Teaching Dollars & Sense

William E. Lewis, distinguished lecturer in finance at KU, teaches a personal finance course that addresses fiscal topics traditionally tied to college life — budgeting, paying bills, renting an apartment — but also helps students prepare for tasks that lie ahead — saving for retirement, investing, buying a home. Watch video »

Sustainability spotlight

Earth Day every day this month

During the month of April, student organizations and departments across campus have been collaborating to host an array of events addressing issues of sustainability. In celebration of Earth Day — April 22 — workshops, speakers and displays will emphasize education, awareness and actions to help members of the campus community live more sustainably.

Featured events taking place on Earth Day include: • The KU Student Rain Garden Planting: After nearly two years of dedicated planning and design work by students, the KU Student Rain Garden will be planted at the Ambler Student Recreation Fitness Center. Following a special presentation at 10 a.m., volunteers will plant more than 2,500 native plants that will help reduce storm water runoff. Faculty, staff, students and community members are invited to attend the morning event and assist with planting throughout the day.

• Coca-Cola Earth Day Celebration: As one of only five universities in the nation to be selected for Coca-Cola’s comprehensive recycling pilot program, KU will host the company’s recycling education vehicle on the Kansas Union Plaza throughout the day. The vehicle travels throughout the United States, educating consumers about recycling and features recycling trivia, games, rewards for recycling participation, TV monitors featuring educational videos, music/commercials and DIRECTV satellite feeds and a wide selection of Coke products.

• Choose to Reuse: Beginning on Earth Day, KU Dining Services will be offering reusable 24 ounce sports bottles for sale at a number of campus retail locations. As part of this promotion, the department will be donating 50 cents of each sale to the KU Center for Sustainability to help support its efforts on campus. Reusable tote bags will also be available and will be free for all KU Dining guests who purchase combo meals at any of the department’s self-branded concepts. To encourage the continued use of the bag in support of our environment, KU Dining Services will offer a 10 cent discount to all returning guests who use the bag to carry their purchases, with a special 10 percent discount on Mondays as well.

• Toward Sustainability of Energy, Water and Land through a Whole Community Approach: John Randolph, author of “Energy for Sustainability” and professor and chair of urban affairs and planning at Virginia Tech University, will deliver the Earth Day lecture at 7:30 p.m. in the Spencer Museum of Art Auditorium. His presentation will explore a vision for communities, addressing sustainability of our three most important resources - energy, water and land - and build on a concept of the sustainable or whole community.

For a complete listing of other sustainability-themed activities taking place throughout the week, visit the Center For Sustainability's Web site.

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