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SDG Action and Awareness Week

The University Global Coalition has declared that February 28 – March 4, 2022 is Sustainable Development Goals Action and Awareness Week. The purpose of this week is to promote awareness of the SDGs among students in higher education and inspire them to take action in furtherance of the goals on their campuses and in their local community. As a proud signatory, Coastal Carolina University has also included events to celebrate SDG Action and Awareness Week. Below you will find a list of events for you to join.

Monday, February 28

Landfill on the Lawn

Time: 11 a.m.-Noon
Location: Prince Lawn

Do you ever wonder about all the waste we generate on this campus, in this state, in this country, or even across the world? According to the EPA, the average American produces 4.9 pounds of waste per day, much of it ending up in our landfills. The landfill that CCU uses is less than 5 miles from campus on Highway 90. The top of that landfill marks the highest point in Horry County, which means that we have basically built a mountain of trash. But what if most of it could have been recycled, reused, or never purchased to begin with? Join Sustain Coastal for Landfill on the Lawn, as we have a look at some of the most common things that are found in trash bags on campus and discuss the ways students and staff can divert waste on campus. As part of this activity, we will also be talking about Sustainable Development Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production.

“Youth Development as the Cornerstone of Sustainable Development”

Time: 2:30-3:30
Location: (Virtual) Link to Join

This talk will focus on our UNSDG Youth Corps as part of our UN Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development in Georgetown in partnership with the Bunnelle Foundation.  The presentation will give an overview of the program, 4 student presentations on their work in professional careers and how they apply to sustainable development in Georgetown County, SC with a conclusion by Ph.D. Student Michelle Dzurenda and her thoughts on building youth leadership through education for sustainable development. Covers goals: 4, 8, 11, 13.

Tuesday, March 1

“Mapping the Gap: Visualizing Food Resources Needs to Address Community Food Insecurity.”

Time: 2-3 pm 
Location: (Virtual) Link to Join

Anthony Setari and Michelle Dzurenda will talk about their grant funded project in Georgetown County as part of our UN Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development in Georgetown, SC on food insecurity and a collective impact initiative to improve the gaps.

Campus Cleanup

Time: 2-3 p.m.
Location: Main Entrance to Hicks Dining Hall

Littering remains a real challenge in our world today. Littering pollutes our environment, it affects and can kill wildlife, it impacts our watershed, and isn’t aesthetically pleasing. Taking action through organized cleanups is one way that you can have an impact on your local community. Join Sustain Coastal in cleaning up a small area of campus. We will have all the supplies that you need! We will also be discussing several Sustainable Development Goals that are impacted by litter.


Wednesday, March 2

“SDG 7: Clean and Affordable Energy: Renewable Energy Market and Trends with the CCU Solar Ambassador Team and Dr. Dominique de Wit.”

Time: 12-1pm 
Location: (Virtual) Link to Join

This presentation will begin with an explanation of the importance of SDG 7 for sustainable development and the role of the Coastal Solar Ambassador team in that process. Dr. Dominique deWit will then talk about private industry trends and future trajectories of renewable energy with a global and regional perspective. 

Campus Green Tour

Time: 2-3 p.m.
Location: Main Entrance to Hicks Dining Hall

Do you ever wonder about how recycling and composting works on our campus? Or maybe you wish that you knew more about the construction or operations of our buildings, or where all of the beautiful plants are grown? Join Sustain Coastal for a stroll around campus, as we talk all things sustainability. We will visit a LEED building, show you how recycling and composting works on campus, visit the campus greenhouse, talk about infrastructure, transportation, and much more. As we move through each of these items on the tour we will link them to the Sustainable Development Goals.

You can also view other virtual events from across the globe here.

Questions about any of the above events can be directed to Darcy Coughlan at dcoughlan@coastal.edu