A Part of the Green Generation

By Karrie Comfort Contributor 

Senior environmental science and policy major Whitney Miller wanted to join ASI to make a difference on campus.

Earth Week was one such way that Miller used her sustainability and communications skills to benefit the students.

“I’m most excited about the succulents,” Miller said with a laugh. “I ordered the pots and everything, so I’m pretty excited to hand them out!” 

Events for Earth Week spanned from Apr. 20 - 21 and were  completely devoted to reducing waste and becoming more sustainable as not only as a university, but as an individual.

A variety of activities took place, including the Long Beach Water Department’s “Water You Doing Wednesday,” where the department hosted a photo booth to encourage students to take shorter showers. The  Environmental Science and Policy Club held a clothing swap, mini-recycle bin decorating event, and trivia.

The fun culminated in a sustainable Green Generation Mixer on “Take Action Thursday” in the beautiful Japanese Gardens, where students presented some of their best sustainable or green projects for faculty judges in the Sustainability Project Showcase. Though not eligible for prizes, faculty displayed some of their own work as well.

Miller decided that ASI was one of the best ways for her to “foster a sustainable environment that students can carry with them throughout their college years and beyond.”

Although, she agreed that being in student government was, to a certain extent, based on how much effort you put into it, she enjoyed both the experiences and the hard work of planning a great event.

As a representative, Miller wanted the campus “to become more aware of sustainability initiatives, and to foster a sustainable environment that students can carry with them throughout their college years and beyond.”

“I think the main benefit of ASI is the fact that you can gain real world experience in whatever role you decide to partake in within the organization,” Miller said. 

“There are opportunities for students to practice both their leadership skills and the skills within their field of interest.”


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