At last Thursday’s SGA meeting, freshman Samuel Shulman proposed that Elmhurst University students should develop environmentally sustainable practices by participating in the online engagement platform, “Campus Ecochallenge.”
“It’s a website designed to socially engage university students in measurable, sustainable practices,” Shulman said about campus.ecochallenge.org. “You can use the platform to make teams within a university and compete with each other to see who can earn the most points by doing sustainable activities.”
Participating students will engage in eco-conscious practices such as turning off the lights when leaving a room, using a reusable water bottle, or taking shorter showers. Students will earn points as they complete activities such as these.
“You’re able to earn anywhere between five to fifteen points based on an action you do,” Shulman explained. Shulman plans on awarding a prize to the individual who collects the most points.
The event is currently being prepared for next year. “I think it would be best to get it in the fall because there’s so many incoming freshmen and transfer students,” he said.
Shulman believes the Ecochallenge will not only give the university a better look, but will also help students establish resourceful and environmentally friendly habits in the long run.
“It will ingrain sustainable habits in newer students that they will continue to do even when the challenge isn’t happening,” said Shulman.