Hungry students en route to the GSU were pleasantly intercepted by the “tent city” set up in the GSU plaza for the second annual sustainability@BU Festival, on Thursday. In an effort to enlist followers of the green trend, on-campus reps from the Student Sustainability Network talked to students about how they can reduce their ecological footprint and make Boston University a more environmentally savvy school.
The sustainability@BU initiative encourages the community to make a difference, starting with baby steps. Representatives at Thursday’s event asked “terriers” to join the challenge by making their lives “greener” in one way or another. Every month, the program offers a different challenge for students to pledge. At the plaza this past week, students lined up to promise to reduce their impact by using a reusable coffee mug, provided to them, brand-new, by the sustainability interns on site. For the caffeine cravers on campus, “Sustainability” asks, “did you know that by using your own coffee cup, you will reduce your CO2 emissions by a total of 1.25 lbs in one week?”
In the shadow of “Join the Challenge” and the weekly Farmer’s Market, clubs and vendors that follow the eco-friendly trend also set up shop; ZipCar, Goodwill, the Geography and Environment Department, and Urban Adventures, to name a few.
The festival included more than just the plaza happenings. Students were given the chance to join the conversation about global sustainability with “Levers for Change,” a panel discussion about moving towards a more sustainable society, lead by Dean Elmore and Professors Cutler Cleveland (CAS) and Kristen McCormack (SMG).