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The Office of Sustainability produces a digest each month during the fall and spring semesters covering topics and events related to sustainability around Auburn.  You can receive our digest directly in your inbox by completing our sign-up form.

APRIL 2021

SDG #13 Take urgent action to combat climate change & its impacts.

  • Director’s Corner: Dread & Disbelief: My Brothers Death & Climate Change
  • Campus Changemaker: Dr. Sweta Byahut ~ By Chloe McMahon
  • Videos: Meet Our Student Staff

MARCH 2021

SDG #7 Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable & modern energy for all.

  • Director’s Corner: To Achieve Clean Energy, Let’s Rethink Carbon ~ By Mike Kensler
  • Campus Changemakers Rob Engle and Scott McClure on energy engineering and designing a more sustainable campus ~ By Chloe McMahon
  • Campus Race To Zero Waste Encourages Us To Waste Less & Recycle More ~ By Joan Hicken, Manager, Waste Reduction and Recycling
  • Academic Sustainability Program’s 2021 Fall Line Course (Re)Design Workshop ~ By Sarah Hamilton, Director of the Academic Sustainability Program
  • SAVE THE DATE: Solve Climate BY 2030


SDG #8 Promote sustained, inclusive & sustainable economic growth, full & productive employment, & decent work for all.

  • Director’s Corner: A “Decent” Economy
  • Racial & Economic Disparity In The Age Of COVID-19 ~Chloe McMahon, Program Coordinator, Office of Sustainability
  • Sustainable Community Planning Addresses The Racist Origins Of Interstate Highways ~Rebecca Retzlaff, Associate Professor, Community Planning Program, Department of Political Science
  • The Key To An Inclusive Workplace Is Being Intentional ~Mike Stover, Assistant Director, Employer Relations, Harbert College of Business


SDG #9 Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive & sustainable industrialization & foster innovation.

  • Director’s Corner: Innovate, Or Else
  • Campus Changemaker: Ben Burmester
  • Open for Spirit of Sustainability Award Nominations Close: Jan 31
  • UN State of the Planet Address


SDG #10 Reduce inequality within & among countries.

  • Director’s Corner: Concentrated Wealth or Democracy?
  • Campus Changemaker: Spectrum: Auburn University’s Gay-Straight Alliance
  • Establishing Leave Accrual Equity for AU Non-Exempt Employees ~by Allana Pierce, University Staff Council Representative
  • When Advocating Locally, Think Globally ~by Brittany Branyon, Director of Collegiate and Community Programs, The Cary Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies
  • The Pursuit of Equity: Understanding How to Reduce Inequality ~ Farrah Bowman, Director of Basic Needs, Student Government Association
  • International Justice Mission & the Fight Against Violence ~Rachel Johnson, Co-President of Auburn University’s IJM Chapter


SDG #12 Ensure sustainable consumption & production patterns.

  • Director’s Corner: Humanity’s Design Problem & Nature’s Design Solutions
  • Acknowledging the Past, Envisioning the Future: The Lee County Remembrance Project
  • Campus Changemaker Dr. Young-A Lee on Cradle to Cradle: Catalyzing Fashion in the Sustainability Movement
  • Purchasing for Your Health & Our Planet ~ Beatriz Carmona, October 2019
  • Recycling In An Imperfect World ~ Barbara Lengsfeld, Coordinator, Waste Reduction & Recycling Department, Facilities Management


SDG 16: Promote peaceful & inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all & build effective, accountable & inclusive institutions at all levels.

  • Director’s Corner: Healing the Heart of Democracy
  • Campus Changemaker: Lauren Lavender, SGA’s First Director of Sustainability
  • Books & Ball Caps: Healing the Heart of Democracy & the Tennessee Smokies
  • “So like….recycling?”: Expanding the Understanding of Sustainability
  • Conflict in the World’s Most Important Wilderness Area: The Cameroon Anglophone Crisis & the Need for Community Participation in Conservation of the Congo
  • We Must, & Will, Do Better
  • Another Look Into Campus Kitchens: Partnerships Within the Community
  • Sustainability in a Human Ecosystem


SDG 2: End hunger, achieve food security & improved nutrition & promote sustainable agriculture.

  • Director’s Corner: Hunger – There Is No Excuse
  • Campus Changemaker: Marley Halter’s Journey with Community Gardening
  • NEW Voting Page with Deadlines, Processes, & Tips for All Voters
  • Books & Ball Caps: Food Security, Nutrition, & Sustainability & the Montgomery Biscuits
  • The Pandemic, Food Insecurity, & Working Toward Zero Hunger
  • Community Gardens: An Important Tool for Eliminating Food Insecurity
  • Introducing Home on the Plains, A One-Stop Center for Health & Wellness Support
  • An Active Player in the Fight against Food Insecurity: The Campus Kitchen at Auburn University: An Account from a Cherished Community Partner & General Operation Update
  • Food Insecurity Among College Students & the Need for Sustainable Transformation


SDG 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages.

  • The Wellbeing of Each is the Responsibility of All
  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Rendezvous
  • Campus Changemaker: Scott Dirksen
  • Register to Vote
  • Books & Ball Caps
  • News & Events