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Public Engagement

2020 – Present

Our goal is to engage with the greater University of Chicago community to increase understanding and interest in sustainability.

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Donuts and Divestment

In Winter Quarter 2022, we focused on spreading awareness of the divestment from fossil fuels movement at UChicago. We partnered with the Environmental Justice Task Force (EJTF) on their divestment campaign to create an educational speaker event, showcasing what divestment is, how divestment has worked at other institutions, and how it could be implemented at UChicago.

Donuts and Divestment had 5 virtual panelists (Rutgers University, UW Madison, Responsible Alpha, Stanford) and a PSI + EJTF moderator. Our panelists were very supportive of the campaign efforts so far and knowledgeable and ranged in terms of fields (professors, students, financial advisors), allowing for a varied perspective.

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How We Engage

In Person

Public Engagement hosts study breaks, workshops, and other events to connect the greater campus community to sustainability.


Pictured right is our 2019 Sustainable Holiday Workshop. We invited students to make ornament terrariums, seeded bookmarks, and recycled paper ornaments! Participants also learned how to wrap presents without tape. 


During the pandemic, we shifted our engagement to virtual initiatives on Instagram. Our weekly story and post series included:

  • Meet a Member Monday

  • Plant Tour Tuesday

  • Sustainability Sunday (Pictured Left)

  • Instagram Takeovers

Paint a Pot Movie Night

We hosted a Paint-a-Pot Movie Night in Autumn Quarter 2021, partnered with Kitchen Sink. We watched Fantastic Fungi, provided snacks, and gave out succulents and clay pots to paint, and Kitchen Sink provided the paint supplies.

Public Engagement and Kitchen Sink hand out painting supplies for the event. 

A painted pot from the event.

Our Channels

Follow us to see updates on our initiatives, meet our members, and learn about sustainability!
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Public Engagement members for the 2021-2022 academic year.