Getting Involved with Sustainability Projects at Purdue

With over nine hundred student organizations to choose from, narrowing down what you want to get involved in at Purdue can sometimes be a bit difficult. For students who are interested in environmental issues, there are several great organizations where you can meet like-minded people and engage in hands-on projects that make a difference! This past semester, I joined one such organization, Boiler Green Initiative. BGI focuses on encouraging sustainable practices at Purdue’s campus and the surrounding community. BGI has three main project committees: the Recycling Committee, which works to reduce waste and increase responsible disposal; the Stormwater Committee, which focuses on reducing the amount of runoff that enters the watershed; and the Education and Outreach Committee, which works to inform others about contemporary environmental issues. Over the past semester, BGI has sponsored recycling at football games, directed a dining court food waste campaign, drafted plans to create new raingardens, and worked with community leaders to encourage the installment of solar panels in new construction. BGI also participates in volunteering events outside of usual club meetings such as Make a Difference Day, and has lots of fun social events such as their annual hike at Turkey Run.  Being in BGI this semester has been a blast, and I am excited to say that I will continue to participate as the Secretary Chair in the upcoming semester.

No matter what you join, student organizations are a great way to take a break from the stress of classes, expose yourself to new people and new experiences, and to be a part of something greater than yourself.

-Alison

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