Chestertown, MD — "George Goes Green," the environmental-sustainability initiative at Washington College, enters its third year this April with a variety of events and activities.
George Goes Green is a campus-wide initiative for sustainability, encompassing everything from local foods in the dining hall to energy conservation in the dorms. Every time someone on campus does something to preserve the environment, improve the campus community, or make connections with the Chestertown community, they're helping George Go Green.
Since 2006, when George Goes Green was launched, campus sustainability efforts and student awareness have grown faster than a melting Arctic ice-sheet. The ever-growing movement has begun to attract acclaim—locally, regionally and nationally. In the spring of 2007 George Goes Green received glowing coverage in a syndicated feature article distributed by the Capital News Service. And Washington College was highlighted in a cover story in the Fall 2007 issue of Newsweek's campus-oriented magazine Current, which reaches 225,000 students nationwide. In addition to being selected for the magazine's cover photo, Washington College now also has the distinction of having been awarded "Sexiest in Sustainability" status by Newsweek.
The awareness-raising has been paying off: Today, students, faculty and staff sign a voluntary Green Pledge, dorms compete to see which can be the most energy-efficient, and the College is now, by its President's signature, on board with a nationwide campus-sustainability pledge.
This spring's George Goes Green campaign includes four themes and four ways to save, rolled out week by week through the month of April: Week One — Water Conservation. Week Two — Energy Conservation. Week Three — Waste Reduction. Week Four — Earth Week. A host of green-themed lectures, presentations and events throughout the month culminates with an Earth Day celebration on April 26. For details on all that's happening during George Goes Green Month at Washington College, go to http://georgegoesgreen.com/.
April 1, 2008