Along with initiatives seen around the world, Ashland University is “Going Green” in hopes for a better environment. Though recycling is the most visible form of this movement, Ashland University is working hard to promote a more sustainable living in many different facets. One of these events is Earth Week, held at Ashland University the first full week in April.
These initiatives are being carried out through Sarah Muse, Recycling Intern, and Peggy Kohler, Director of Building Services, along with the help of the Recycling Department, which Kohler oversees, and the Green Team at Ashland University. Earth week at Ashland University will be held several weeks earlier than the National Earth Week due to on-campus conflicts and the rush of end-of-the-semester work.
For Earth Week 2011, activities have been planned to teach others about the importance of going green and the implementation of the green movement. Some of the programs include a Green Fashion Show and emissions testing. In addition to these on-campus drives, local elementary schools will participate in a poster contest to be displayed at the Fashion Show.
“The poster contest should promote an awareness of sustainability along with fostering teamwork within the classroom,” Kohler said. The contest is a way of reaching out to the community during the celebration of Earth Week. The hope is that generations will follow the progress of today’s sustainability as they grow older.
A Green Fashion and Art show will be taking place on Wednesday, April 6, at Ashland University’s Redwood Center. Fashion Merchandising and Theatre Costume Design students will be entering outfits they have made using recycled materials. This is the second year the fashion show will be held.
With this year’s theme being “Revive,” models on the runway will be sporting reused and recycled garments. Designers will coordinate affordable yet stylish outfits that are eco-friendly in the process of “going green.” Clothing will then be donated to Associated Charities and The Pump House in Ashland. Every student on campus is invited participate in the fashion show. Even President of Ashland University Dr. Fred Finks is designing for the show.
“We want to see how creative the students here at Ashland can be. There’s no better way to spread awareness than by using recycled and reused materials to create wearable outfits,” said Muse. With more than 200 in attendance at last year’s event, the Green Fashion Show is likely to be one of the highest attended events during Ashland University’s Earth Week.
Emissions testing will be take place on Thursday, April 7. Students will bring their cars to an on-campus parking lot where tube socks will be used to test the emissions of his/her car. The student with the fewest emissions will receive a gas card while the student with the highest vehicle emissions will receive a tune-up of his or her car.
In addition to these activities, it should be remembered that the “going green” movement is a constant effort and Green Team activities are held regularly. Recycling bins are seen around campus and are located in every building on campus. The Ashland University Recycling Department is celebrating its 20th anniversary and countless students and members of the community have contributed to its success over the years.
Students are encouraged to get information about “going green” on the Ashland University Go Green Facebook page. This page is updated daily and alerts students to events and volunteer opportunities in the area. Information about the planned events during Earth Week is posted on this site.
Muse and Kohler hope that the special events held during Earth Week are motives for all to become more aware of the importance of taking care of our environment.
Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.