Sustainability Efforts on Campus to be Discussed Feb. 26

February 24, 2020 | UToday
By Staff

A sustainability forum will be held Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 5:30 p.m. in Memorial Field House Room 2100.

“The purpose of the Earth Rally is to get feedback from students, faculty and staff about sustainability and what the University can do to improve its initiatives,” said Grant Epstein, campus culture chair with Student Government.

Discussing UToledo’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint will be Jason Toth, senior associate vice president for administration; Michael Green, director of energy management; and representatives from several student organizations.

“When I joined Student Government, one of the changes I wanted to see on campus was making the University more sustainable,” Epstein said.

The sophomore majoring in mechanical engineering is a member of the Student Green Fund, which is made possible by voluntary student donations and finances student-proposed and executed projects that promote sustainability, renewable energy, efficiency, waste reduction and educational initiatives.

Thanks to the Student Green Fund, there is a solar field on Health Science Campus, and there are water bottle filling stations and air dryers throughout the University.

“While efforts continue to make the University more sustainable, it’s important to inform people about what UToledo is doing and receive feedback from campus community members,” said Epstein, who is a member of Kappa Delta Rho Fraternity.

“We have installed motion-sensor lighting controls in many buildings, and our exterior lighting is 99% LED,” Green said. “In addition, our recycling system is more efficient and effective.”

“Facilities and Construction is supportive of striving to improve sustainability on our campuses,” Toth said. “We look forward to continued opportunities to implement sustainable systems and also to work with our students, faculty and staff on future initiatives.”

Future sustainability initiatives will be discussed at the forum.

Reservations are requested for the free, public event: Go to the Earth Rally website.

For more information on the forum, contact Epstein at

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