GreenLeaders

by Somi Jun '20

Two weeks ago, Ming Wilson ‘18 and seven other Princeton students spent their Saturday afternoon walking around campus to pick up litter. In the process, they found packaging, old beverages, and two abandoned bicycles, which are now being restored in Cyclab.

“We specifically emphasized going ‘off the beaten path’ to pick up trash that was hidden and which have even been misplaced for years,” Wilson said. “We hope the initiative will [lead] to a cleaner campus and the accidental fruit of friendship, as well.”

Major: Woodrow Wilson School

GreenLeader group affiliation and/or Sustainability initiative: Princeton Garden Project Manager, GreenLeader coordinator

How do you define sustainability? To me, sustainability is about understanding the consequences of our actions, appreciating the ways in which we are interconnected with other humans and our environment, and wasting and consuming less.

Major: Woodrow Wilson School

GreenLeader group affiliation: SURGE and the Princeton Sustainable Investment Initiative (PSII)

How do you define sustainability? Sustainability is a goal to use no more than can be reproduced by nature and to tailor human efforts to living within the means that the planet provides us with.

In late April, hundreds of students and other members of the Princeton community gathered to celebrate Earth Day 2014 at a picnic lunch hosted by the GreenLeaders on Frist South Lawn.

Local and sustainable picnic fare included Jammin' bars from Jammin' Crepes, bent spoon ice-cream, Rojo’s Roastery iced coffee, and naturally colored cupcakes in the shape of the new Office of Sustainability logo.

In early March, the Office of Sustainability and the GreenLeaders hosted a student sustainability dinner and Earth Day planning kick-off meeting at Campus Club.

The Daily Princetonian reports on the Princeton BEE Team in the article "The buzz on the BEE Team".

On February 22, the GreenLeaders held a face painting event at the GreenSpace kiosk in Frist as a way to promote Recyclemania, an eight week recycling competition open to colleges and universities across the U.S. and Canada each spring.

Princeton placed 140 out of 273 schools that participated in the Competition Division of the Tournament, which ranks schools based on their recycling rates. The competition wrapped up March 30th.  Check out the complete results!

On Friday, April 26, hundreds of students gathered on the Frist South Lawn for the biggest environmental event of the year! Greening Princeton Co-President and GreenLeaders coordinator Olivia Howard estimated the total attendance at over 650 people, ranging from students to community members.  People came out to enjoy the beautiful spring day and locally and sustainably sourced ice cream from Bent Spoon and donated pizza from Terra Momo. 

In early May 2013, GreenLeader Bianca DiGiovanni ‘15 led a large group of 6th graders on a campus Green Tour. The students, who attend John Ericsson Middle School, a magnet school for Environmental Engineering in Brooklyn, have been learning about sustainability in school. They were excited to see the green roof on Butler College, the efficient fume hoods and solar panels at Frick Chemistry Lab and the Washington Road stream restoration, among other sites.

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