Volume 78, Issue 16
February 23, 2007

Save Energy & Win Breakfast in Bed

BY PATRICK CLANCY
Elm Staff Writer

How does breakfast in bed sound for a grand prize?

The Student Environment Alliance (SEA) will be having another George Goes Green competition among WC dorms to promote energy conservation.

Who needs a light on in an empty bathroom?

That is what senior and SEA member Shannon Holste asked as she organized this campus wide event.

"We saved the school about $4,000 last year with the competition," Holste said.

Aside from the "George Goes Green" competition, the SEA has other goals as well.

"The real goal is to increase [environmental] awareness on campus and make it easier for people to incorporate energy conservation into their daily lives," Holste explained.

The SEA is also currently promoting the Green Pledge. Holste said, "It includes the ten simple actions that you can take, and we are hoping that by asking people to sign the pledge they see the simple things you can do in your life to be sustainable."

The campaign is being run almost completely by the students.

"To be completely honest we haven't specifically asked them for funding because we probably wouldn't get it," Holste explained. "At other colleges they receive initiatives from the administrations as opposed to coming from students, so we're rather unique in that aspect."

The administration has failed to fulfill the SEA's request to have the buildings on campus LEED certified. LEED stands for Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design. To be certified, buildings go through a documentation process to show that they are sustainable.

"It is basically what you do to show that your building is having the least possible effect on the environment," Holste explained.

The SEA recognizes the importance of involving more students in this campaign. To do this, they plan on holding several promotional events.

They have also formed a Facebook group to promote the "Green Pledge."

"The central mission is to directly involve the college in the stewardship of the land and water," Holste said.