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Student Government helps UNO go Green


Published: Sunday, January 26, 2014

Updated: Sunday, January 26, 2014 14:01

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Photo by Joe Shearer/ The Gateway

Senior Class Senator Anna Berg, right, hands out free reusable water bottles and explains University water-conservation and recycling efforts to students.

Student Government held its first ever Green Week last week. Green Week was held to raise awareness about sustainability and environmental issues on campus.

Each day of Green Week consisted of a different “green” focus. The sessions were held from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 pm at the Milo Bail Student Center. Monday was Recycling Day where students could trade five plastic sacks for one reusable grocery bag. Tuesday was Food Day where students who attended received free herb seed packets. On Water Day Wednesday, Student Government gave students free reusable water bottles. Energy Day followed on Thursday as Green Week wrapped up and student government gave 50 students free annual B-cycle membership. A raffle was also held to win a free bike.

While Green Week gave students the chance to get a lot of free things, it also gave students the opportunity to learn how they can make environmental healthy choices.

“Students can learn that it is easy to make changes in their daily lives,” said Olivia Whittaker, event planner and Student Government sustainability committee chair. “I think that so many students feel like they can’t make a change because they are just one person.”

While students learned about how to make their own changes, they also gained knowledge about sustainability at UNO and in general. Whittaker talked about some of the most important lessons students learned.

“How many students know we have a bioretention garden and actually know what it is used for? Many students may also not know that they can rent the bicycles that are stationed in the Student Center Plaza. These are all things that students can find out about during Green Week.”

 Student Government’s Facebook page also posted fun UNO sustainability facts. One of these included the fact that UNO has one stream recycling so that everything can be put into the same bin. The page also posted that Student Government would “give away Green swag and provide facts about sustainability.”

 Although this was Student Government’s first Green Week, the group partnered with other organizations last year to hold an “Earth Week” during the week of Earth Day. During the event, each organization was assigned a day to help encourage awareness about protecting the environment.

“If students start recycling more, wasting less, buying foods locally...we really can make a big difference.”

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