Sustainability Week at SUNY Oswego, Oct. 3 to 7, highlights campus programming and activities that inspire people to advocate for sustainability and stewardship in their daily lives.

This year, the Office of Sustainability will host events that encourage community building and connection to the natural landscape of the SUNY Oswego campus. Along with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal #11: Sustainable Cities & Communities, the office hopes this programming inspires the campus to create sustainable communities wherever you go. 

Events will include:

  • Monday, Oct. 3: Using stencils, campus members will have the opportunity to paint permanent messaging on storm drains to encourage good water stewardship, as the storm drains feed into the local watershed. Participants should meet at the Marano Campus Center Welcome Desk at 5:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 4: The campus community is invited to take a trip to Rice Creek Field Station to hike the trails and explore the great outdoors. Meet time and location is Rice Creek Field Station at 4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 5: Shining Waters, a campus organization that focuses on litter pick-up around West Campus, will host an opportunity to help this effort as well as an informative discussion about the features of Lake Ontario. Meeting is at the Marano Campus Center Welcome Desk at 5:30 p.m. (which is the same for the clean-up activity every week).
  • Thursday, Oct. 6: Explore natural dyes as the Office of Sustainability sponsors making dyes derived from flowers, fruits and nuts, picked from the campus garden and the surrounding landscape. Organizers encourage participants to bring their own fabrics for dyeing. This activity will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Office of Sustainability, located in Service Building, 30 Sheldon Ave. The tie-dying will occur at the back of the building at the Bike Shop.
  • Friday, Oct. 7: Visit the Permaculture Living Laboratory between Lee Hall and the Shineman Center for pumpkin painting, snacks, garden tours and a fall perennial plant swap with Penfield Library. The event will run from 3 to 6 p.m. 

For more information, follow @OzSustainability on Instagram and visit the Office of Sustainability website.