Volume 79, Issue 6
October 19, 2007

Newsweek Publication Names WC "Sexiest In Sustainability"

BY LEAH GANSE
News Editor

Alumnae Christina Bell '07, Shannon Holste '07, and Emily Richardson '07 were pictured in the shower together on the cover of the campus magazine Newsweek Current.

Thanks to these women, Washington College has earned the title of "Sexiest in Sustainability."

The cover story, titled, "Shower with Your Roomie, and 33 More Ways You Can Save the Planet," focused on Washington College's increasing efforts towards sustainability, especially with regard to the George Goes Green program.

"I'm thrilled," said Holste about the cover story. "When we started George Goes Green we weren't sure it was going to take off at all, and then for it to skyrocket as it did was incredible."

Newsweek contacted Holste via College Relations. After she was interviewed, Holste drove to Philadelphia with Bell and Richardson for the photo shoot.

"We weren't sure we were going to be on the cover," said Holste. "There was an art director and a make-up artist...it was quite an experience to be a model for the day. We joked around that we felt like we were on 'Top Model,'" she added.

So what does it feel like to be labeled "Sexiest in Sustainability" by Newsweek?

"It just kind of fits," Holste said. She cited last year's photo competition for George Goes Green as an example.

"We thought, what's going to catch the attention of a lot of students? The answer seemed kind of obvious. Our photos were kind of risqué...people half naked in the library and guys running around in their boxer shorts," Holste said.

Everything was done in the name of sustainability, however, even the suggestion to shower with your roommate. "I think a lot of people had that idea before," Holste said. "I brought that idea with me from my first college and we continued it at WAC," she said.

When asked about the current status of WC sustainability, Holste said, "They're getting on track. It's always a difficult question because a lot of colleges have been on track since 1990."

Holste pinpointed President Tipson's arrival to Washington College as a turning point in WC's green efforts.

"It's most important that the President signed the carbon neutral pledge. He's now committed us to going forward," she said.

Holste also added, "It was a slow start, but there's been administrative support in terms of Dining Services and Buildings and Grounds being more than willing to listen and be cooperative."

She said that smaller efforts, like renovating old dorms with environmentally friendly appliances and light bulbs, are the behind the scenes efforts that can really make a difference.

Holste did point out one flaw of the cover story, however.

"One of the things that bothered us about the article is that it didn't really give credit to other people who worked on the campaign - SEA, Emily and Cristina, they were definitely fundamental. There are a lot of people that have been working on it, and we couldn't have done it without their help," she said.