EcoHusky discusses green programs around campus
Published: Monday, October 21, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 21, 2013 22:10
Students gathered on Oct. 21 to watch “Wall-E,” the 2008 Disney animated film about a robot designed to clean up a futuristic planet Earth.
The Earth has become uninhabitable due to pollution caused by overconsumption, propagated by the Buy n Large megacorporation. Humans now live on the outer space starship Axiom, owned by Buy n Large.
Wall-E, the robot, spends its days alone (save for the company of a cockroach) until he meets another robot named Eve. Soon after Wall-E develops a crush on Eve and presents Eve with a small plant, the new robot is carried off by a spaceship.
Wall-E latches on, and comes with Eve to the Axiom, where people live on hover chairs and stare at their own personal holographic screens that entertain them and advertise for Buy n Large.
When the ship’s captain discovers Eve’s plant, he begins to learn more about Earth, and eventually steers the ship towards the abandoned planet.
The viewing was followed by a discussion led by Office of Environmental Policy intern and EcoHusky treasurer Emily McInerney, a 5th-semester natural resources major.
Students discussed positive changes that have already been or will soon be implemented on campus, such as LEED certified buildings, a water reclamation facility and a microgrid.
One issue identified during the discussion was the lack of student awareness about these implementations and other programs.
“It’s hard for us to target a really big group because we’re a really big school,” McInerney said. “What do you think we could do to target a larger audience?”
One such program was single-stream recycling, which allows students to throw papers and plastics in the same bins. This form of recycling encourages students to recycle more, as long as they know that UConn has single-stream recycling.
Since many students do not know what single-stream recycling is, students at the discussion talked about possible ways to educate the student body about recycling, such as a video by marketing students, posters or a special edition of the Stall Street News.
Students also learned about UConn’s car-share and bike-share programs, and suggested that they be advertised through new student orientation.
The movie was presented by the OEP and the Honors Council Environmental Committee as part of Campus Sustainability Day to celebrate UConn’s No. 1 ranking in the Sierra Club’s “Cool Schools” list.
Students from the Honors Council Environmental Committee, EcoHusky, EcoHouse and the Spring Valley Farm hosted tables before the event and shared information about their respective organizations.
McInerney said that this was a good opportunity for students to see how they can get involved in sustainability initiatives on campus.
“We wanted to network with other eco organizations on campus and show students what’s available to them,” McInerney said.