This week marks Boston College’s annual Green Week. A wide range of events will occur throughout the week that will enable students to explore different environmental initiatives and learning opportunities. EcoPledge, a club working to increase awareness of environmental issues and promote sustainability at BC, has programmed all events.
The week will begin with seed planting in O’Neill Plaza from 10 am – 2 pm both Monday and Tuesday. Students will have the opportunity to plant their own seeds and bring them home to keep and transplant. Liza DeGenring, A&S ’16 and president of EcoPledge said, “This is a great way to kick-off the start of spring and promote the later events of Green Week.”
For Wednesday, March 26th, EcoPledge and the Career Center have organized a Green Career Night from 6 – 8 pm in the Heights Room. This is a networking opportunity that will bring together members of various sectors of the green and sustainability community as a resource for students on the hunt for careers and internships. Students do not need to be majoring in environmental studies to enjoy this event; any students interested in learning more about what green careers have to offer are more than welcome to join. Students should register for the event through Eaglelink.
Students will also have the opportunity to hear from two political organizations on campus on environmental and energy policy today. EcoPledge will be hosting a panel discussion with the College Democrats of Boston College (CDBC) and No Labels of Boston College in order to inform the student body on the state of domestic environmental policy, as well as engage in a dialogue that does not occur often at BC.
“We’re excited to hear from politically active students and get their perspectives on a variety of issues. It’s something that we’ve never really done before and both groups were excited to participate so it should be a great event,” said DeGenring.
The panel will discuss issues ranging from the Keystone XL Pipeline to a recent oil spill off the coast of Texas. EcoPledge will pose questions and both CDBC and No Labels will have the opportunity to respond with views and suggestions for the future.
The week will end with a screening of the award-winning documentary “Trashed” in O’Neill 211 on Friday at 3 pm. The movie examines the unsustainable rate of consumption of humans that, in turn, produces exorbitant amounts of waste that are adversely affecting the health of the planet.
If you have an interest in environmental and sustainability issues, be sure to check out any or all of these Green Week events, hosted by EcoPledge!