Sustainability work from across the Wayne State University community will be on full display during “Green Street — The Intersection of Learning and Sustainability.” The campus community forum will highlight student-led initiatives, faculty instruction and research, campus operations, and community partnerships that advance sustainability for Wayne State. Green Street will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at St. Andrew’s, located on Wayne State’s main campus. The event is open to the entire WSU community.
Green Street attendees will hear from an array of speakers who will share their work, insights and opportunities for involvement in sustainability initiatives in and around the university. Green Street will feature Tonya Matthews, associate provost for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), who will discuss the connections between STEM and sustainability in higher education.
Green Street is composed of three segments. The first, Campus Classroom, highlights WSU as a learning laboratory. The focus will be on the challenges associated with plastics and microplastics. Next, a multidisciplinary group will discuss Greening the Curriculum, which will focus on the varied nature of sustainability and how it intersects in the classroom and in research.
An important aspect to Green Street is its focus toward answering what sustainability means for WSU. “This is a vital question for the university because its answer will help guide our future efforts,” shared Daryl Pierson of the Office of Campus Sustainability. “Green Street will provide an outstanding showcase of campus sustainability with information and actions that will begin to define what sustainability means on the campus.”
The final panel will examine the role of community organizations in their sustainability partnerships with the university. In this session, several community organizations will present their work with Wayne State and opportunities for further advancement in the area of sustainability.
Following the panels, evening events will include a sustainability networking event from 5 to 7 p.m. and a meeting on community solar from 7 to 8 p.m. coordinated by the Green Task Force Renewable Energy subcommittee.
Green Street is sponsored by the Office of Campus Sustainability and President’s Standing Committee on Environmental Initiatives. For more information or to RSVP, visit livinggreen.wayne.edu