GoGreen Week started at NYU Shanghai in 2016, and has since grown into one of the university’s biggest annual events. The tradition has extended to NYU’s other portal campuses. From April 22 - 26, the NYU Shanghai Community took part in challenges, workshops, talks, and screenings designed to spread awareness and increase community engagement about environmental and sustainability issues. Students participating in the week-long GoGreen Challenge were encouraged to adopt a vegan or vegetarian diet. All week long, they had healthy meals, and shared photos of their cooking, like this rice, mushroom, and herb dish made by Tracy Lan ’22. As part of the challenge, they also rode bikes, sported reusable shopping bags, and brought their own mugs for beverages at the campus cafe. More than 20 students and faculty members have been actively working on the NYU Shanghai Urban Farm project. The campus farm grows produce and other plants for community use. The Urban Farm project recently added a second raised bed platform, which is currently home to these tiny tomato plants. During GoGreen Week, Sproutworks, the campus caterer, offered a free cookie to those who brought in reusable food containers, raised the price of bottled water to encourage using refillable bottles, provided drink discounts to customers who brought reusable mugs, and replaced plastic straws with paper ones. Sproutworks also introduced colorful sorting bins for trash and recyclables in the 2 floor cafe and in B1. The organic trash collected from this initiative was then used in the Urban Farm’s composting project. Interactive Media Arts hosted a DIY workshop in the cafeteria to teach students how to craft their own coin purses from plastic bags, using common household materials, origami, and an iron. Students melted shea butter, cocoa butter, and coconut oil to create their own lip balms and lotions at another DIY workshop. Students ventured off campus to check out Shanghai’s first ever vegetarian ‘MeatFest’ organized by non-profit advocacy brand Vegans of Shanghai, which showcased 100% plant-based meat alternatives--some which have been around China for over 1000 years. Left: Green Shanghai president Josh Jensen ’21 and Danielle Sanger ’19. Right: Cinny Lin ’22 poses in front of a food stall featuring vegetarian ham. Photo by Neil Patkar ’22. In an ongoing initiative to eliminate single-use plastic bottles from campus, Green Shanghai will soon be distributing free, high quality reusable water bottles to everyone on campus. The biodegradable bottles are made of rice husk, hold around 400ml of liquid, and can sustain temperatures from -20 to 120 degrees Celsius.