Shockers Go Green Events

We will celebrate Earth Day throughout the week of April 19, 2021.  Some events will be in person and some will be virtual.  More information about how to access virtual events is coming soon!

Event Description Date(s) Time Location
Ablah Library Special Book Display Celebrating Sustainability and Earth Day April 19 - 30, 2021 All day First floor display across from elevators
Community Garden The WSU Green Group will host seed giveaways and t-shirt painting at the WSU Community Garden. April 22, 2021 11:00am - 1:00pm

Planting in the Community Garden

and T-shirt making on the first floor of the RSC near the food court.

Exhibitors Electric vehicles and other community organizations will showcase their contributions to a greener community. April 22, 2021 11:00am - 3:00pm RSC North Lawn
Welcome Speech

Dr. Rick Muma, WSU Interim President

Mayor Brandon Whipple, City of Wichita

April  2021  

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Keynote Presentation Laura Lapp, Vice President of Sustainability and Culinary Services, Chartwells April  2021  

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(on-demand starting at 8.15)

Keynote Presentation Dr. Michael Ranney, UC Berkeley 

Ten Quick, Tested, Ways to Reduce Denial of Human-Caused Global Warming: Skeptics Welcome!

April  2021  

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Movie "The Biggest Little Farm" April 2021 Anytime Click here and sign in to Bb to view
Smart Factory Tour A 25 minute recorded video highlighting an overview of the Smart Factory at the Wichita Experience Center.  This tour will focus on the sustainable technology in the building. April  2021 Anytime Click here to view tour
Student Poster Competition Students submit their research to compete in various categories, such as sustainable manufacturing, climate change, green infrastructure, social awareness, etc. April  2021 Anytime Click here to view posters
Panel Discussion

Movement of Plastics Industry Toward Sustainability
Imagine your life if you tried to eliminate all plastics and synthetic polymers from it.  It would mean not just foregoing the plastic cups and disposable utensils at the fast-food restaurant, but probably every creature comfort available to you, including the buildings that shelter you, the furniture that enables your work and rest, the vehicles that transport you, and the cell phones you communicate through.  You would not be able to take advantage of modern dental restorations, medical procedures, or the PPE and sneeze guards that have protected you throughout this pandemic.  Plastics and synthetic polymers are ubiquitous in both ordinary life and advanced technology due to their myriad of properties and ease of processing at relatively low costs.  Yet with their ubiquity has come environmental problems and social inequities. Plastics are everywhere, not just in landfills, but also in visible parts of our natural environment.  This panel will discuss some of the ways the plastics industry is evolving to promote its sustainability, through recycling, alternative starting materials, and new synthetic methods that create environmentally friendly products, while also addressing the resulting challenges. 

Moderator: Dr. Coleen Pugh, Professor of Chemistry, Dean of the WSU Graduate School, Associate VP for Research


Joel Matsco, Covestro - Covestro Polycarbonates Commitment to Full Circularity

Mike Biddle, Evok Innovations - Closing the Loop:  We Can Recyle Plastic
Popular Science "The Garbage Man"

Abdala Bashir, Danimer Scientific - Biodegradable Polyhydroxyalkanotes Prepared Microbially

April 30, 2021 2:00 YouTube stream (live and on demand after the event)