Written by Marina Qutab
On April 20th of 2016, UMass Amherst gathered student volunteers, faculty members, and the Sustainability Department to host their very first Conscious College Road Tour! Every year, Turning Green Organization, a Nonprofit located in the San Francisco Bay area, hosts a six-week fly/drive college tour aiming to inform, inspire, and mobilize students to transition their lives and school campuses from conventional to conscious. This year will be the 5th Annual Conscious College Road Tour featuring unique, interactive, hands-on learning for students.
When I introduced the idea of UMass Amherst hosting a Conscious College Road Tour, my peers responded enthusiastically. As I finished presenting the Conscious College Road Tour video from last year to UMass Amherst’s vegan club, “P-NUT” I sat down hoping that by the end of the meeting a few students would come up to me and want to volunteer. To my surprise, I had a line of five students all asking, “Where can I sign up?”
The knowledge my volunteers and I have gained while diving into Turning Green’s resources mobilized all of us to inspire our peers through this program, and show them how big of a difference they can make for our planet individually by shifting their lifestyles from conventional to conscious living. This sentiment alone of changing the world with a simple lifestyle change is so powerful.