Over the last three years, Wasatch Academy has made a conscious effort to support students with discovering how they can be leaders in sustainability education on our campus. The movement has led to the creation of a group of passionate students committed to being kinder to the world by creating green projects and initiatives.
The Wasatch Academy Sustainability Council is comprised of students, faculty, and staff who each bring ideas to the table for more sustainable practices on campus. Their latest effort has focused on creating a committee to evaluate school events to see how they can reduce the carbon footprint events can cause.
The committee is supporting class event coordinators by providing helpful insight into how the events can demonstrate sustainability in practice. They are evaluating and making suggestions on the environmental impacts of Wasatch Academy events such as the Horseshoe Mt. hike, prom, Halloween and Valentine’s Day dances, the international food court, and graduation. Some of the suggestions for these events include using no plastic or styrofoam, having recycling bins handy and clearly marked, and using water hydration stations instead of bottled water.
The council has already made a big impact on the campus over the past three years. Through dedicating time for bake sale fundraising efforts and staying committed to their cause, the council has been able to fund the installation of several, water-bottle filling stations in buildings on campus. “When I hear people say “thank you for installing the filling station in [Zoe] dorm!” or I see people using the filling station, I enjoy knowing that I’m part of the reason this filling station is benefiting people,” said senior Lucy Zhai, a student member of the Sustainability Council.
Lucy has her sights set high to leave a positive impact on campus. “I really want to collect enough funds to install a water-bottle filling station in every building on campus so everyone can benefit from what we do in the Sustainability Council.”
If you have input on best practices for a sustainable campus or would like to learn how you can support the Wasatch Academy Sustainability Council, contact Dr. Joel Barnes at firstname.lastname@example.org.