Check out the exciting sustainability initiatives for Fall 2016!
This semester, find out more about the numerous threats against pollinators and our food system. Also, pledge to "Green Monday" and receive weekly tips that showcase ways to reduce your environmental impact. (more info below)
Did you know that approximately 75% of our food crops
are dependent upon pollinators?
Unfortunately, pollinator populations are on the decline due to human activities.
They are threatened by:
* Pollution & Pesticide Poisoning
* Habitat Loss
* Introduction of Parasitic Insects
* Climate Change
Examples of pollinators include bees, butterflies, moths, hummingbirds, bats, and others. If we lose pollinators, we lose a vast amount of the foods we enjoy and are dependent upon (apples, strawberries, almonds, coffee, chocolate, pumpkins, melons, and many more).
What Can You Do?
Sign the Bee Campus USA petition at the *What's the Buzz* booth at the ETSU Farmers Market. By signing the petition, you will support:
* Including pollinator-friendly plants on campus
* Developing a pest management plan to reduce pesticide use
* Events, service-learning projects, workshops & signage related to pollinators
Also, join us for some fun *What's the Buzz* events throughout the semester!
The Market Place cafeteria in the D.P. Culp Center (3rd floor) will offer Green Monday specials each week during the spring semester. Look for the list of specials in your Green Monday tips or find them on the ETSU Sustainability Facebook page. Tips from past weeks may be found on our Facebook page as well.
Also, look for the Green Monday pledge booth at the Market Place each week (times will vary). Sign your pledge to "green your mondays" for the semester and receive your Green Monday pin!
Green Monday tip example:
GREEN MONDAY TIP #1
Starting today, avoid single-use bottles and switch to a reusable bottle for water and other beverages!
This will save water, oil, and money while also reducing waste. In most cases, bottled water is not healthier than tap water, and studies have shown that some bottled water brands contain chemicals that are harmful to human health. If you have concerns about your tap water source, try using a filtered water pitcher.
Look for reusable plastic bottles that are BPA free. Stainless steel and glass bottles are also great options.
Already using a reusable bottle? That's great! If you haven't already done so, start limiting other single-use items such as straws and plasticware.
Click on the flyer below for more details on the harmful effects of plastic bottles.