As faculty, staff and general members of the campus community gathered in the Student Union to celebrate the University’s commitment to sustainability, Chancellor Folt presided from an unusual podium: a bike.
Although it was a somewhat unorthodox tool for giving a speech, the bike symbolized something much greater – the University will now have an official partnership with Burt’s Bees to bring ride-share bikes to campus.
This was one of many announcements that served to demonstrate the University's commitment to sustainability. Last fall, Chancellor Folt announced the Three Zeros Initiative, setting the goal of net zero water usage, zero waste to landfills and net zero greenhouse gas emissions. Three Zeros Day was the kick-off event for the initiative before the University ultimately releases a series of five-year plans, the first of which will be released in 2018.
The day’s agenda was filled with a variety of events to celebrate the Three Zeros Initiative. Fair, Local, Organic (FLO) Foods set up a farmer’s market in the Pit in the morning, which was followed by an exhibition of student and professional organizations in the Great Hall.
The day culminated with a raffle prize giveaway featuring a football signed by Larry Fedora. The keynote event was held in the Union auditorium, and featured various speakers who had worked on the initiative.