SGA organizes Environment Week to promote awareness of environmental issues – The Shield


Students promote environmental protection with celebrations of Environment Week and Earth Day.

The Student Government Association organized Environment Week from April 18-22, including various events to raise awareness of environmental issues. Other clubs and groups, such as the Vegetarian Club and the Hispanic Student Union, had their own events and stations to encourage students to help the environment.

Environment Week is organized annually by the SGA’s Environmental Protection Committee. Chase DeBruyn, SGA’s executive vice president of environmental protection, chaired the committee.

“The more people who value the environment, the more people will want to protect the environment,” DeBruyn said. “I hope students will gain from Environment Week increased awareness and knowledge about the environment both as students and as citizens.”

Environment Week consisted of various events aimed at increasing environmental awareness. Throughout the week, students were encouraged to gather and donate various items, such as food and succulents.

Sophomore nursing student Alexandria Allison and freshman biology student Madison Williams are selling succulents in Evansville at the Breezeway for Alpha Sigma Tau on Tuesday. (Photo by Bryce West)

The Hispanic Student Union participated in Environment Week by providing free plants to students and organizing other activities to bring people together at Rice Plaza on Thursday.

“We wanted to celebrate Earth Day, and we’re giving out free succulents as well as free food and canvas paint just for students to get together,” said Franchesca Laurencio, Student Union President. hispanics.

Sophomore Alexandria Allison and freshman biology student Madison Williams have been selling succulents at the Breezeway all week for Alpha Sigma Tau.

“Each succulent costs $5, and all proceeds go towards keeping Evansville beautiful,” Allison said. “It’s just something we can do to help make the Earth a little better.”

Vegetarian Club, Philosophy Club and SustainAbility adviser Mary Stoll said the clubs have held a few events in conjunction with each other. Some of these included a picnic and the screening of a documentary called Reinventing Power, which featured jobs in renewable energy.

“The Veg Club hopes people will look at the impacts their food has on the planet,” Stoll said. “One of the most important things, according to the United Nations, that an individual can do to reduce their impact on greenhouse gas emissions is to change their diet. The lower down the food chain you eat, the less resources are used.

Franchesca Laurencio, president of the Hispanic Student Union, attending the club’s Earth Day event Thursday at Rice Plaza. (Photo by Bryce West)

Lauren Pilkington, Senior Radio and Television Specialist, who attended most of the events, said she enjoyed Environment Week overall.

“I think USI and every club involved have done a great job of bringing the community together to celebrate Earth Day and the end of the year,” Pilkington said.

DeBruyn said, “It will be important for our generation to have an increased vigor for environmental protection and activism as climate change worsens.”


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