Second Annual Zero Waste Week at NYU, Opportunity to Reduce Waste And Create Art

While environmentally conscious college folk might wish the trash we throw away magically disappears into an inconsequential abyss, it often times ends up in places harmful to our environment, like the bottom of the ocean or an animal’s stomach. This is why NYU’s Office of Sustainability is raising awareness about the issue of waste by hosting its second annual Zero Waste Week from November 9-16.

In the name of environmental and ecological conscientiousness, the Office of Sustainability will host events around campus throughout the week, including an art exhibit, to raise awareness to the issue of waste.

Zero Waste Week challenges the community to think deeply about the environmental consequences of waste and to reduce the amount we create. Participants will be challenged to physically carry the waste they create throughout the week.

In addition, all current members of the NYU community are invited to submit works of art that deal with issues of waste.

Original works of art can be visual commentaries on waste through any medium (oils, watercolors, drawings, pastels, sculpture, photography, or film to name a few), and can use recycled materials. Each submission will be reviewed by a panel and “judged on the interpretation of the theme and the creativity in materials used.” Those who submit and are selected by the panel will be awarded Campush Cash from the Office of Sustainability.

Each person can submit up to two artworks to with the subject line: “Zero Waste Week Exhibit Submission.” The deadline to submit your artwork is November 1, and you will be notified if it is accepted into the exhibit by November 3.

The art exhibit’s opening reception will be on Monday, November 13 from 5–7 p.m. in the Kimmel Center Commuter Lounge, 2nd Floor. The exhibit will be on display for the entirety of Zero Waste Week, November 9–16. For more information and submission guidelines, check out the website.

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