Wolf-Mark Veverka, outgoing Students for Sustainability (SOS) president, and Kaytlin Patterson, incoming SOS president, give a water bottle to Jessica Patterson.
Singing karaoke, enjoying ice-cream, harnessed jumping on a giant trampoline and learning more information about how to save the Earth highlighted Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Springfest 2014.
Springfest, organized by SIUE’s Campus Activity Board (CAB), offered a Student Organization Fair Wednesday. The fair, which continues Thursday, allows SIUE students to learn more about campus organizations along with dancing, eating and celebrating a great school year.
The Student Organization for Sustainability (SOS) manned one of the many informational booths. The student group passed out free water bottles as part of SIUE’s Earth Week. Earth Day was April 22.
“We are trying to increase SIUE’s recycling rate,” said Wolf-Mark Veverka, outgoing SOS president. “With the large amount of grounds and large number of students we have, we potentially could be number one in the Midwest region for recycling.”
SOS was also at Springfest Wednesday to help boost the amount of signatures on a petition calling for students to commit to the cause of sustainability and to encourage the University to do the same.
“. . . In particular, I commit to the practice of recycling – to doing all I can to reduce the amount of materials entering the landfill and to increase the amount of material being re-used and recycled,” read the petition. “I hereby call on the administration at SIUE to take bold steps toward achieving specific measurable goals in recycling, and for all students, faculty and staff to support recycling efforts.”
The goal is to obtain signatures from approximately 10 percent of the SIUE student body or 1,500 names, Veverka said.
In the last two months, SOS has collected more than 500 signatures, said Kaytlin Patterson, incoming SOS president as of the summer 2014 semester. Wednesday morning netted 100 of the 500 names.
“We hope to present 1,500 names to Chancellor Julie Furst-Bowe on Earth Day 2015,” Veverka said. “She has been working with our group and other students regarding sustainability since she has been here. She has been wonderful in helping us.”
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