SOAR nights at the Japanese Gardens
Over the summer, CSULB invites newly accepted students to attend SOAR, which is student orientation and registration. The CSULB Green Campus Program interns wanted to welcome incoming students and introduce them to sustainability on campus, so we teamed up with the SOAR Program and the Japanese Gardens to host a night at the Japanese Gardens for students attending the overnight SOAR Program. Hosted in the evenings of June 30th, July 11th and July 21st, these nights gave students the opportunity to learn about sustainability, meet various environmentally oriented groups including the Environmental Science and Policy Club, Green Long Beach! and Long Beach Transit among others, and the chance to relax at the beautiful Japanese Gardens. To keep the nights action packed, students were also able to participate in a variety of carnival style activities to earn raffle tickets, including a bottlecap toss game, a recycle toss game, and a photo booth. Complete with drinks donated by the 49er shops and a variety of snacks, students could also sit in the gardens and enjoy listening to a local band, or listen to CSU San Luis Obispo’s Green Campus Program intern, Mr. ECO, perform some of his latest songs. The night also included raffle prizes and the opportunity to sign the Green Campus Program sustainability pledge. Bringing in 600 students total, the SOAR nights at the Japanese Gardens was a huge success.
Go Green 101 Workshop
In an effort to infuse the message of energy and sustainability into academia on campus, the Green Campus Program interns collaborated with the CSULB University Honors Program to host a workshop called “Its Easy Being Green.” Hosted in the Beach Auditorium, over 60 students came to hear CSULB’s Energy and Sustainability Manager PaulWingco talk about campus initiatives, and followed by the interns discussing methods to live sustainability as a student. Complete with group discussions, games, candy and raffle prizes, the workshop was a huge success. The event concluded with a meet and greet with on-campus clubs and community organizations committed to making Long Beach a greener city. Also, students pledged to change one behavior in an effort to live more sustainably by signing their name and pledge on a poster that will hang in the University Honor’s Program office.
I Heart Green Careers Campaign
The Green Campus Program interns partnered with the Career Development Center to launch their “I heart Green Careers” Campaign, which was designed to promote green workforce development. The Green Campus Program interns attended The Spring 2011 Job Fair as well as the Careers in Engineering and Technology Job Fair to promote the green job opportunities that were available. The interns made buttons to pass out to students while they perused the fair. By wearing the “I Heart Green Careers” button, students were able to show potential employers that finding a job that included sustainability in its focus was important to them. By taking a short survey, employers were able to become “Green Career certified”, and were given a small certificate to display on their table to advertise students their company’s commitment to sustainability. Both students and employers supported this campaign, and the interns plan to continue to attend future job fairs to spread the word about the importance of green career development.
RA Board Competition
Each November, CSULB student groups come together to host ECO Week, a week-long event created to promote sustainability initiatives on campus and in the community. In Fall 2011, the Green Campus Program interns worked with the Resident Advisors (RAs) in Residential Life to spread the word about ECO Week festivities. Each RA was invited to participate in a month long bulletin board competition. By decorating the bulletin boards in their hallway with ECO friendly decorations and posting information about ECO Week events, RAs were eligible to have their bulletin board randomly judged by the interns to win a $50 visa gift card, as well as a Green Campus Program t-shirt and canteen. With over 15 creatively decorated boards to judge, the interns finally chose Kathryn Price from Los Cerritos as the winner. Her board was decorated with 3D paper mache globe, tips on how to be more eco-friendly, information about ECO week, and even a donation bag to save a whale through the Aquarium of the Pacific!
Green Office Certification
The Green Office Certification Program was developed to recognize offices at CSULB that are implementing sustainable practices. Furthermore, it also encourages offices that want to become more eco-friendly to do so in a step by step approach. By filling out the Green Office Certification calculator provided by the Green Campus Program interns, offices are able to receive feedback on their current behaviors. Upon completing the calculator, offices are awarded a certification level: Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum. Offices are also given tips on how to move up to the next certification level. Offices who complete the program are awarded a certificate displaying their certification level, as well as a window decal to display to show off their certification. More information regarding this project and how to become Green Office Certified can be found on the Green Office Certification tab. (coming soon!)