Creative for a Cause

04.23.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

In the last couple of weeks you may have seen a lot of new activity on campus. Maybe you’ve seen a variety of list serves or posters proclaiming the “Grab the Green” week, or maybe you wandered over to the Sustainability Fair on the quad. Have you participated in the Meatless Mondays and composting or learned about the Real Food Challenge? Have your peers talked to your class about Hydraulic Fracturing in West Virginia? Anyone notice the new shower heads, heard about Fossil Fuel Divestment, or the Green kits for the incoming freshmen?

These are just some of the ways in which the Stonehill Community has been exposed to being creative for a cause. By using creative methods to bring awareness to environmental issues we as a community are working towards creating a more sustainable campus. But more importantly we are working towards creating more conscientious individuals who have learned to be creative to make a difference. Our efforts here on campus can have wide reaching effects in other communities, and countries all over as we take what we learn here to go out and explore the world. All it takes is a little bit of creativity and motivation to make a difference.

The results of creative and motivated individuals/groups can be seen throughout campus even by those who are less aware of the issues that are being addressed.  Even the most unaware individual on campus has some idea what measures are being taken to make Stonehill more sustainable. All they have to do is look around! The reduction of our carbon footprint, water, electricity and consumer waste, as well as the promotion of the benefits of local food, sustainable living, and going green, can be seen everywhere. Everything from Grab the green week, Meatless Mondays, the Sustainability Fair, the Real Food Challenge,  Fossil Fuel Divestment, to composting, the new shower heads and the West Virginia presentations shows the ways in which Stonehill is getting creative. And I, for one, am glad to be a part of it!

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