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13 Days of Green

Promoting sustainability, April 10–22, 2016. Share your experience: #13DaysOfGreen.
Colgate students that participate in the Sidekicks Club take local children to help at the Colgate Community Garden.

Oak Awards

Formerly known as the Green Awards, the "Oakies" recognize individuals and groups on campus that have made an immensely positive impact on Colgate’s campus to make it more sustainable.


For thirteen days of green the university will feature educational and impactful programming focused on issues of sustainability. Select a date to see the schedule for that day:

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Icon of two Oak LeavesThe full schedule for the 13 Days of Green is also available on the Colgate Mobile App, available for iOS and Android devices.

Day 1: April 10

Styrofoam Recycling Kick Off

The kick off will be a bring-your-own-mug afternoon coffeehouse, to discourage disposable styrofoam coffee mugs and encourage styrofoam recycling. The recycling will be ongoing throughout the 13 Days of Green. It will function both a way to promote recycling and as a way to evaluate how much styrofoam is present on campus, as styrofoam recycling could potentially have a place in Colgate’s waste management system in the future. Tabling at the Coop will occur throughout the 13 Days of Green, and collection bins will be placed in the COOP and in Case Library to facilitate student drop-off. At the end of the 13 Days of Green, styrofoam will be taken to Madison County landfill, where a pilot styrofoam recycling program was recently started.

 3:30 p.m.
Location: ENST Resource Room

Day 2: April 11

Flint Water Crisis Discussion: A Case Study in Environmental and Social Justice Issues

This event, sponsored by Intergroup Dialogue (IGD) and the Office of Sustainability, will be an informal brown bag discussion about the relationship between social and environmental justice, and how these concepts relate to the current Flint Water Crisis. Lunch will be provided. Three alumni from the Lampert Speaker Series will participate: Cortney Ahern ’10 (Feeding America), Jen Rusciano ’10 (Detroit Food Academy), and Mark Von Topel ’01 (DC Department of Human Service). These speakers, along with ENST Professor April Baptiste, will help facilitate the discussion and elaborate on their experiences with social and environmental justice in their respective careers.

Time: 12:20 p.m.
Location: Women’s Studies Longue (104 East)

Coloring and snacks: a relaxing, sustainable evening in WMST

Join us for a relaxing break after classes in the WMST lounge! Vegan brownies and cookies will be provided by vegetarian club and the sustainability department. Scrap paper will be available for coloring, and colorful posters will be created to highlight the importance of composting correctly in the center.

Time: 4:15 p.m.
Location: Women’s Studies Lounge (104 East)

Day 3: April 12

Dominic Frongillo Brown Bag

Outspoken advocate and internationally-recognized former elected official Dominic Frongillo will share his perspective as the youngest-ever councilmember in Caroline NY and delegate to UN climate talks on how young people around the world are leading successful movements for sustainability and political change. In an interactive lunchtime talk, he will share inspiring stories from the front lines of the fight against climate change, from the United Nations to fighting fracking in New York.

Time: 12:15 p.m.
Location: Olin 301

Green Summit Panel Discussion

Co-sponsored by the Colgate Center for Careers Services

On April 12, the Office of Sustainability, CORE SP, Environmental Studies, the Lampert Institute for Civic and Global Affairs, the Picker Interdisciplinary Science Institute, and the Upstate Institute, are excited to host Colgate's 2016 Spring Green Summit: a provocative series of interactive events to discuss Climate Change in Our Time. The 2016 Spring Green Summit will include a brown bag lunch by Dominic Frongillo (see event description below), a faculty-led panel discussion in Golden Auditorium at 4:30 p.m., and an evening roundtable discussion with university and community leaders on local climate action.

Time: 4:30 p.m.
Location: Golden Auditorium

Day 4: April 13

Fair Harbor Interactive Fashion Show

Join the Office of Sustainability and Fair Harbor for an interactive fashion show including your fellow peers as models and designers! Fair Harbor will be showing off their board shorts created with recycled plastic water bottles, while your Colgate peers will be showing off their designs reusing materials that would have otherwise gone to a landfill. Attendees will have the chance to crown the best and most creative reused outfits. Suggested admittance is one plastic water bottle for Fair Harbor to use for future clothing. There will be a cash bar for students above the age of 21 and appetizers, we look forward to seeing you! If you would like to sign up for the contest, enter here.

Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Hall of Presidents, James C. Colgate

Day 5: April 14

An Update on Carbon Neutrality at Colgate

Stop by to learn about Colgate’s Climate Action Plan and the progress that has been made so far in the pursuit of making Colgate a carbon neutral campus by 2019. There will be free pizza for those who are interested in learning more about the Office of Sustainability’s plans to reach carbon neutrality!

Time: 11:15 a.m.–1:15 p.m.
Location: The Coop
(Outside if weather-permitting, inside at tables otherwise)

Day 6: April 15

SPW Recycling Fundraiser for The Thirst Project - Ongoing

Contact Oneida Shushe ’19 to get involved.

Day 7: April 16

SPW Recycling Fundraiser for The Thirst Project - Ongoing

Contact Oneida Shushe ’19 to get involved.

Day 8: April 17

SPW Recycling Fundraiser for The Thirst Project - Ongoing

Contact Oneida Shushe ’19 to get involved.

Day 9: April 18

Bike Tune Up

Bike tune up and pizza at Donovan’s Pub with Green Bikes. Anyone can bring their bike by for a quick tune up.

Time: 4:30 p.m.
Location: Donovan’s Pub

Outdoor Education Backyard Adventure: Nature/Bird Walk with John Pumilio

Outdoor Education is collaborating to host a backyard adventure (open to students, faculty, staff, community members) free of charge John will lead the group along the walking trails up the hill, discussing birds and their calls.

Sign up by emailing rbenson@colgate.edu

Time: 4:30–6:30 p.m.
Location: Walking trails

Day 10: April 19

WALL-E Screening

Come join us to re-visit your childhood environmental favorite during this film screening of WALL-E, a film set in the distant future about a small waste-collecting robot that inadvertently embarks on a space journey which will ultimately decide the fate of mankind. Enjoy a free popcorn bar and various baked goods as well! This event is co-sponsored by the Office of Sustainability and CAB Take Two.

Time: 7:30–9:30 p.m.
Location: Love Auditorium, Olin Hall

Day 11: April 20

Day 12: April 21

E-Waste Collection and Information Day

Other information, posters, and facts about this realm of sustainability will be discussed and displayed. Bring in any E-Waste and spread the word about how to properly dispose of these items on campus.

Time: Noon-4:00 p.m.
Location: The Coop

Green Thumbs Raised Bed Building Project and Mural Painting

Time: 4:30–6:00 p.m.
Location: Colgate Community Garden

Day 13: April 22, Earth Day

Oak Awards

Join us for a night of fun and awards! The "Oakies" recognize individuals and groups on campus that have made an immensely positive impact on Colgate's campus to make it more sustainable. The Oak Award Show will be held on Earth Day, Wednesday April 22 at 6:30 p.m. in Ho Atrium with special guest presenters. Dinner will be provided.

Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Location: Ho Atrium