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University of Richmond Sustainability Advocates

URSA is a peer education program dedicated to building community around sustainability and making a positive impact on campus. Through URSA, students gain leadership and peer education skills, increase their knowledge of sustainability, and get to know other students passionate about sustainability.

Each week, URSA will meet for activities like watching documentaries, volunteering at campus events, hearing from sustainability professionals, or creating sustainable repurposed crafts. Students are invited to attend one event or attend them all, there is no required attendance and no formal application to join the group. Explore all the events for Spring 2018 below and contact URSA coordinators Paige Dunlap and Harleen Bal with any questions.

Spring 2018 URSA Events

January 17: Cocoa + The Story of Stuff

8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Westhampton Center, Living Room 101

Start the semester off right with a cup of hot cocoa by a warm fire and a free screening of "The Story of Stuff", a short movie about all the stuff we love and what happens to it when we don't want it anymore. Hosted by URSA (University of Richmond Sustainability Advocates), this will be a chance to hang out and learn about ways we can Rethink Waste and reduce our environmental impact on campus. RSVP optional through Facebook.

January 26: Friday Night Lights Out + Pizza

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Tyler Haynes Commons, 305

Did you know that if someone leaves the lights on in a classroom Friday afternoon, they could stay on and waste energy all weekend? URSA wants to make sure that doesn't happen at UR. Join University of Richmond Sustainability Advocates on Friday the 26 to turn lights out in classrooms and put up helpful "lights out" stickers. After the lights are out, we'll meet up again for pizza. RSVP optional through Facebook.

February 1: Rethink + Roll Out

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Tyler Haynes Commons, 305

Come hang out with URSA and transform recycling in one building on campus. On February 1, we'll be rolling out Rethink Waste with new signs and stickers in an entire building. These signs are new and improved, and with your help hanging them, we can increase our recycling rate on campus and send fewer items to landfills.

February 8: Environmental Film Festival + Here's to Flint

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Ukrop Auditorium

It's that time of year again, the Richmond Environmental Film Festival is coming to campus! Join URSA (University of Richmond Sustainability Advocates) as we attend a free screening of "Here's to Flint", a documentary about the contamination of water in Flint, Michigan and the residents' responses following the crisis. RSVP optional on Facebook

February 15: Recycled Crafts + No-Sew T-Shirt Bags

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Tyler Haynes Commons 346

We all have those t-shirts that we don't want to wear, but can't seem to part with. Instead of throwing them away, join URSA (University of Richmond Sustainability Advocates) for a craft night and transform your old t-shirts into reusable bags for groceries, shopping, and more. No sewing required. RSVP optional through Facebook.

February 24: RecycleMania Basketball Game + Volunteer

5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Robins Center

As part of a nationwide challenge, University of Richmond will be competing in RecycleMania this spring. During the basketball game against Saint Joseph's on the 24, the University will provide composting and extra recycling at the game so that as much waste as possible can be kept out of the landfill. Join URSA (University of Richmond Sustainability Advocates) and the Office for Sustainability as a volunteer to cheer on the Spiders and help educate people about which bin to place their items in. 

March 7: Spring Break Clothing Swap + Donation

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Tyler Haynes Commons Hanging Lounge

Get a fresh look for Spring Break and do some spring cleaning at the same time. Join URSA (University of Richmond Sustainability Advocates) for a pre-Spring Break clothing swap. Come drop off usable clothing you no longer want and pick out something new to you. Please make sure all clothes have been washed before you donate them. Any leftover items will be donated to Goodwill. RSVP optional through Facebook.

March 20: E-Waste Movie Night

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Wilton Center, Multifaith Room

What happens to our phones, our laptops, our televisions when we don't want them anymore? How can toxic chemicals in electronics affect the environment? Join URSA (University of Richmond Sustainability Advocates) for a movie night where we'll watch a documentary about electronic waste and learn about what to do with e-waste on campus. RSVP optional through Facebook.

March 29: Sustainability World Cafe + Discussion

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Heilman Dining Center, Richmond Room B09

You're invited to join URSA for a discussion with Rob Andrejewski, UR's Director of Sustainability, as we talk about sustainability as a global issue and how students envision sustainability developing over the next few years at University of Richmond. Come with your wildest sustainability ideas to throw in the mix! RSVP optional through Facebook.

April 5: Sustainability Open Mic Night

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Westhampton Center, Living Room 101

Are you an artist, a musician, or a writer who creates in response to sustainability, justice, or the environment? We want to hear from you. Come to URSA's open mic night for a chance to share your work and hear from other like-minded students on campus. Whether you're a pro, a beginner, or an appreciative spectator, we want you to take part. RSVP optional through Facebook.

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