Annual Green Week Encourages Local Environmental Advocacy

A group of eight students with large bags of trash
Members of the UA Environmental Council picked up trash at the organization’s Adopt-a-Mile track near Hurricane Creek.

The UA Environmental Council is an environmental advocacy and awareness organization devoted to tackling local, national, and global environmental issues. For student officers on the council, solutions to global issues start locally. “By showing strong environmental leadership at UA, we can inspire other communities and institutions to be better as well,” proclaimed council president Garrett Kennedy.

The organization plans to focus first on community-based solutions on campus and then build towards initiatives with a wider impact. “Right now, we are working on banning Styrofoam and single-use plastics from on-campus vendors and dining halls,” explained Rilyn Todd, the organization’s director of activism and education. “We are also starting a project to build a community garden on campus, which could help localize some of our food production.”

Students interested in getting involved with these initiatives and more can attend the council’s annual Green Week from February 23-26. The organization has planned a series of educational and engaging activities and service projects.

Students of all majors are encouraged to attend any of the following Green Week events:

Wednesday, February 23

Screening of “Normal is Over”
Bevill Building, Room 0009
7 p.m.

Thursday, February 24

“Conservation Conversations”
North Lawn Hall, Room 1018
4 p.m.

Friday, February 25

Recycling Drive
Student Center Plaza & Residential Village
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Recycling Center Tour
UA Recycling Center
3 p.m.

Saturday, February 26

Trash Clean-up
ECo Adopt-a-Mile
12 p.m.

For updates on Green Week events, follow the UA Environmental Council on Instagram.