University’s commitment to curb GHG emissions takes center stage at Earth Fest 2015

May 2015

The Office of Sustainability’s seventh annual Earth Fest will showcase the University’s goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent by 2025. We’re doing that one metaphorical block at a time, right here on campus.

Earth Fest, the largest green festival on campus, is set to take place on the Main Quad from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 28. Earth Fest is a celebratory event designed to raise awareness and spur engagement with issues related to environmental conservation and stewardship. We partner with and showcase sustainable businesses and organizations from across the Chicago region. Our hope is to inspire the University of Chicago community to foster a culture of sustainability, and to lead an informed, environmentally conscious lifestyle.

This year’s Earth Fest will feature hands-on activities and games ranging from permeable pavement demonstrations and gardening activities, to hands-on demonstrations to observe the energy required to run halogen, fluorescent, and LED light bulbs. Using a hand-crank generator can help participants better understand the energy required to power up the various bulbs and encourage the use of sustainable light bulbs.

Light refreshments, including popcorn and cotton candy, will be provided while we test your sustainability knowledge at the prize wheel, collect electronic-waste for proper recycling, and raffle prizes at the top of each hour.

Some of our fabulous prizes include:

  • A Divvy Membership through 2015
  • One pound of Intelligentsia Coffee with Hario Skerton ceramic mill and Chemex coffee maker and filters
  • Planet Bike ALX deluxe aluminum floor pump and Kryptonite U-Lock 

Get involved with sustainability efforts on campus by speaking to our partners from a number of dedicated registered student organizations (RSOs), including representatives from the Phoenix Energy Initiative, UChicago Climate Action Network, Green Campus Initiative, and the Environment, Agriculture and Food (EAF) working group. These RSOs have led a variety of significant efforts to make our campus more sustainable, including raising awareness of the environmental degradation caused by single-use water bottles, creating infrastructure for energy tracking, and convening youth climate coalitions, to name just a few.

Local sustainability efforts lay the foundation for a larger cultural shift to integrate sustainable actions with academic pursuits, facilities operations, community engagement, and daily routines. These efforts collectively form the building blocks of sustainable development ⎯ interacting with each other to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on a significantly larger scale. 

Inclement Weather Contingency Plan

In the event of inclement weather, Earth Fest 2015 will be moved to the Henry Crown Field House at 5550 S. University Ave. Please note that if the event is moved indoors, food and beverages will not be permitted.

Would you like to get involved with the Office of Sustainability or next year’s Earth Fest? Let us know!