Low Impact Week!

emilymartin

Making s'mores at the campfire in back circle on Monday night!

Making s’mores at the campfire in back circle on Monday night!

This week included one of the coolest events I’ve ever gotten to participate in while at Transy. And there have been lots of cool events.

This week, our campus environmental organization TEAL (check them out on Facebook here!) hosted a brand-new event, Low Impact Week.

The purpose of the event was to encourage everyone to find ways to reduce the impact that they make on the environment. Everyone that participated could sign a “pledge card” with what changes they planned to make for the 3-day event.

The eco-pledges ranged from taking shorter showers to going totally “off the grid” and not using any technology.

One of the defining parts of Low Impact Week was a camp-out in Back Circle! Anyone who wanted to could bring a tent and a sleeping bag and camp out for two nights this week! Which was really impressive that so many people did, since it was a little rainy and it got down to 40 degrees!

As someone who is passionate about the environment, I was thrilled that this event took place. But I was more excited that such a big event took off from being entirely student-run.

Look at all these eco-pledges Transy students posted in front lobby of Forrer Hall!

Look at all these eco-pledges Transy students posted in front lobby of Forrer Hall!

The event was largely the brain-child of my friend Luke, who coordinated much of the event with TEAL. And even though he’s a self-proclaimed hippie, they made this event something that people with any interest/comfort level with environmental issues could participate in.

Here's my eco-pledge! And I survived the week successfully!

Here’s my eco-pledge! And I survived the week successfully!

All week, I’ve heard people talk about changes they’ve made specifically because it was Low Impact Week — even people who I thought had no interest in the environment.

People took the stairs instead of the elevator, turned the lights off when they left their room, and printed their homework double-sided.

These are all simple changes that still lessen your impact on the environment.

And that was the point of the week. Not to convince anyone about global warming or lecture people about recycling. But to learn what changes are possible and to think more about the actions we take everyday.

Some of the tents for the Low Impact Week camp out!

Some of the tents for the Low Impact Week camp out!

Low Impact Week became much bigger than a group of friends camping out. Our dining services office catered a meal outside. Professors spoke about what sustainability means to them. And local businesses donated food.

So whatever you’re interested in — whether it’s the environment or music or politics or video games — you have the opportunity at Transy to share your passions. Not just by creating an organization. But by working with the university to create an event that gets everyone talking. And thinking.

We're lucky to have so many musically talented students -- and their playing was a great distraction from the cold weather.

We’re lucky to have so many musically talented students — and their playing was a great distraction from the cold weather.

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