Olin Climate Action Semester

Schedule of Kick-Off Week Events:






Tues. Jan. 29th

11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Dining Hall


Introduce no-meat meal

Olin’s Dining Hall will be reducing meat served on Tuesdays for the Spring 2019 semester to reduce our carbon footprint.


Gerber, P.J., Steinfeld, H., Henderson, B., Mottet, A., Opio, C., Dijkman, J., Falcucci, A. & Tempio, G. 2013. Tackling climate change through livestock – A global assessment of emissions and mitigation opportunities. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Rome

Center for Sustainable Systems, University of Michigan. 2018. “Carbon Footprint Factsheet.” Pub. No. CSS09-05


5:00 - 7:00 pm

Norden Auditorium


Screening of the “Human Element





Norden Auditorium


What is Olin doing to sustain the planet?

Wed. Jan. 30th

8:00 - 8:30 pm



Discussion of recent climate reports at SLAC- An overview of two recent (alarming) climate reports: The IPCC 2018 Special Report and the 4th National Climate Assessment” with Joanna Carey

This talk may inspire you take action! After the talk, we encourage you to write to your elected officials to express your desire for urgent climate action. We will provide you the tools and resources to effectively write and send these letters, which are proven to make a difference in representatives’ decision-making process.


IPCC 2018 Special Report: https://www.ipcc.ch/sr15/

4th National Climate Assessment: https://nca2018.globalchange.gov/

Who is your representative? Check here: https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials

How do you write an effective letter to policy makers? Check here: https://www.ucsusa.org/action/writing-letters.html#.XE8rrlxKg2x



8:30 - 9:30 pm


Letter Writing

Contacting government officials




Sustainable snacks

 Thur. Jan. 31st

12:00 - 1:00 pm

Campus Center


Kick - Off of RecycleMania competition

RecycleMania is a recycling and waste reduction competition among universities and colleges in the US and Canada. It is an 8 week competition and our scores will be benchmarked against the other participants each week. 


Check here for RecycleMania website and scoreboard once the competition begins: https://recyclemania.org/

Fri. Feb. 1st

3:00 pm

Milas Hall Lobby

Commitment Campaign at ACRONYM

Stop by to write your “one thing” commitment at ACRONYM

Community members are invited to explore personal changes they can make in order to minimize their carbon footprint. We encourage individuals and groups to find “one thing” to improve and commit to trying it for the whole semester. Join us at acronym this Friday to share your “one thing” and discuss ways to address climate anxiety.


Ideas for reducing your carbon footprint: https://cotap.org/reduce-carbon-footprint/

Center for Sustainable Systems, University of Michigan. 2018. “Carbon Footprint Factsheet.” Pub. No. CSS09-05

If you are interested in climate change documentaries check out:

If you are interested in human influence on the environment documentaries check out: 

Look for Earth week events coming soon!