Green Team asks for more green to be more green

By Mitchelle Andrews & Bianca Gonzales

ASI Senate will discuss a $2.50 fee increase to fund green
projects on campus. If passed by the senate, the increase would
have to be approved by the student bodyCal Poly Pomona’s Green
Team introduced a proposal at last Thursday’s ASI Senate meeting
for The Green Initiative Fund that would require a $2.50 ASI fee
increase.

TGIF’s goal would be to make Cal Poly a leader in sustainability
through on-campus, student-led projects.

“We really want people to know when you step on campus at Cal
Poly, it’s all about sustainability,” said Rosie Squires, Green
Team co-president and second-year regenerative studies graduate
student.

The team explained this fund would benefit the entire university
community by not only creating work and internship opportunities,
but also a more eco-friendly campus.

Cynthia Corrales, Green Team secretary and fifth-year
environmental biology student, explained TGIF projects should be
diligent in involving as many students as possible.

“[A goal of TGIF is to] stimulate on campus projects that are
multi-disciplinary,” she said.

TGIF would fund potential projects including computer lab energy
reduction and bike-share programs. They said Cal Poly would prosper
through TGIF by certain projects that may be geared toward
conserving energy and natural resources. According to Green Team
members, these projects may include decreased energy and water
inputs along with decreased CO2 and other emission outputs.

In addition to TGIF relating to students, Lindsey Stuvick, Green
Team co-president and second-year regenerative studies graduate
student explained that everybody should be able to get something
out of the initiative.

The Green Team has faced several obstacles. One challenge the
Green Team faces is gaining student support for passing the
initiative. The team hopes to stimulate more awareness regarding
TGIF through a rigorous public relations campaign with the goal of
implementing this initiative for fall 2010.

Specific UC campuses have adopted this “green fund” within the
past five years, including UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC Santa Barbara and
UC San Diego. Cal State university schools such as CSU Humboldt,
CSU Monterey Bay and CSU Chico have also adopted similar
programs.

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is also working on a TGIF campaign.
Besides California, campuses nationwide are working to adopt funds
to generate a more sustainable environment.

UCSB’s Campus Sustainability Coordinator Jill Richardson
believes TGIF is vital for all college campuses.

“The concept of sustainability is found almost everywhere you
look now,” Richardson said. “Campuses would be doing a disservice
to their students as effective future employees and community
members if they didn’t provide some basic understanding of what it
means to be sustainable and the skill sets to tackle the challenges
presently facing all of us.”

Richardson views TGIF as beneficial for the campus community and
students alike.

“TGIF has funded projects that would otherwise have not
occurred,” she said. “TGIF has funded many internships that have
provided students with hands-on, real-world experience in many
areas of sustainability. It’s a win-win for the campus.”

This initiative is currently up for discussion among the ASI
Senate members. If passed, students will vote on the initiative
during the spring quarter.

For more information on Cal Poly Pomona’s Green Team or TGIF,
visit their official Web site at
http://cppthegreenteam.weebly.com/.

Reach the authors at: news@thepolypost.com

Green Team asks for more green to be more green

Roland Tran/Poly Post

Green Team asks for more green to be more green

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