WVU celebrates National Campus Sustainability Day
Published: Thursday, October 27, 2011
Updated: Thursday, October 27, 2011 00:10
In celebration of National Campus Sustainability Day, the West Virginia University Student Government Association encouraged students to "Bleed Gold and Live Green" Wednesday.
SGA facilitated several booths across campus where students had the opportunity to learn more about sustainability through engaging in an interactive game, winning prizes and signing the sustainability pledge.
"Campus Sustainability Day is a day for us to celebrate the efforts we have already made and to highlight those," said SGA Green Ambassador Isabelle Shepherd. "Sustainability should always be present in the minds of students and faculty."
SustainU provided T-shirts at the event. The organization is a Morgantown-based apparel company that supports sustainability by creating clothing made out of 100 percent recycled materials.
SGA Governor Zach
Redding said the event was a fun way to spread
awareness across campus about the need for sustainability efforts.
"We want to make
students aware that if you don't take care of your environment, it's going to go away," Redding said.
Freshman pre-psychology student Mercedes Cunningham said though
she makes an effort to live a green lifestyle, the events helped encourage her to continue her efforts.
"It encouraged me to keep doing what I've been doing," Cunningham said. "I've been doing a good job so far."
Senior exchange student and foreign language education student Jacinto Pizano said he took the Sustainability Pledge
because it's something he's passionate about and feels should be stressed more.
"When you have something so
important, such as the environment, things like this should be promoted more," Pizano said.
Shepherd said she encourages students to visit http://wecan.wvu.edu for more resources on how they can improve their sustainability efforts.
The WVU Environmental Conservation Awareness Now program is a University initiative designed to promote sustainability efforts through the University. WECAN strives to educate students on sustainable practices and incorporate a green lifestyle in its operations and business processes.