EVENTS YEAR 2016-2017
ECO Fest is the university's first showcase for student-driven, environmental organizations - brought to you by ECO. This O-Week-featured event gives students the opportunity to chat with environmentally-minded peers about different opportunities on campus.
Environmental Justice (EJ) Series
[throughout the year]
The EJ series brings in dialogue between students, faculty members, and guest speakers to raise awareness and spark ideas to better the community and the world. The events highlight various social and environmental issues through out the year.
ECO Leadership Summit
The annual ECO Leadership Summit is one of ECO’s largest and most important events of the academic year. It is the event that gathers Cornell’s community to discuss the environmental sustainability concerns that matter most to the Cornell student body. It is also the same event from which Cornell Environmental Collaborative was created three years ago. Because this is an event that aims to amplify the voices of Cornell’s students, ECO, with participant permission, collects, organizes and shares the ideas and goals brainstormed at the Leadership Summit with the Campus Sustainability Office (CSO) and President’s Sustainability Campus Committee (PSCC). The CSO and PSCC work tirelessly to then incorporate this student input into their future plans and initiatives. With Leadership Summit 2018, ECO hopes to do the accomplish the same and do so much more.
Ecouture Fashion Show
As a one of the highlights in the year, Ecouture brings together students passionate about fashion and sustainability to collaborate and put on a fashion show presenting ethical, and sustainable fashion solutions. Along with the runway show, performances by Cornell dance groups, a lightning round thrifting competition, henna, and a clothing swap, Ecouture is a night filled with food, fun, and fashion. This past year was a huge success with the funding from CUTonight.
Why Does It Matter?
In 90% of countries who export clothing to the U.S., workers' wages in the industry provide less than 30% of income needed for a living wage.
Americans throw away over 25 billion pounds of clothes each year, donating or recycling only 15%.
We buy 5x more clothing than we did 40 years ago.
Fashion as we know it comes at a high social and environmental cost, but does it have to be this way?
Spring Fest is Cornell's Earth Day Festival. The event features thousands of guests throughout the day, games, arts and crafts, a plant sale, Manndible Cafe snacks, a clothing swap, Emmy's Organics macaroons, and lively performances.
Interested in planning events like these? Contact our Co-facilitators, Mitchell Lee (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Brendon Brown (email@example.com), and Director of Events, Martha Williams (firstname.lastname@example.org)!