5 ways to celebrate Campus Sustainability Month

Each fall, Chemeketa celebrates Campus Sustainability Month by hosting a series of learning experiences to engage and inspire the college community to become leaders for sustainability. This year’s events include two challenges, a day of service and a special speakers. All events are free and open to the public.

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Drive Less Connect
October 1-15
Don’t miss out on the 2016 Oregon Drive Less Connect Challenge- your opportunity to set new goals for your physical and mental health through green and healthy travel. Log your commutes for two weeks to win prizes.

To play, create an account and join the Chemeketa network.


October 14-28
Do you use a reusable coffee mug or compost your food waste? Make small changes or keep up the good habits you already have to win prizes during the Northwest Earth Institute’s EcoChallenge. Join team Chemeketa to compete against Portland Community College and close the gap between what you say is important and the actions you take.

Ready to sign up? You can register for team Chemeketa here.



Desirée Williams-Rajee

Achieving Climate Equity through Institutional Change
Wednesday, October 12, 6:30 pm
Willamette University Ford Hall, room 102

Chemeketa teams up with Willamette University to bring Desirée Williams-Rajee, equity specialist for the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, to speak about improving climate action outcomes for low-income communities and communities of color in Portland.


_P7A0950Service Learning on the Farm
October 28, 10 am-2 pm
Marion Polk Food Share Youth Farm

Employees and students are invited to assist with planting overwintering crops at the Marion Polk Food Share Youth Farm on the Salem campus. To participate, meet outside the Multicultural Center (Bldg. 2, Salem) at 9:45 am to walk over together.

Can’t make it at 10 am? Feel free to drop by the youth farm later; the farm is accessible by an access road at the corner of Winema Place and South Campus Loop.


Jared Hibbard-Swanson

Growing Community through Food
November 1, 12 pm
Building 3, Room 118-120
CRN 41234

Bring your lunch and join Marion Polk Food Share Youth Farm and Garden Program Manager, Jared Hibbard-Swanson, to learn more about engaging the community by growing food as well as the Youth Farm and Garden programs.

This event is hosted by Chemeketa Sustainability and Valley Roots, a local organization that celebrates and nurtures sustainability in the Willamette Valley.


For more information on these or other sustainability initiatives, contact Steph Fregosi at ext. 7262.