Virtual Campus Sustainability Month 2021

TRACS Hosted Events

Texas Regional Alliance for Campus Sustainability (TRACS) Networking Session at GCSHE | Tuesday, October 12 at 5:00pm to 6:00pm ET
This is a networking meeting for Texans and other parties interested in the Texas Regional Alliance for Campus Sustainability (TRACS) to connect and discuss campus sustainability topics unique to the Lone Star State. We will also cover how attendees and their institutions can participate in the TRACS organization, and we will discuss our upcoming virtual TRACS Summit hosted by Dallas College on November 8-9, 2021.

University Hosted Events

Owenwood Farm and Neighbor Space: Building Community and Sustainability in East Dallas | Dallas College | Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm CT
Owenwood Farm and Neighbor Space is White Rock United Methodist Church’s second campus. The undeveloped land at Owenwood was once baseball and soccer fields. But as the neighborhood changed, so did the needs of their friends and neighbors. When neighbors needed a space to play, the land was available. Now their neighbors need access to fresh food, diapers and necessities that aren’t usually provided by government assistance programs. And they are working to bring affordable, local, organic produce and other necessities to the community. In the middle of a food desert, Owenwood Farm actively works against injustices as they provide opportunities for connection and food access to neighbors in 75218 and 75228.

Building Green Justice Forum: Repair, Regeneration, and Reparations | Huston-Tillotson University | Tuesday, October 12 at 12:30pm to 5:00pm CT
Repair and regeneration have complementary but distinct biological definitions. Repair prevents an injury from spreading and re-establishes basic support; regeneration is a complete renewal of function that restores components by rebuilding them anew. We can envision how both definitions apply to environmental justice work, from science and policy to advocacy and community resilience. The concept of reparations further challenges us to assess the current state of the environment and examine reparations in environmental contexts. How can we renew systems and processes while accounting for the cascading damages of the past? Can a focus on immediate repair hinder long-term regeneration? Is renewal of any system possible without reparations? And how might we use these concepts to enact environmental justice work that is inclusive and transformative?

Education Through a Magnifying Glass | Texas A&M University | Wednesday, October 13 at 3:30 pm CT
Zoom Passcode: VCSM

The Houseplant Industry: Gotta Buy Them All | Texas A&M University | Monday, October 18 at 3:30 pm CT
The relationship between the innate human desire to nurture, pandemic loneliness, and how large corporations have used the demand to sell plants obtained through morally gray, unsustainable means. Zoom Passcode: VCSM

College Cooking: Fall Season | University of Texas at Dallas | Tuesday, October 19 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm CT
As we step into fall, join one of UTD Eco Reps virtually as she shares easy, college-friendly recipes using seasonal October produce. Learn more about how eating seasonal foods benefits the environment.

Sustainable Investing for Beginners: Making Your Money Work for You and the Planet | Texas A&M University | Tuesday, October 19 at 12:00pm CT
Zoom Passcode: VCSM

Houseplant Horticulture | University of Texas at Dallas | Wednesday, October 20 at 1:00pm to 2:00pm CT
A guide to keeping your plants happy and alive. Topics will include choosing, caring for, and growing many types of indoor houseplants. All experience levels welcome!

After Life Environmentalism | Texas A&M University | Thursday, October 21 at 1:15pm CT
Zoom Passcode: VCSM 

Greenwashing | Texas A&M University | Friday, October 22 at 11:00am CT
Zoom Passcode: VCSM 

The Economics of Climate Change: How Much is it Going to Cost Us? | Texas A&M University | Wednesday, October 27 at 4:00pm CT
Zoom Passcode: VCSM 

The Human Element Virtual Screening | Southwestern University | Thursday, October 28 at 6:30pm to 9:00pm CT
Southwestern University presents a virtual screening of “The Human Element” followed by a Q&A discussion. In an arresting new documentary from the producers of RACING EXTINCTION, THE COVE and CHASING ICE, environmental photographer James Balog captures the lives of everyday Americans on the front lines of climate change. With rare compassion and heart, THE HUMAN ELEMENT relays captivating stories from coast-to-coast, inspiring us to reevaluate our relationship with the natural world.

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