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Environmental Club Update, December 2013

Caroline Andrews '14

The Environmental Club has had an exciting and memorable first semester. Under the leadership of Susannah Pazdan, Courtney Lee, and Courtney Foster, the club achieved multiple goals and continued their variety of programs that help the student body stay environmentally aware. The year started off to an amazing start with around 50 people signing up at the club fair, but various conflicts has kept weekly attendance at around 10 to 15 for each meeting. This smaller size makes for focused and productive biweekly meetings.

One of their largest projects this year has been their fundraising efforts with the sales of their Environmental-Grams. Each Environmental-Gram included some fun treats and an interesting fact about the environment or recycling. Many students took this opportunity to send some joy to a friend or faculty member. These were sold during the first week of November, and students appreciated the post-Halloween candy fix. The club raised about $100 from the sale, and these funds will be used in the Earth Week festivities in April. This will be the club’s biggest project for the upcoming semester, and Pazdan looks forward to this, “important week so that we can raise awareness for our environment.” The organization will continue to better the environment around CCES through the various gardens on campus, the recycling programs, and their anti-idle campaign, “B˛”.

The final hoorah for Environmental Club’s first semester was the annual Christmas party. The members brought festive treats and they enjoyed spending the time to grow closer as a group. Pazdan reflects that it was “a good time for us so that when we come back to school we will be ready to do more things for our school’s campus environment.”