NIU Sugar Grove Event Sustainable Holiday Season Theme

Having a more sustainable holiday season is the focus of Northern Illinois University’s upcoming STEM Cafe program to be held Wednesday in Sugar Grove.

At the event, attendees can learn tips for creating a more sustainable holiday season from NIU Dean Bob Brinkmann, geologist, sustainability expert, and author of “Practical Sustainability: A Guide to a More Sustainable Life.”

The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Fireside Grille, 49 Sugar Lane in Sugar Grove. The event is free and open to the public, with food and beverages available for purchase at the Fireside Grille.

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“It’s the time of year when we all go crazy for being unsustainable — overeating, overshopping and all that,” Brinkmann said in a press release for the event. “So I’m going to try to help people develop a sustainability mindset to guide them through the holidays. I hope to show people how to focus more on fun and family.

For several years, Brinkmann has been sharing the challenges of sustainability to help people approach cooking, food, entertainment and gifting in a greener and more sustainable way, according to the release.

Last year, he focused on sustainability over the holiday season, developing a series of videos on topics such as managing gift shopping, greening holiday travel, and integrating sustainability in planning parties and holiday meals.

At the event in Sugar Grove, Brinkmann will share some of the tips he’s developed for the series and explain how small cumulative changes can make a big difference.

“I’m a big believer in the idea that if you change yourself, you change the world,” he said.

Northern Illinois University STEM coffee the events are designed to raise awareness of the essential role STEM fields play in our daily lives, according to the release. This event is offered in partnership with the NIU Alumni Association and made possible with support from Thermo Fisher Scientific and the Bayer Fund.

Jessica C. Bell