Green Scene Newsletter
Panther Bikes’ Bike Fair
The student organization Panther Bikes will be holding its Bike Fair on March 27th from 11:30am to 1:30pm at Unity Plaza. This fun event is designed to get students, faculty, and staff excited about bicycling as a viable form of alternative transportation. A multitude of bike-related businesses and organizations will be ready to help out bike aficionados and beginners alike: Outback Bikes will provide free bike tune-ups and basic maintenance (as well as sell their discounted merchandise), Bike Law of Georgia can explain the state’s bicycle laws and safety tips, and the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition will discuss its classes for “True Beginners.” Other vendors at the fair will have games, raffles, and even a bicycle obstacle course! With music and refreshments from Ben & Jerry’s and King of Pops, there’s truly something for everyone to enjoy.
This event is supported by the GSU Sustainability Fee fund and is open to all students. According to Panther Bikes, the goal of the event is to help transform the university’s perspective on bicycling by encouraging healthy transportation, healthy people, and a healthy planet. Please stop by Unity Plaza on Wednesday, March 27th and take part in the fun!
Shelby Buso from USGBC speaks at the Sustainable Speaker Series
Our most recent speaker was Shelby Buso, the Georgia director of the United States Green Building Council. USGBC is a large non-profit organization that promotes sustainability in building design, construction, and operation. She explained her organization’s ambitious goal of having “everyone in a green building in the next generation.” With an average of 2 million square feet certified every day in countries around the world, USGBC is certainly making significant progress. In fact, two of Georgia State’s buildings are LEED-certified: the Indian Creek Lodge and the College of Law.
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, certification system is one of the most popular green building certifications in the world. It provides an accessible path for designers and builders to create efficient, environmentally responsible buildings.
USGBC will be attending the Greenbuild Expo in November, held this year in Atlanta. Greenbuild is the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building and brings together major industry leaders for an inspiring and educational event with great networking opportunities. Full time students who wish to attend can do so for free if they volunteer to organize and staff the event. Find out more at https://www.greenbuildexpo.com/en/community/usgbc-volunteers.html and learn more about USGBC at https://new.usgbc.org/about.
Earth Week 2019 is coming up soon!
April is right around the corner, which means so is Earth Week! As always, Sustainability Initiatives is kicking things off with our festival in Hurt Park on April 18th. There will be sustainability-related guests from the university and the city on hand to provide information about what they do. There will also be plenty of fun in the form of a reptile show from Southeastern Reptile Rescue, music by DJ Dano, delicious food trucks like Dominic’s Wood Fired Pizza, Let’s Taco Bout It, and the Bento Bus, plus great prizes from Flora and Fauna to those who bring the most recyclable items to their drive!
In addition, there will be recycling drives on the Perimeter campuses throughout April. We will be accepting hard to recycle materials like glass, plastic bags, electronics, and more.
- Dunwoody: April 9
- Decatur: April 10
- Alpharetta: April 23
- Newton: April 24
- Clarkston: April 25
Stay tuned for updates and more information during this busy month by visiting our website and social media! sustainability.gsu.edu