What Our DZs are Doing for Pink Goes Green
Delta Zetas are contacting us from around the country to let us know what they have been doing to promote Pink Goes Green. I love to receive these updates, so please keep sending your news and photos to Pink Goes Green. It's amazing what all of you are doing on your campuses and in your communities to promote Pink Goes Green! Here is some of the latest news from our college chapters:
Delta Omicron (Northwestern Oklahoma State University) writes, "One of our new members, Amanda Goodman, has joined CORE (Conserving Our Ranger Environment). This group works to make Northwestern and Alva more 'green.' Amanda attends CORE meetings, representing Delta Zeta, and brings information back to the chapter."
Epsilon Nu (Missouri State University) elected junior Sam Valentine as the Pink Goes Green Chairman. Sam placed recycling bins in the chapter house and implemented the use of reusable green Delta Zeta water bottles.
Lambda Kappa (University of Alabama/Huntsville) celebrated Earth Day with a Pink Goes Green weeklong celebration on April 20-24, 2009. A kickoff event held at the chapter house saw the mayor of Huntsville, Tommy Battle, UAH President Dave Williams and Operation Green Team of Huntsville Denise Brown Taylor, Lambda Kappa '88.
The mayor and President Williams encouraged everyone to be more proactive in going green and thanked Delta Zeta for promoting environmental awareness and education on the UAH campus. After the kickoff, the chapter gave recycling bins to all the fraternities and sororities. Each day of the week the chapter:
- encouraged all students and faculty to carpool or walk to class.
- promoted water conservation.
- encouraged all students and faculty to take the green pledge on the Pink Goes Green Web site.
- cleaned up the litter around Greek Row.
The local newspaper, The Star of Alabama, published an article entitled, "Delta Zeta Sorority's "Pink Goes Green" Earth Day weeklong event". Lambda Kappa also received local TV news coverage about their event. Ali Gilbert and the entire Lambda Kappa Chapter worked hard to promote Pink Goes Green.
Check out the great pics that the chapter sent of their event! Thank you, April Gero, Lambda Kappa College Chapter Director, for sending this news.
Xi Rho (Clarkson University) also received recognition in the local newspapers for their efforts to go green. The chapter helped with Clarkson's green initiatives and works with alumnae to make the chapter house more energy efficient. Members carpool, walk to classes, turn off unnecessary appliances and shop at local farmers' markets using eco-friendly tote bags.
Xi Upsilon (Northeastern University) adopted a tortoise through the World Wildlife Fund. The members donated money to a special turtle living in the Galapagos Islands to help maintain his habitat. If you'd like to adopt a species or find out more about WWF's adoption program, check it out here.
Omicron Delta (Bryant University) writes to tell us, "Kerri Moriarty has been an incredible asset to our chapter in the past year. She has inspired many members to 'Go Green' and has introduced a more effective recycling program at Bryant University. She recently took on the role of Vice President of Programs on our Executive Board, and has done an amazing job providing fresh, new ideas to improve our whole chapter. She is an amazing woman who cares a lot about the environment and has made a valuable effort to inspire others to feel the same.
"Our chapter also had a table during Green Week to spread awareness about global warming. Our chapter did this last year, and asked students hug a tree to be entered into a raffle to win some great prizes. It is a fun way to get the word out about this issue that our world is currently facing."
Omicron Xi Chapter (Mars Hill College) says, "For Homecoming, the Omicron Xi Chapter made our float for the Homecoming parade completely out of recyclable materials. Alumnae brought cardboard boxes and plastic bottles to use for the float, and we got more plastic bottles from recycling bins in dorms. We decided that Homecoming was the place to start with our Pink Goes Green pledge. When we tore down our float, we brought all the items to the recycling center nearby."
Pi Beta (University of Hartford) is participating in a new campus-wide initiative called Recycle Mania, a competition to encourage recycling on campus. Each week participants bring any recyclable materials (bottles, cans, etc.) that they have collected to a weigh-in location. At the end of the semester, the team that collected the most recyclables won a catered barbecue at the annual Spring Fling weekend. One of our recent initiates is the President of CUPS (Clean Up Public Spaces), a student community service and environmental organization on campus that sponsored the event.
Pi Zeta (Arizona State University) created and branded their own "eco-friendly" and sustainable grocery bags to implement Pink Goes Green on their campus. Members sold the bags to friends, parents and alumnae and made them available at chapter events such as Parents Weekend, Founders Day, and Mom's Weekend.