Green for Green: PSU Students Share Campus Sustainability Ideas in Contest

May 11th, 2011 by Adam

PLYMOUTH, N.H.-
More than 20 PSU students recently competed in a contest to share ideas for making the campus more environmentally sustainable.

PSU students recently competed in a contest to share ideas for making the campus more environmentally sustainable. “The “Green for Green” contest was sponsored the PSU Office of Environmental Sustainability. Winners of the contest, left to right, Janelle Emerson, Korey O’Brien, Zachariah Goldenberg, Dillon Bissell

“The “Green for Green” contest last month was sponsored the PSU Office of Environmental Sustainability, to encourage and improve sustainability on campus, with the proposal presenting the most clearly described, innovative, and well-supported idea winning a $200 first place prize of a gift certificate to the on-campus bookstore. The two runners up both won a $150 certificate to the store. Brian Eisenhauer, PSU’s Director of Sustainability, said the contest reflects the mindset of campus.

“The number and quality of submissions exceeded expectations, a credit to all those who supported the competition, and the quality of the ideas submitted speaks to the importance of sustainability in PSU students’ lives,” Eisenhauer said.

Dillon Bissell won first place by proposing that the university reduce its carbon footprint by converting the shuttle services over to vegetable oil. The case was well-supported with analyses of costs and other impacts.

The other two winners were Korey O’Brian, who proposed that motion light sensors be placed in residence halls campus wide, and Zachariah Goldenberg, who suggested that the campus use more locally grown food and that the quality of water should be improved throughout campus to reduce use of bottled water.

The Office of Environmental Sustainability at Plymouth State University is already planning future events to improve environmental sustainability at PSU.

“We look forward to continuing to hear from students who are passionate about sustainability,” said Janelle Emerson, a student employee in the Office of Environmental Sustainability who played an important role in organizing the green for green competition. “Students have great ideas, and by working together we hope to achieve a more sustainable future.”

For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU Media Relations Mgr., (603) 535-2775 or blyndes@plymouth.edu

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