Posted: October 9, 2008
On Tuesday, September 30, students joined the Mount Holyoke Green Partners outside Blanchard Campus Center to celebrate "Lick It Green," a fall event that exposes students to a wide range of environmental stewardship departments and activities on campus. While enjoying ginger or "green" mint chocolate-chip flavored ice cream, students explored the various informational tables, posters, and activities displayed by the Green Partners.
Students and faculty alike were able to interact with the Green Partners made up of the Botanic Garden, Center for the Environment, Environmental Studies, Environmental Action Coalition, Five College Energy, Five College Recycling, Garden Society, and the Office of Environmental Health and Safety, and learn how they can help Mount Holyoke further reduce its ecological footprint and remain at the forefront of sustainable practices.
"Lick It Green" activities included pedaling to supply bike-energy for the music and a recycling game that tested students' knowledge of what can and cannot be recycled at MHC. Todd Holland, the Five College energy manager, brought "bike power" to actively demonstrate how much energy is required to power a stereo. His table also featured a raffle to win a 25-foot string of LED holiday lights or a "smart" power strip that automatically shuts down "vampire" loads from support devices when a main device is turned off.
Students could also talk with members from two student organizations, the Environmental Action Coalition and the Garden Society, regarding projects and campaigns. The Center for the Environment's table displayed its upcoming talks and film screenings, such as writer Terry Tempest Williams, who will come to campus October 21 to discuss her newest book Finding Beauty in a Broken World. The Office of Environmental Health and Safety's Nancy Apple displayed two posters that described the Focus the Campus initiative and explained Mount Holyoke's green buildings. Ellen Shukis from the Botanic Garden informed students of the tree preservation actions being taken on campus.
"Lick It Green," which celebrated its third year, hopes to become part of MHC tradition as the College's commitment to sustainability continues to grow.