Going Green

Engineering affirms commitment to environment

Purdue celebrated its first Green Week September 15 to 19 with a series of activities around campus designed to bring attention to sustainability issues.

Events ranged from the Alternative Transportation Challenge, encouraging members of the Purdue community to seek environmentally friendly ways to commute, to a litter cleanup along the Wabash River. Football fans got into the act, too, recycling 5,600 pounds of materials from their trash before, during, and after the Purdue–Central Michigan game. The weeklong celebration of the environment concluded with a lecture by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Thomas Friedman.

Friedman came to campus to discuss his recently published book, Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution—and How It Can Renew America.

“Tom Friedman has won three Pulitzer Prizes for his work with the New York Times and is one of our country’s foremost journalists on energy and how it has affected our foreign policy. He is one of the world’s preeminent commentators on international affairs,” says event organizer E. Daniel Hirleman, the William E. and Florence E. Perry Head of the School of Mechanical Engineering.

Green Week was organized by the College of Engineering, including its Division of Environmental and Ecological Engineering, Global Engineering Program, and the School of Mechanical Engineering, as well as Purdue’s Center for the Environment, Energy Center, Office of the Provost, and the Purdue Climate Change Research Center.

-Linda Thomas Terhune