By Sidney Nimmons

CLEMSON — Clemson University’s President’s Commission on Sustainability, in partnership with Healthy Campus and Students for Environmental Action, will host a series of lunchtime discussions about environmental issues. The Sustainability Café will begin at noon Wednesday, Sept. 1, in Clemson’s Hendrix Student Center meeting room A.

The first host for the Sustainability Café will be Ben Sill, chairman of the President’s Commission on Sustainability. The debut topic will be the university’s carbon footprint and efforts to eliminate it.

The forums are free and open to the public, and participants are invited to bring a brown-bag lunch. The series of presentations will be at noon every Wednesday throughout the semester. Each week, a different host will introduce the topic, followed by 50 minutes of small-group discussions on how the topic relates to Clemson’s campus. The goal of the series of café discussions is to develop a network of people interested in environmental research and advocacy, said Healthy Campus Director Jennifer Goree.

The President's Commission on Sustainability is charged with creating a plan to make the university carbon-neutral

Healthy Campus partners with student organizations and faculty and staff members to promote and produce an environment that encourages the physical, mental, social and ecological health of everyone on campus. Part of the Division of Student Affairs, Healthy Campus looks to contribute to the university’s goal of becoming a top-20 institution by creating the most-healthy student body.