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Sustainability Picnic 2023

By September 11, 2023September 13th, 2023No Comments

By Hannah Schwartz

A student holds a snake after grabbing some fresh flowers.

A student holds a snake after grabbing some fresh flowers.

Auburn University’s Sustainability Picnic returned this year for another incredible event with locally-sourced food, live music, and countless involvement opportunities. Over 330 students attended and were able to visit with other students as well as resources, clubs, and organizations throughout campus that make a difference. See below some of the great groups that attended. 

O-Town ice cream truck at the Sustainability Picnic serving attendees.

Attendees cool off with ice cream.

This event was waste-free – all that was left was a single glove! Everything else was recycled or composted. The food was vegetarian, locally-sourced, and delicious. It was prepared and served by Tiger Dining on frisbees as plates. Over 330 frisbees were given out and taken home by attendees. All cups and utensils were reusable and given to attendees. 

Ian Malinowski singing and playing guitar for attendees.

Ian Malinowski performs for attendees.

Ian Malinowski gave a live performance of songs old and new as attendees enjoyed the event. Ian is a Junior here at Auburn majoring in Commercial Music. He hopes to continue his education pursuing a Master’s in performance and work as a studio session guitarist. Check out his Instagram, @ian.mal_, for more content!  

Bike winner poses with his new bike.

An attendee wins bingo and receives his prize – a free bike!

Donations of door prizes for bingo were graciously made by Sidetrack, Well Red, Taco Mama, Coca-Cola, AU Rec and Wellness Center, Auburn University Bookstore, Trek, and Masters of Community Planning.





A special thanks to our cosponsors: 

Academic Sustainability Program

College of Forestry, Wildlife and Environment

Master of Community Planning

Office of Sustainability

Tiger Dining

The Donald E. Davis Arboretum

Waste Reduction and Recycling Department

Student Organizations

To connect with these groups and even more, visit our student groups page. 

Active Minds at Auburn University 

American Conservation Coalition 

Auburn Cares 

Auburn SAGA 

Campus Kitchens Project 

Crop, Soil, and Environmental Science Club 

Engineers Without Borders 

Marine Biology Club 

Outdoor Adventure Club 

Plant-Based Plainsman 

Project Uplift 

Students for Clean Water 

Sustainable Biomaterials and Packaging Society 

Universities Fighting World Hunger  

Water and Environmental Student Association 

Society for Natural Resources 

SGA – Student Government Association 


Community Resources 

Citizens Climate Lobby 

For the Bees 

League of Women Voters in East Alabama 


University Programs and Resources 

Academic Sustainability Program 


AU Involve 


Auburn Bee Lab 

Auburn Outdoors 

Campus Food Pantry/Auburn Cares/with Tiger Dining 

College of Forestry, Wildlife and Environment 

Kreher Preserve and Nature Center 

Master of Community Planning Program 

Museum of Natural History 

Office of Global Education 

Office of Inclusion and Diversity 

Office of Sustainability 

Rec and Wellness – Group Fitness 

Sustainability Auburn Alumni Affiliate 

Tiger Dining 

Vertical Farm in Transformation Garden 

Waste Reduction Recycling Department 

Learn about the SDGs & AU and our contributions related to this post.

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