Join us for a week-long celebration of sustainability initiatives at KU!


Monday, September 28th
​Bikers' Break
Wescoe Beach, 11am-1pm

​Pedal by for a mid-day snack as we say "Thank you!" for riding to campus! KU Cycle Club will be on hand to give your bike a quick check-up and make minor adjustments. 

Lawrence bike maps, bike safety tips, and other biking resources will also be available, while supplies last!


Tuesday, September 29th
The Trees of KU Scavenger Hunt
Stauffer-Flint lawn, 10am-2pm
​Test your tree identification on our native tree scavenger hunt! Clues will be provided to help you weave through campus in search of 12 historic trees. Come when you can, and set your own pace... to stroll or race!

If you're feeling a little competitive, we'll time your team. The team that correctly completes the hunt in the shortest time will win a gift certificate from Up A Creek Canoe & Kayak Rental! The gift certificate is good for FREE bus transportation for a group float, a $100 value!

Wednesday, September 30th
Rock Chalk Recycle and Waste Audit
Wescoe Beach, 11am - 1pm

Volunteers needed! Sign-up here!

How well are we doing at separating our recycling and landfill materials? Let's find out! Join KU Recycling to sort through fresh trash and recycling bags to see how the campus community is measuring up, and what we can do better!

Sign-up to volunteer or just come watch the results. 

Thursday, October 1st
Picnic at the Prairie
Prairie Acre, at the corner of Sunnyside and Sunflower, 4pm-6pm

What is Prairie Acre? Come find out! Faculty experts will introduce us to this last gem of native prairie on KU's campus. Following which, we will snack on a picnic while listening to local bluegrass music and socializing in this historic and beloved landscape. We will have snacks available, or feel free to bring your own! 

RSVPs are appreciated. Please email and tell us you're coming to the picnic!

Friday, October 2nd
​Friday Night Lights Out
Wescoe Beach, 5:30pm

Volunteers needed! Sign up here.

What happens when the last person in a room doesn't know they're the last person? Chances are, lights and equipment stay on. What happens when they don't know they're the last person on a Friday afternoon? The lights stay on ALL weekend!!

KU is shutting it down for energy conservation and you can help! We'll form teams and tackle common spaces where unnecessary lights and equipment don't need to be left on. It's a fun way to see campus, kick off the weekend, and help lower KU's energy footprint! Unplug KU will be joining us to kick off their own semester of energy conservation projects! 

Sign up to volunteer

Sunday, October 4
Prairie Seed Collecting
Location TBD, 1:00 pm

Help collect seeds from a local prairie remnant to help restore the Prairie Acre at KU. Very little plant knowledge is needed, and it is a lot of fun to get out on the prairie!  Please email if you plan to attend – any changes in the schedule will be sent that day by email. Volunteers will meet at the Checkers at 23rd & Louisiana and car pool from there. A few tips to make this outing successful

  • Wear long pants, long sleeves, hiking boots or shoes, and a pair of gloves (leather if possible)
  • Bring a sun hat, sun glasses, and sun screen
  • Bring a pair of pruning shears or sturdy scissors, a canvas bag or tool belt to hold smaller bags, and extra paper bags (lunch or grocery sacks) for collecting seeds
  • Bring a snack and water, and a camera for gorgeous prairie photos!

For questions about KU Campus Sustainability Week events email or call 785-864-5398.

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