Campus Sustainability Month 2023

Past events include outdoor movie nights; transportation fairs; sales at the Botanical Gardens; sustainability-related seminars; campus cleanups; tree plantings student gatherings; and more.

For more information about Campus Sustainability Month, or to suggest an event, email

For past event examples, see the following announcements of previous week-long celebrations: 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021, and 2022.

Fall 2023 Events:

Fall Plant Sale Oct. 5-7, Parking Lot 5, near the Botanical Gardens

Three days of native plant sales in support of the UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens.  October 5 from Noon to 4 pm is Preview Day for Members and for UNC Charlotte students and staff.  October 6 and 7 are open to the general public.  For more details on times, location, plant lists, and member discounts, please visit the official website at

SOA Lecture: Germane Barnes Oct. 9 at 2 pm, Storrs, Boardman Auditorium

Germane Barnes examines how the built environment influences the social and cultural experience. Architecture presents opportunities for transformation – materially, conceptually and sociologically. Part of the David R. Ravin School of Architecture 2023-24 Lecture Series, New South meets Global South.  

Charlotte Harvest Exchange Oct. 11, 11 am to 1 pm, Belk Plaza

The Levine Scholars and Enactus introduce a farmer’s market series to the campus. Come get free produce and other fresh goods. Support the work of a local non-profit organization– the Bulb Mobile Markets– by bringing plastic grocery bags, berry containers, and egg cartons to donate (and receive cool merch).

Student Gathering Oct. 16, 6:15 pm to 8:15 pm, Student Union East Plaza

Learn about the student organizations that support sustainability efforts on campus and in the community. Learn about the student green fund, the Charlotte Green Initiative, and the types of projects they fund. There will be refreshments and activities.  

Golden Hack: Impact Weekend Oct. 20-22, PORTAL Building

The Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation hosts Golden Hack: Impact Weekend for students from all majors, backgrounds and levels of experience. Come together for a common focus- to learn, brainstorm and share ideas and creations. Collaborate in a low-stakes environment to design, develop and pitch ideas that solve real world problems. Expand your skill set while challenging yourself and networking with UNC Charlotte faculty and industry leaders. Challenge categories include: 1) Digital Transformation; 2) Sustainability; 3) Securing Cyberspace; and 4) Social Impact.

Schul Conversation: Mixed Income Housing and Place-Based Initiatives Oct. 26, 1:15 pm, Online

In this first Schul Conversation, a panel will discuss the elements that build community and connections in mixed-income housing and place-based initiatives, and why that matters, as well as examine the barriers to cross-class and cross-race relationships. This year’s Schul Forum series will explore the spaces where we connect in the Charlotte region, specifically asking how those spaces build community and facilitate relationships or create barriers to economic connectedness. For more details and to register for the event, visit the event webpage

Gratitude in the Gardens Oct. 29, 3-5 pm, Botanical Gardens, Bonnie Cone Gate

Silent, meditative walks through the Van Landingham Glen. A free program for adults and teens 13 and up; donations are recommended at $10, or a $5 donation for Gardens’ Members and UNC Charlotte staff. We encourage UNC Charlotte students to participate for free. Registration required to reserve a spot, event is limited to 20 people.  

Student Sustainability Summit Nov. 4, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Join the Office of Sustainability and student leaders to learn more about campus sustainability issues and initiatives. Stimulating speakers , refreshments, and facilitated brainstorming of solutions.


Charlotte Monarch Celebration Oct. 14, Reedy Creek Nature Preserve (2986 Rocky River Road, Charlotte, NC 28215)

A celebration on monarch butterflies and other pollinators. Learn how we can protect their habitats. Activities include crafts, seed giveaways, a monarch march around the pollinator garden, a photo booth with wings and other props and educational discussions about monarchs. 

Biketoberfest Oct. 22, Noon to 6:30 pm, Triple C Brewing, 2900 Griffith Street, Charlotte, NC

A family-friendly urban adventure benefitting Sustain Charlotte. This scavenger hunt-style walk-or-bike event welcomes participants to collect stamps at local businesses along the route for chances to win prizes! For pricing and to register, visit