Ecoforum offers students advice for going green


Some of the best environmentally-friendly minds at the University were in one place on Feb. 3, as the Mission and Heritage Committee and Environmental Club hosted an Eco Forum in the Dunham Student Activity Center.

A forum panel included Elmer Schneider, associate vice president for facilities, Leslie Johnson, assistant director of Residential Life, and Marielle Counts, president of the Environmental Club. The presenters revealed what Fontbonne is already doing to “go green” as well as steps students can take to help the environment on their own. 

During the forum, several measures have recently been adopted by the University for “greening” the campus were mentioned, such as the use of green cleaning products by the Environmental Services department and the introduction of “Trayless Thursdays” in the Ryan Hall Cafeteria to cut down on hot water used for cleaning dishes.

Johnson stressed the importance of buying from local vendors like farmers markets and suggested shopping for clothes at resale and thrift stores, while Schneider listed ways that the University has tried to stay environmentally-friendly during the building of Anheuser-Busch Hall:

• Construction materials used for the project were high- recycle content.
• Kitchen materials from the building were donated to those in need instead of being thrown away.
• The parking lot that was created for construction workers will be taken down and transformed back into green space.
•All of the classrooms in the new AB building have energy-efficient windows and light bulbs.

Johnson stressed the importance of buying from local vendors like farmers markets and suggested shopping for clothes at resale and thrift stores. She also  presented ways in which students can reduce, reuse, and recycle (and save money) at home and on campus:

The University’s reusable thermal mugs entitles students to free drink refills in the cafeteria and in the DSAC.
•Turn the lights off when you leave, open the blinds during the daytime, unplug all electronic items not in use and switch to power saving options on
electronic devices. 
•Refill printer cartridges until they can no longer be used.
•Bath every other day to reduce water usage, use less shampoo and soap products and reuse towels throughout the week.
• Buy in bulk sizes at Sam’s or Wal-Mart and carry reusable shopping bags. Some stores may take five cents off of your purchase if you bring your own
reusable bag. 

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