Homegrown Success with the Sustainability Program

The Comment caught up with representatives of the Sustainability Program at their pumpkin-carving event on October 24th to learn a bit about what they have to offer and hear some tips about being sustainable as the seasons change.

Jenalyn Warcup (she/her, ‘24) is the President of the Environmental Action Team (EAT), Bridgewater’s student-run sustainability organization. Her father grew the giant pumpkin that was featured at the event for the weight-guessing contest. Warcup says that the EAT meets biweekly to discuss “all things sustainability” and organizes events aimed at making the campus greener. She said to be on the lookout for EAT’s clothing drive until November 10. There are donations bins located in the Pride Center in RSU, as well as at ECC 113 from 5-6 p.m. on Tuesdays. The club will use the donated items to run a thrift swap on November 14, an opportunity for students to “give clothes you don’t wear anymore a new life.” Interested students can follow the club’s Instagram page @eatbsu to keep up with their activities. 

The Sustainability Program covers the academic side of sustainable action at BSU. Dr. Hui Zhang (she/her), the program’s co-director, said that the pumpkin carving event was designed to get students to think about where their food comes from during the harvest season. “Food is security,” she explained, “it is important we learn to be responsible when consuming and disposing of our food”. The event was packed, as Zhang said she was glad students were connecting. She urged them to, “share your knowledge, share your passion about growing your own food and being sustainable in your own daily life.” Even small sustainable changes can have an impact. “It’s just like a principle; it doesn’t have to be big.” 

There are many opportunities for students to get involved. Students can minor in sustainability, participate in interdisciplinary research (with a $1,000 grant available), or even intern with the program. Some of the sustainability interns also shared their experience with the program and how it had made them more conscious of sustainable practices in their own lives. “As a Communications major, I wanted to promote something that I was passionate about,” explained Jade Bryant (she/her, ‘24), adding that sustainability is frequently under-marketed. Victoria Oliveira (she/they, ‘26) added, “The sustainability program has really helped me realize how much work goes into everything.” They found, through their research, how much time and labor are required to make sustainable products. The interns emphasized that there are many opportunities to get involved and that they are always looking for help.

Students can learn more on the Sustainability Program’s Bridgenet site or @bsusustainability_ on Instagram.

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