This post was written by Justin Flick, Diversion Excursion Coordinator (Diversion Excursion is a nationally recognized waste diversion program that is centered around the end-of-the-year move-out in the residence halls) at California State University, Chico. They divert about 35,000 pounds of waste annually, and we are able to donate many of the items we take in to local charities!
I recently had the opportunity to coordinate Chico State’s stop on the Conscious College Road Tour. We began the day by setting up the tables with great info and samples of sustainable and conscious products that many students were quite excited to get. Once the set up was complete, we took our stations at the themed tables. I was in charge of check in which meant I got to interact with students at the beginning of their experience and at the end of it. I got to learn quite a bit about hemp from Erin Schrode along with various other topics that the tables represented. I also got to see firsthand the things that students were learning throughout the day. We also saw how the students and our volunteers became greatly inspired. In fact, a fair amount of our volunteers actually had little previous experience with sustainability or conscious products, but by the end of their shift they were now consummate experts on the difference between conscious and conventional products.
We also had the opportunity to co-host a town hall meeting with the TG team. Getting to sit through Erin’s presentation was quite educational, enlightening, and inspiring. Judy and Erin always do an incredible job of inspiring students to step beyond what they believe to be their limitations in the pursuit of doing something greater! Overall, the town hall meeting was a resounding success! Even though we may have not had the turn out that we expected, it allowed for a much more intimate experience. Students had the opportunity to pick the brains of Judy and Erin to truly understand what sustainability is and what their role as students and upcoming leaders can look like.
We always greatly enjoy having the Turning Green team at Chico State. The passion and mindset shifts that they inspire in our students for sustainability is unlike any of our other events.We think that there is still a lot more room for growth and refinement of sustainability education on our campus and home that Turning Green will continue to be a part of it!