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Earth Day 2020

 The 50th anniversary of Earth Day is on April 22nd, 2020, and we are planning several big events throughout the month! In an effort to join the movement of colleges making commitments to sustainability, East Tennessee State University has been registered as a Green Campus with the Earth Day Network. The Earth Day Network is an international group of dedicated colleges and universities working toward similar goals: protecting our planet and empowering students to further this mission. To learn more about the Earth Day Network, click here.

Project Drawdown

Project Drawdown is a research collaboration between scientists and other professionals who developed and ranked the top solutions to combat climate change. For the past 2 years, we have been focusing on different topics from the project, such as food, education, land protection and buildings/cities. You can learn more about Project Drawdown here.

Bee Campus USA

BuzzAfter our "What's the Buzz" campaign, SGA passed a bill recommending that East Tennessee State University become a Bee Campus USA. ​The Bee Campus USA program ensures that a campus creates sustainable habitats for pollinators. Creating a sustainable habitat for pollinators includes eliminating bee killing pesticides, providing pollinator habitats, and planting a variety of pollinator plants.

Bucs Go Green

This year we are starting the Bucs Go Green program. This program will enable student groups to be more environmentally sustainable. Your student group could even receive an award for Most Sustainable Student Group or Most Sustainable Greek Life Group on campus. Click Here for the policies and procedures of the program. If your student group is interested in being a  part of Bucs Go Green or you have any questions about the program, please email us at .

Campus Sustainability Fee
 hydration stationSince 2008, the Campus Sustainability Fee (CSF) has been used to support a variety of sustainability related projects and initiatives on campus. These projects are submitted by students, faculty, and staff and a committee of students and faculty vote on the many proposals to decide which proposals are most viable for ETSU. These proposals range from  motion sensor lighting,  hydration stations, solar arrays, and even the Buc Bikes program. If you are interested on being a committee member please email the . To submit a proposal please fill out this form and email it to by February 15, 2020.
Community Garden

 gardenThe ETSU Community Garden was constructed in 2010 with funding from the Campus Sustainability Fee. Since that time, ETSU students, faculty, and staff have grown a variety of delicious vegetables and herbs in the garden plots. The garden in located in the Buccaneer Ridge Apartment complex. There are 4x8 ft. plots available. To rent a plot please complete the Community Garden Membership Application and email it to .


libraryThe Department of Sustainability has been educating students, faculty, and staff since their start in 2008. We educate through our Eco-Nuts  in the residence halls and throughout campus through events and programs. We provide education about sustainability initiatives through signage, events, and art pieces throughout campus. Faculty and staff receive training regarding recycling during their orientation. Our website also possesses a wealth of knowledge for students, faculty, and staff to refer to. Click here to see what you can do to make campus more sustainable.  
Events and Programs
The Department of Sustainability hosts many events and programs on campus throughout the year. All of our events have an educational note in them. This allows us to provide meaningful information regarding climate change and sustainable actions through fun and engaging activities. Some past events include waste audits, outdoor movies, Earth Fest, the Wild and Scenic Film Festival, TED Taco-Thons, and many more! You can learn more about our events by checking out our calendar  and also following us on social media: @gogreenetsu on Instagram and Twitter, and @ETSU Sustainability on Facebook.
Farmer's Market
fmHere at ETSU we have our very own Farmer's Market. In Spring 2020, it will be held on Thursdays from March 5th - April 30th, 10AM to 3PM in the pridewalk. The Farmer's Market hosts many local vendors that sell a variety of goods. If you are interested in volunteering at the market or serving as an officer on the leadership committee, email the ETSU Farmer's Market !
Green Monday

SmallGreen Monday is our weekly email that shares our upcoming events and gives you tips on how to live a more earth-friendly lifestyle. These emails are short and can be read while walking to class, waiting for the bus, or even during a class break. Click Here to Subscribe to Green Monday Emails!

Green Office Program
The Green Office Program is being reinstated and revamped! We will be supporting offices and departments to reduce their campus carbon footprint. Any office or department, big or small, is welcome to join the Green Office Program. Click Here for the policies and procedures of this program. If your office/department is interested in becoming a Green Office or if you have any questions about the program, please contact us at .
Move Out
moveoutMove out takes place during the last two weeks of the spring semester. During this time we collect donations, usually of things that students would throw out when packing up to move out of the residence halls. We collect furniture, food, clothes, school supplies, toiletries, and bedding. These collections are then distributed to local not for profit organizations. In previous years these organizations have included Bucky's Food Pantry, Goodwill, Salvation Army, Boys and Girls Club, Women's River Mission, Washington County Animal Shelter, and many more. This years organizations have not been selected. If you have any suggestions for where we should allocate donations this upcoming spring please feel free to More information about Move-Out 2020 will be posted closer to the time. 
binsThe Recycling Center is located in the warehouse behind Buccaneer Ridge Apartments. The ETSU Recycling Center has been helping the community become a greener place to live since 2008 by recycling plastic, aluminum, cardboard, paper, and various other items. Click here for a list of what is recyclable at East Tennessee State University. AT THIS TIME WE ARE ONLY ABLE TO ACCEPT PLASTICS 1 AND 2! For more information about recycling or to schedule a pickup please contact John Nelson our recycling coordinator. If you are wanting information about paper shredding please contact Shred-It.
Resource Conservation
savewaterHere at East Tennessee State University the Department of Sustainability puts lots of energy into the conservation of resources on campus. Such resources include water, electricity, natural gas, and materials. We do this through education and monitoring energy and water usage. To find out how you can conserve resources on campus click here.
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