In celebration of Earth Day, Creighton University has been holding a variety of events on campus that raise awareness and engage in behaviors that care for the Earth.
Belyna Bentlage, Sustainability Coordinator for Creighton, says the global theme of the month is to end plastic pollution.
To that end, Creighton staff handed out reusable bags, water bottles, utensils and cloth napkins last week.
Bentlage says in 2013 Creighton enacted a climate action plan which is still in use today. She says the plan states Creighton will achieve climate neutrality by 2050 with a 40% reduction in emissions by 2028.
Bentlage says Creighton has been working to optimize its energy consumption on campus.
"So that reduces the greenhouse gas emissions that we produce on campus. We are looking at options for implementing an active commuting program. So we are looking at how students, faculty and staff get to and from campus and how we might be able to encourage carpooling, taking the bus, walking, riding your bike and really put a cohesive program around those commute modes.”
Bentlage says Creighton is also looking at starting an engagement program where students, faculty and staff can become sustainability champions and engage in some peer-to-peer training about how to live sustainably on campus, at home and past graduation.
You can find more sustainability tips at GlobalStewards.org.