Students gather to tackle sustainability at info fair
The Western Front
October 5, 2016
Students have the power to change the world. It can be as simple as turning off a light.
Sustainability and student involvement was a common theme during the Environmental Club Kickoff on Tuesday, Oct. 4. At the event, environmental clubs and organizations held quick information sessions for interested students. Club representatives discussed ways for students to become involved with programs tackling sustainability issues.
“Students have so much power,” senior Trisha Patterson said. “Students can wield that power for a greater change.”
Patterson is involved with Students for Renewable Energy, one of the 10 clubs showcased at the event.
Students for Renewable Energy is the longest standing environmental club on campus. There is a wide scope of focus within the club. Members advocate for climate justice, as well as involve themselves with Whatcom County politics.
Outside of joining clubs, students can utilize their passions to make a change. From protesting to making the switch to a plant-based diet, everyone has the ability to take action, Environmental and Sustainability Program Director Anna Kemper said.
“There are so many different ways to be an activist,” Kemper said.
Senior Kellen Erb works with the Residents’ Resource Awareness Program. The program educates students living in the residence halls on sustainable practices. Residents can apply to serve as their dorm’s eco-rep as well. Erb hopes people will take the knowledge they learn at Western and implement it into their daily lives, she said.