WUSTL to take part in nationwide campus sustainability celebration

Bike ride, locally sourced meal, symposium part of Danforth Campus events

WUSTL will celebrate Campus Sustainability Day Wednesday, Oct. 20, and many sustainability-themed events will be held in late October throughout the Danforth and Medical campuses.

Campus Sustainability Day, which is recognized by colleges and universities across the nation, is held to bring attention to the achievements and challenges for students, faculty and staff in working to instill sustainability principles in higher education institutions and their surrounding communities.

Details on Danforth Campus events are below. For more information on events on the Medical Campus, visit news.wustl.edu/news/Pages/21322.aspx.

Bike ride

The Danforth and Medical Campus Sustainability Awareness Committees will host a bike ride around Forest Park on Campus Sustainability Day, Wednesday, Oct. 20, to raise awareness of alternate forms of transportation.

Participants from the Medical Campus will leave at 11:30 a.m. from the west parking lot of the CID building and will be led by Todd Williams, research lab supervisor at the School of Medicine.

Participants from the Danforth Campus will leave at noon from the bottom of the stairs at Brookings Hall and will be led by Errol Sandler, PhD, associate dean of the Sever Institute of Continuing Studies in the School of Engineering & Applied Science.

Helmets are required, and bikes must be in working condition. Participants will be required to sign a release before the ride and must be 18 or older (no children).

The ride consists of either one or two loops around Forest Park, either 6 or 12 miles. Certain parts of the park are hilly, requiring some exertion for the uphill and skill for navigating the downhill safely. Recent riding experience is encouraged.

For more information or to sign up, e-mail Jessica Daues at jessica_daues@wustl.edu.

Locally sourced dinner

Ibby’s Bistro in the Danforth University Center will offer a three-course dinner made with 100 percent locally sourced items from 5-10 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20. The cost will be $25 for all three courses, or customers can order each item individually.

The courses:

  • Starter: Missouri watercress with Jonathan apples, apple cider vinaigrette, candied pecans and blue cheese;
  • Entree: Sauteed trout with green beans, fingerling potatoes and toasted Missouri butter; and
  • Dessert: Serendipity seasonal ice cream.

For more information, visit ibbys.wustl.edu/events.

Guided arbor tour of Danforth Campus

Kent Theiling Jr., grounds and landscape design manager for the Danforth Campus, will lead the Second Annual Fall Arbor Tour Thursday, Oct. 21. The guided tour will start at 11 a.m. at the Danforth Garden in front of Brookings Hall and is expected to last approximately an hour.

The tour will take participants on a walk throughout the Danforth Campus to learn more about the different kind of trees located on campus.

In case of rain, the tour will take place at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 22, in the same location.

To reserve a spot on the tour, e-mail Kim Shilling at KShilling@wustl.edu.

Sustainability symposium

The next week, University College in Arts & Sciences will host a symposium titled “The Sustainability Challenge: Local to Global” at 7 p.m. Oct. 26 in Steinberg Hall Auditorium.

The symposium will feature experts from Washington University and the greater St. Louis region as they discuss questions and challenges facing the environment, community development and organizational life.

Panelists include:

  • Pratim Biswas, PhD, the Stifel and Quinette Jens Professor of Environmental Engineering Science and chair of the Department of Energy, Environmental and Chemical Engineering, School of Engineering & Applied Science, Washington University;
  • William Carson, vice president and director of sustainability, McCormack Baron Salazar;
  • Betsy Cohen, vice president, sustainability and animal welfare, Nestle Purina PetCare Co.;
  • John Hoal, PhD, associate professor and chair of the Master of Urban Design Program, College of Architecture, Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, Washington University;
  • Tiffany Knight, PhD, associate professor of biology and director of the Environmental Studies Program, both in Arts & Sciences, Washington University; and
  • Catherine Werner, JD, sustainability director, City of St. Louis Mayor’s Office.

For more information about the symposium, visit news.wustl.edu/news/Pages/21170.aspx.