University of Vermont

Students on the Lawn

UVM Students Make Green Pledges During Earth Week

by Mieko A. Ozeki, M.S., A.L.M, Former Sustainability Projects Coordinator

Last week, UVM's Eco-Reps organized a tabling event in the Davis Center to kick start the Follow the Leaf campaign. Influenced by the Rainforest Alliances' Follow the Frog campaign, the Eco-Reps worked with two students, Matt Lipke (director) and Sam Lucci (actor), to produce a short video to promote the Eco-Options label.

As reported by senior Eco-Reps, Teresa DiTore:

In residential halls and in the Davis Center, the Eco-Reps placed 'eco-option' stickers on choices that are more sustainable. For example, next to used books in the bookstore, next to Local Food options in the Marketplace, and next to the 'Brights Option' on laundry machines in the dorms.

Photo taken by Teresa DiTore

During the event, we had students sign pledge leaves with sustainable choices they pledge to make. In addition to many 'turn off the water while brushing my teeth,' 'compost,' and 'take shorter showers,' here are a few more creative examples:

  • Dry my clothes without a dryer - Yay clotheslines!
  • Smile and help the planet every way I can everyday
  • Use hairspray cans without aerosols
  • Facilitate a child's love for nature
  • Grow all of my greens this summer
  • Buy eco-ware next year

Overall, we had over 150 students stop by and sign pledges. We also gave away cookies to students that answered questions correctly about being 'Green' on campus.