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More News from DZs on the Green Front
I continue to receive great e-mails from Delta Zeta members and chapters about what they are doing to increase green awareness and help the environment.

Barbara McKeand Stevenson, Gamma Pi '65 (Western Michigan University) ,is an environmental activist who is a fund development consultant by profession. She began a new project in Detroit in 2002 called Corktown Recycles. The project is housed within the Greater Corktown Development Corporation and has an initial grant of $100,000 from the Detroit Empowerment Zone. The grant states, "Corktown proposes a neighborhood-based recycling system that will enhance our area, build community amongst our residents, recycle basic household materials, provide attractive recycle trash containers in key areas, and provide recycling education to residents, businesses, churches, and non-profit organizations."

Barbara's vision includes making Corktown Recycles a pilot project to be expanded to other neighborhoods based out of churches or block-club associations. She wants to see the recyclables as a basis for economic development in Detroit by establishing an ecologically friendly business incubator park that makes use of the materials recovered. Barbara's numerous awards include the Spirit of Detroit Award from the Detroit City Council and the NOW Feminist of the Year: Fund-Raising for Women's Projects. She recently completed her tenure on the Cranbrook Peace Foundation (2006 to 2008) and has sat on the board of The Ecology Center, a nonprofit environmental organization based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, since 2005.

Michelle Gutierrez, a collegian from the Pi Zeta Chapter at Arizona State University, reports that, "Our [univeristy] administration added the Global Institute of Sustainability and has launched a large sustainability campaign as a part of ASU President Michael Crow's vision as a New American University. Because of these recent initiatives, a few of our sisters have taken on the responsibility to get ASU students more involved in the widespread knowledge of sustainability during our collegiate years. 

"Elizabeth Simonhoff, President of Undergraduate Student Government (USG), and Heather Watkins, Director of Special Events for USG, launched a 'Green is Sexy' campaign on the Tempe Campus of ASU last srping, inviting their sisters to actively participate and assist with the execution of their campaign events. Their events included an appearance by the Bio Bus and Discovery Channel's host Jeff Corwin.

"Elizabeth Simonhoff is a charter member and Heather Watkins is an Alpha member of the Pi Zeta Chapter; both sisters will be graduating in May 2008 from the W.P. Carey School of Business at ASU."

In addition, right now the Pi Zeta Chapter is also selling re-usable bags to support Pink Goes Green.  You can learn more here.

The Gamma Beta Chapter at the University of Connecticut came in second place in the Eco-Madness contest, a water and energy-reduction contest sponsored by Eco-Husky and the Office of Environmental Policy (OEP).

When Katerina Tsybouleva of the Kappa Chapter at the University of Washington was a senior in the spring of 2008, she made Green Greeks, which educates students about energy and water efficiency and how to create ways to further seek change, a registered student organization. "I organized an environmental sustainability task force for the Greek members on campus," she said.

As coordinator of Go Green, Katerina would spend time recruiting new members for the group and planning meetings. Several other Greek organizations are participating in the project now.

Alumna member Sandie Passerini Champion, Lambda Nu '90 (Auburn University/Montgomery), writes to tell us, "One of the best products I have found are Environsax. For about $35.00, you get five bright colored bags that roll up very small and fit in their own pouch! For those who carry large purses, they fit great! When you unroll a bag, it will hold about two plastic bags' worth of groceries, and with the large handle you can put it over your shoulder, thus less trips into the house! I get complements all the time! One caution … the grocery clerks like to overfill the bags. I feel great when I get home from shopping and I do not have a zillion plastic bags to deal with. I just roll them back up and they are ready for the next trip. I hope you find this information of help." Thanks for this great tip, Sandie!

The Alpha Upsilon Chapter at the University of Maine was featured in the university's magazine, Maine, for their part in proposing a resolution which was passed by the campus Panhellenic to encourage all sororities at the university to adopt more environmentally friendly practices in their day-to-day lives as well as their chapter rooms.

Ashley Hoskins, Chapter President, said, "One person can make a difference, but if every one of the 300 sorority women on campus pitches in, we can make a significant difference." Chapter members helped other sororities on campus by giving them canvas shopping bags and compact flourescent light bulbs.

Stephanie Palmer, past Chapter Treasurer, added, "This resolution encourages us to think about the choices we're making. We also know that reducing, reusing and recycling more means we're going to find ways to spend our money more efficiently."

Sources: Maine, Summer 2008
http://www.ecocenter.org
The Daily (University of Washington)
UConn Daily Campus