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Sustainability Day set for Oct. 29

October 23, 2015

If you're looking for an inexpensive Halloween costume this year, join the sustainability festivities and create your own out of recycled materials.

The second annual Campus Sustainability Day celebration will be held 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Oct. 29 at Indiana State University's Hulman Memorial Student Union room 421 and the Community Garden House, 219 N. 11th St.

"I wanted something fun, something to celebrate the work done in order to raise awareness about sustainability at ISU," said Olivia Underwood, events coordinator for the university's Institute of Community Sustainability. "For Halloween, you see people spend lots of money on Halloween costumes. By reusing materials and creating your own mask for Halloween, it is free."

Underwood, a senior theatre major, has planned many activities for students and faculty to highlight sustainability on campus. Activities include "Weigh the Waste," "Lights, Camera, Fashion Recycled Fashion Show," "Eco-Rep Halloween Party" and more.

Underwood's interest in sustainability began in the university's Community Garden.

"I've always been interested in their garden. I just really like the idea of a community garden," Underwood said.

The garden plots are provided free, as are tools, water and sometimes seeds. Gardeners then donate 10 percent of their produce to a Terre Haute charity.

For efforts like the garden, Indiana State was selected the last three years in a row by the Princeton Review as one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada.

"By holding this celebration for sustainability, I see it as a calling out to the community saying you can do even more. This is a celebration for the initiatives we have all taken on this campus for sustainability," Underwood said.

For a schedule of events, go to or call 812-232-8502.


Media Contact: Olivia Underwood,

Writer: Libby Legett, media relations assistant, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-3773 or