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Fontbonne Challenges Campus, St. Louis: What Is Sustainability?

This fall, Fontbonne University will turn a shade greener. And it invites the St. Louis community to do the same. The university kicked off its 91st academic year with a semester-long focus on sustainability, the theme of its fall Dedicated Semester, which is an annual campus- and community-wide concentration on a single topic. This year, events, opportunities and classes about sustainability include many open to the public, and Fontbonne wants St. Louis to get involved:

Thursday, Sept. 19, 4 p.m. — Dr. Jana Hawley, professor and department chair of textile and apparel management at the University of Missouri, talks about apparel sustainability in the 21st century and meeting the demands of the future. Free and open to the public. Location: Lewis Room, Jack C. Taylor Library

Monday, Nov. 4, 2 – 3 p.m. — Mark Glenshaw, Fontbonne staff member and blogger at, introduces guests to his years of research observing the Great Horned Owls of Forest Park. Free and open to the public. Location TBD.

Friday, Nov. 8, 1 – 2 p.m. — Mike Higgins, senior vice president, Hussman Refrigeration, discusses the focus this St. Louis business has on improving energy efficiency and reducing its own carbon footprint as well as that of its customers. Location TBD.

Friday, Nov. 8, 2 – 4 p.m. — Midwest Recycling Center will sponsor an electronic recycling event on Fontbonne’s campus, open to the local community. Bring your ancient computers, twisted cords, car phones and more, and recycle them safely and responsibly. Free and open to the public. Location: Southeast parking lot, off Big Bend Boulevard.

Learn more about the 2013 Dedicated Semester, and  view a full list of Dedicated Semester events and activities.

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