Recently, people have started to think twice about the impacts their choices have on the environment. It is easier now than ever to engage in an environmentally sustainable lifestyle.
Unfortunately, many students stray from green practices and gravitate toward convenience.
In effort to bring new and interesting environmental campaigns to campus, student government representatives at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point have hosted sign-ups for events like Project Green Challenge, an international competition designed to test individuals’ commitment and knowledge in regard to eco-conscious living.
PGC is a series of daily challenges throughout October where participants examine their own lifestyle choices, then go a step further and complete short assignments that test their understanding of the day’s topic.
Each challenge has three levels of difficulty and includes activities like researching relevant issues, watching video clips and interviewing people in the community. Challenges are judged based on submissions to the PGC website and posts on social media.
Those taking on the challenge can compete as an individual or a team of up to four people. Committed finalists for the challenge have a shot at an impressive array of prizes, ranging in value from hundreds to thousands of dollars.
Alex Thomas, Student Government Association Environmental and Sustainability Affairs Director, and Cate Lucas, Residential Living Green Associate, both have goals to make UWSP more eco-friendly. The duo helped bring the movement to campus this September and is encouraging students to get involved.
“Stevens Point has a history of being a green campus, and this program is a good fit for that,” Thomas said.
He explained how this challenge is a way for people to learn about sustainability and how it pertains to everyday life.
“I hope this opens up people’s eyes to sustainability,” Thomas said. “The more people that know about it, the better.”
Lucas said PGC will help guide individuals who otherwise might not confront their lifestyle choices on their own.
“It is important to meet people where they are at, then push them a little further,” Lucas said. “I think there are always opportunities for growth.”
Junior Daniel Rawley likes the idea of PGC, but is not sure if he will participate.
“It sounded a little bit like schoolwork, but I like the fact that it is sort of a call to action,” Rawley said. “It helps when there are other people around who are into it.”
Taking part in PGC may or may not be the catalyst for students to make real changes, but it is an opportunity to make strides toward a more sustainable world.