Thursday, May 6, 2010

BGSU Encourages Students to Think Green

Professors around the world are encouraging their students to think “green.” Here at BGSU, there are multiple classes you can take to learn about the environment. Aside from just environmental studies classes, going green is incorporated into class discussion, projects and group organizations.

In an Interior design class here at BGSU, students were asked to create their own stores. The catch is that everything used to decorate the store had to be eco-friendly. Everything right down to the tile on the floors had to be made out recycled materials. This task was much more expensive and difficult to accomplish a few students from the class admitted. However, the students got a good learning experience out of it. They learned that the demand for companies to want to turn eco-friendly is increasing. They also learned that there are a lot of great ways to make a room “green.”

BGSU also has a group of students involved in “Friday Night Lights.” This group collectively goes around to campus buildings every Friday to power down the lights. If you think about all the hallways and bathrooms not used on the weekends across campus, you will realize there is a lot of waste. This small task leads to saving energy and money for the university. This project did not officially begin until fall 2010, but has been successful since.

Keep yourself optimistic to “green” projects; you never know when you may be asked to complete one!

As Always,
Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.

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