Among many events and initiatives that Creighton Students Union worked on this summer, the implementation of sustainability on campus were the most abundant.
Sustainability initiatives that started at the beginning of this school year include the elimination of single-use plastic bags from campus. Instead, students have the option to receive a free, reusable bag. Other changes included the option for students to pick up and use a Green Box sustainable meal container.
The plans for sustainability initiatives did not stop with the beginning of school. CSU is also planning their first Farmer’s Market to take place over Family Weekend on Sept. 20 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. in Anderson Plaza.
According to Donna Shahbazi, president of CSU, the market is a sustainability initiative from the Board of Representatives in which fresh and organic food from local vendors will be brought to campus.
Shahbazi said that the organization is also continuing to push forward the asks of the Creighton Climate Justice movement.
“One of those asks is that the University divest their endowment from the fossil fuel industry. Members on our Board of Representatives are writing a Divestment Referendum that will be up for an internal CSU vote this month,” she said.
Engagement with the community is another theme among many CSU upcoming events.
An event previously known as JayWalk, now named the Jesuit Classic, will be taking place September 21 at 9:00 a.m.
Hosted annually, this philanthropic event will be a 4v4 basketball tournament with participants from Creighton as well as the Jesuit Academy of Omaha.
Focusing on student safety, CSU also launched the Night Owl initiative.
This initiative designates departure times from the library, 11:00 p.m. and 1:00 a.m., for students to congregate together ten minutes beforehand and leave as a group of students to walk back to residence halls instead of walking alone. Shahbazi said that Creighton Public Safety officers will be in attendance when available.
Other upcoming events include Homecoming Week, the first Creighton Mission Week: “Dear World” and a Housing Fair.
For more information on these events, or to keep up with CSU throughout the semester, follow their page on the CUInvolved website.