Students celebrate Earth day with campus activities
Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012
Earth Day was celebrated on campus by students from North and South Housing during a beautiful Sunday afternoon in Southfield. These students learned how to make sustainable products out of old materials lying around their rooms, and then spent time beautifying the campus on April 22.
Earth Day gives us the opportunity to channel energy into not only helping the community, but also into thinking about the challenges that we face in America and in the world.
In the South Housing Lobby, Student Recycling Coordinator Sean Allen taught almost 50 students how to make sustainable products out of old clothing, beverage boxes, and recycled paper. Some of these creations were bracelets, earrings, and sketchbooks. “The overall goal was to [not only] influence the student body to recycle, but to understand how to make it a lifestyle,” Allen explained.
Allen mentioned that it is important to be aware of the things we use daily and try not to be wasteful. His workshop showed students an easy and creative way to recycle. Interesting products can be made that cost almost nothing compared to buying them at the store. Creating these products was a great way to work with materials that are on hand.
Since the campus lies within the watershed of the River Rouge, it is extremely important to protect the plants and animals in the region. To cap off the Earth Day celebration, Resident Assistants Abby Schroeder and Jill Koenigsknecht organized a crew of students to pick up trash by Evans Creek along Ten Mile Road. “It was great to spend Earth Day outdoors volunteering to clean up,” Schroeder explained. “In less than an hour, we had picked up all of the trash. If everyone gave a little bit of time, we could continue to make a huge impact on the community we live in.”
The idea stemmed from a program in which students were able to calculate their individual carbon footprints. The cleanup was a continuation of a desire that students had to help make a difference for the world they live in.
As Dean of Students Kevin Finn proudly explained, “It is awesome to see how active and committed our students are to issues related to sustainability and the betterment of our earth.”