On April 18th, 2013 UVM's Eco-Reps launched their "Follow the Leaf" campaign with a tabling event where passersby wrote out their eco-pledges and the group premiered a video to kick-off the campaign. 

UVM Eco Reps have labeled the "eco-option" across campus with a leaf logo. Choosing the eco-option is an easy way to ensure you're doing your part to live sustainably! Many of the leaves are in our dining halls, whether it be Brennan's, Eco-Ware at UVM or UVM Real Food Challenge

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.

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.