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Green Quad

Calendar of Events

Check out the list below for an example of some of our many programs and events!


Typical Green Quad Events

Welcome to Green Quad!  Come out and have dinner with us and meet other Green Quad folks on the first Friday of each semester!

Columbia has some beautiful local areas perfect for short hikes: Saluda River, Columbia Canal, and Congaree National Park.

Learn about Green Quad facilities, Sustainable Carolina activities, clubs on campus, and USC student support systems.

A Green Quad tradition, this monthly service project sees us visit the local Rocky Branch Creek which flows through the middle of campus and pick up litter.  Boots, gloves, buckets and pickers provided!

What will farming look like in 100 years?  Hydroponics, aeroponics, aquaponics, and automation systems are up and running and on display in the Learning Center for Sustainable Futures on the Green Quad grounds!

Get out in nature with an overnight camping trip!  Climbing, canoeing, campfire, and chili.

Each year we celebrate the Autumnal and Vernal Equinox with an outdoor festival!  Food trucks, games, giveaways, music, and free plants!

Discussions about sustainability technology topics over a nice meal.  Solar, nuclear, biomass, and more!

Head to the coast to explore and learn about ecosystems around the Baruch Research Institute near Georgetown, SC.

Monthly informal events with Green Quad staff.  Coffee & Cake, Coke & Cookies, Campfire & Cobbler

Enjoy dinner with invited guests to discuss various sustainability topics including: eating from the garden, City of Columbia climate change policy, earthships, and more!

What makes yoga better?  Yorkies!  Tinkerbell and Max (Dr. Gatzke's dogs) will sometimes make an appearance at Green Quad Yoga nights!

Earth Day gives us a chance to have an end of year celebration and recognize our Green Quad Scholars as a capstone to the year!

Head out to Lake Columbia for some kayaking and boating fun.

Deep-dive discussion on sustainability topics like the Aral Sea disaster.

Live and learn together!  Take courses with other Green Quad Students: University 101, ENGL 101, and MATH 111.

Talk with a grad student about classes, careers, and getting around at USC.

Enjoy the Green Quad Lounge with games, movies, and art projects!


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