NDSU Students Recognize Campus Sustainability Day
Student environmental advisory council to host campus-wide cleanup event
Published: Monday, October 22, 2012
Updated: Monday, October 22, 2012 15:10
College students across the nation are taking action to promote environmental sustainability.
The NDSU Student Environmental Advisory Council (SEAC) will host a campus-wide cleanup event in honor of Campus Sustainability Day on Wednesday.
Campus Sustainability Day is recognized nationally each year at various colleges in the United States. This day is dedicated to action and reflection on the sustainability movement in higher education. This year marks the tenth annual Campus Sustainability Day, but this is the first year NDSU has recognized the day.
Ann Podoll, vice president of SEAC, said the purpose of Campus Sustainability Day is to question how higher education is preparing students for changing climate, economy and society.
“Sustainability is about maintaining at a certain level the things that we have now,” Podoll said. “The cleanup event was created to get awareness.”
While participants in the event clean up trash around campus, members of SEAC will also lead conversations about sustainability and recycling.
“It will be education along with physically helping the environment,” Podoll said.
The SEAC cleanup event will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday. The group will meet in E visitor log, south of Sudro. Bags will be provided, and participants are encouraged to bring gloves. Students, staff, faculty and friends are welcome to participate.
Podoll said it is important for college students to take action for improving their environment.
“It starts now,” she said.
Podoll said recycling is also a key component of environmental sustainability. Recycling promotes sustainability by not using as much resources, energy or money, she explained.
“It’s a simple thing,” Podoll said. “People don’t realize what they can recycle, or they thing it’s too hard.”
She mentioned that NDSU does the least amount of recycling between the Tri-Colleges. SECA is currently trying to get more recycling bins around campus.
In addition to promoting recycling, SECA recently continued its Adopt-A-Lot program. Similar to adopt-a-highway, this program allows organizations to commit to keeping a campus parking lot clean throughout the year. So far, over a dozen organizations have shows interest in the program, Podoll said.
Some people who enjoy recycling or desire to take an active role in environmental sustainability may not know others who have the same priorities.
“This event will be a good chance to get to know other people on campus who have the same interests as you,” Podoll said.