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Campus Task Force Establishes Pledge Week for Sustainable Living

posted on 11/14/2005

Eckerd's Sustainable Campus Task Force has established November 14-18, 2005, as Pledge for Sustainability Week. The goal of this week is to encourage members of the College community to make a pledge to change one aspect of their lives for a week in order to live more sustainably. This ranges from taking a shorter shower to walking to nearby locations instead of driving.

Sustainability Week pledges will be collected in front of the student mailboxes from 10am-2pm throughout the week. Members of the College community should think of creative ways in which they can make sustainable changes in their lives. At the mailboxes, buttons sporting the Pledge logo and 100 reusable coffee mugs will be distributed to the first pledgers. The dorm with the most pledges will be declared the winning dorm, winning a prize for each resident - a reusable bag stating, "paper nor plastic."

At the end of the week, a celebration in Hough Quad will recognize all those who made a pledge. There will be music and several campus leaders who will be speak on the subject of sustainability at Eckerd.

Pledge for Sustainability Week is supported by ECOS, The Garden Club, Earth Society, Amnesty International, Alliance of Concerned Individuals, Staff Council, Campus Ministries, Bon Appetit Food Services, and various faculty members.

In a world faced with numerous problems, this is one thing that can be done to make a difference. Small actions, by many individuals, make a huge difference in the end!

- Eckerd College Sustainable Campus Task Force

As a result of the task force's efforts, 456 students, faculty, and staff made a pledge for sustainability. The dorm houses that pledged the most were Dante with 15 pledges and Leighton with 14. The students in these dorms who made a pledge received a prize of a reusable tote bag that says "Paper Not Plastic."

Other outcomes of the week included an increase in the recycled paper content of Eckerd's school office paper from 10% to 35% and a new system in Triton's Pub that allows those who eat at the Pub to use real silverware, cups, and plates. (This system is still in development).

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