Pavilion in Academic Village)

Iron Tree Blooming club and Eco-Rep Sophie invite you to a peaceful meditation in the Academic Village Meditation Gardens and learn about the importance of green space in sustainability.