The Story of Stuff by Annie Leonard

The Story of Stuff highlights the fact that people living in America just have way too many possessions. Author Annie Leonard raises the reader's awareness about the impact of possessions by sharing her many experiences and pointing out how having too much stuff can be very negative for our health because too much of what we have is toxic, and we don’t share it very well.

After sharing the reasons for the problems associated with having too much stuff, Leonard also challenges the reader to become part of the solution. It is the solutions that we are seeking to embrace this year at GSU. Rather than possessing more, we are challenged to become healthier, safer and more fair through our choices. With better choices we can create an environment based upon better not more, sharing not selfishness, and community rather than division.


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Thursday, October 23rd
11:00 AM

GSU Make a Difference Day

Governors State University Facilities
Governors State University Library
GSU Sustainability Club
Keeling Foundation
Vet Tech

Atrium of D Wing

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Learn about sustainability while interacting in fun activities and donating items that will make a difference in the lives of others. Donate small electronics that can be used to teach veterans how to restore electronics for future use. Working or broken is accepted. No televisions. Donate new or slightly used clothing that can be swapped out or donated to the local homeless shelter.

Donations accepted all day. Activities taking place 11:00 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Thursday, November 13th
7:30 AM

Post-Consumerism: Painted and Adaptively Reused Materials

Tiffany Gholar


7:30 AM

GSU Art Program alumni Tiffany Gholar gleans materials from our single-use, packaging-intense, throw-away culture and re-purposes them into colorful compositions. She will be talking about her work and two of her books, "Imperfect Things" and "Post-Consumerism" during an informal and fun artist's talk and book signing.

11:00 AM

Global Perspectives of Sustainability

Oras Tynnkynen


11:00 AM

Video conference presentation by Oras Tynkkynen, the vice chair of Finland Parliament's Committee for the Future. He also represents the Green Party in the Environment and the Transport and Communications Committees. He has served as climate policy specialist in the Prime Minister's Office, and was in charge of writing the government foresight report on climate and energy policy. He was recently named as Senior Advisor to Sitra, a fund operating directly under the Finnish Parliament that uses projects to introduce new ideas about good living, promote operational models that value people, and boost sustainable business.

This program highlights both the specific features of GSU's three learning themes - sustainability, global citizenship and civic engagement - as well as their interconnectedness.