USC’s Health Sciences Campus will celebrate a commitment to responsible, sustainable consumption with activities in Harry and Celesta Pappas Quad on April 23, during Earth Week.
During an Earth Day Fair, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., USC contract vendors will display products for labs and offices and will explain their sustainable practices.
Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to become a part of the day’s event. Free “green” bags and other giveaways will be available for those who pledge out loud to follow some sustainable practice, such as recycling bottles and cans, replacing incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs or taking shorter showers.
E-waste recycling containers will be placed in the quad for depositing electronic waste throughout the day.
Matthew Oden, manager of USC’s Sustainability Program, said that USC Earth Week 2009 resulted from many “student, staff and faculty groups really stepping up to create events and competitions that allow for engagement with our larger community and a chance to significantly reduce our environmental impact during Earth Week.”
He added that he hoped the event would offer new opportunities for “members of the Trojan Family and the surrounding community to become fully engaged in helping to find the solutions we will need in our journey to sustainability.”
Oden recently joined USC after earning a master’s degree in environmental management from Yale University, working with Al Gore’s The Climate Project and serving as an energy adviser to the United Nations.
For more information about university-wide Earth Week activities, see http://sustainability.usc.edu.