Seminole State to hold week of events dedicated to sustainability

Friday, October 18, 2019
Written by: Seminole State Staff

The Seminole State College of Florida Office of Student Life will host several events on campus, designed to bring awareness towards global environmental issues as part of Social Justice Week.

Social Justice Week 2019, Oct. 28-31, aims to bridge gaps within the Campus community through deliberative discussions, interactive activities, lectures, films and other initiatives that promote justice, equity and inclusion.

“Here at Seminole State we strive to create an institutional culture of sustainability," said Beverly Sanchez, coordinator of community engagement at the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus. "All of the events are designed to show people how we can all do our part to create an institutional culture of sustainability and a community of practice dedicated to the long-term social, economic and environmental wellness of our College and community."

All Social Justice Week programs are open to students, faculty, staff and the public. 

Monday – Oct. 28 

Virtual Reality Viewing – Animal Awareness
Hosted by Vegan Outreach

Sanford/Lake Mary Campus
University Partnership Building Breezeway
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Vegan Outreach will have virtual reality goggles for viewing and educating on the Factory Farming Industry. Vegan Outreach is a 501c3 nonprofit organization working to end violence towards animals.

Energy and Sustainability: From Campus to Classroom and Back
Hosted by the Sanford/Lake Mary Student Government Association
Sanford/Lake Mary Campus
Student Center (SC-185) 
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Join the Sanford/Lake Mary Student Government Association as we help promote sustainability during the 2019 Social Justice Week. Take part in this informational forum facilitated by the Seminole State College sustainability department and find out what initiatives you can be part of.

Farm Workers Rights
Hosted by The Farm Workers Association
Sanford/Lake Mary Campus
Student Center (SC-185)
 2:30 - 4 p.m.
The Farm Workers Association will be leading a lecture on the topic of farm workers’ rights. The organization aims to build power among farm workers and rural low-income communities, to respond to and gain control over the social, political, economic, workplace, health and environmental justice issues that impact their lives.

Tuesday – Oct. 29

Factory Farming Awareness
Hosted by the Sanford/Lake Mary Environmental Initiative
Sanford/Lake Mary Campus
Building S (S-115) 
3 - 4 p.m.
The Factory Farming Awareness Coalition will be presenting on the ecological impacts of industrial animal agriculture and the power of our food choices.

Sustainability 101
Hosted by the Altamonte Springs Student Government Association
Altamonte Springs Campus Lawn 
Noon - 2 p.m.
Interested in learning about climate change and what you can do to help solve it? Then stop by to learn about renewable energy, recycling, zero food waste and view a hydroponic garden. There will also be giveaways and food!

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is
Hosted by Phi Theta Kappa & Seminole State Volunteers
Sanford/Lake Mary Campus
Student Center (SC-185) 
2 - 3 p.m.
Join for a discussion on the pros and cons of consumer culture, the environmental effects of product and service choices, and learn how to become an educated consumer. Bring some old or unwanted t-shirts to learn how to make cool reusable bags out of them!

Sustaining Change
Hosted by the Heathrow Student Government Association
Heathrow Campus Atrium 
4 - 6 p.m.
Professionals from the fields of interior design, construction and sustainability will be participating in a panel discussing material transparency and the importance of using sustainable materials to help the environment and the health of those utilizing their work.

Wednesday – Oct. 30

Before the Flood
Hosted by the Campus Activities Team
Sanford/Lake Mary Campus
Student Center (SC-173) 
Noon - 2 p.m.
Learn about the science and research about the way scientists and climate experts are exploring innovative sustainability methods! "Before the Flood" is a documentary informing us about the effects of climate change, how leaders are taking actions and how you can take action as well.

Thursday – Oct. 31

Go State, Go Green
Hosted by the Oviedo Student Government Association & Oviedo Environmental Initiative
Lee Campus at Oviedo Patio 
Noon - 2 p.m.
Students will be able to participate in a week-long sustainability challenge through social media & win a prize. For more information, follow @sscovisga via Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Learn how to participate in Green Monday Initiatives via recycling displays.

About the Office of Student Life

The Office of Student Life at Seminole State, which has offices on all four campuses, oversees more than 50 student clubs and organizations, provides free student activities and entertainment, and hosts leadership retreats for students. For more information, please visit the Student Life website.