ECO Club

eco logoThe ECO Club began as the Environmental Awareness Club in 1990; over the years, many students have enjoyed such diverse activities as star-gazing on Mt. Monadnock, whale watches, organic brunches, and campus hikes, to name a few.  Student activists have worked on recycling projects, raised money to purchase sulfur dioxide credits to reduce acid rain, held fundraisers to protect the rainforest, cleaned up roadsides, built new trails, helped reduce food waste in the cafeteria, and more.

In 2008 and 2009, the ECO Club held an event called Focus the Nation, geared towards schools and universities throughout the Country to take the initiative in becoming “greener,” and meeting the goals of a carbon neutral campus.  Thanks to Michelle Comeau and the many other Professors that spoke, the event foused on 350 ppm, the goal for the allowable amount of CO2 in the air; check out at www.350.org to learn more. 

eco clubIn the fall of 2008, the ECO Club students organized a clean up on campus, and they brought in a guest speaker from Climate Counts, an organization geared to educating consumers about shifting purchases and daily use items to support the companies and business that are focused on being carbon neutral.

Earth Week in April is always an important time for the ECO Club. In 2008, the guest speaker was Tom Wessels, author of Reading the Forested Landscape, Sustainability, and other books.  Dozens of  exhibitors brought local food, natural and organic body products and presented information about sustainability, and a live band brought great energy to the day. In 2009, the ECO Club held an Earth Week celebration, with events throughout the week of April 20th, including a Lights Out competition to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas production, a “Green Business: The Next Generation” forum, a movie night, and live music, games and a plant sale on the Manor lawn. Proceeds from the Earth Day plant sale go towards the creation of an ECO Club garden outside the campus center.

We hope you all will take a little initiative and come out participate in our events. Join us Mondays at 7 p.m. in 119 Marcucella Hall for our weekly meetings to help make your campus and community a little greener. –Jennifer Provencher, ECO Club president, 2008-09

ECO Club officers for 2009-2010:  Arianna McClean, President; Josh Grey, VP; Chelsea Petersen, Treasurer; Rebakka Milles, Secretary; Joe Metzler, SGA Senator.