Today marked the beginning of the first ever Mobilize U event help on the Fort Hays State University campus. Sponsored by the Global Leadership Project, Mobilize U is an international competition between schools and universities designed to get students actively involved in making their campus a greener place. The events are centered on Earth Day, which takes place on April 22.
Today, at the Mobilize U kick-off event, students, faculty and staff collected cans in the lobby of the Memorial Union from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. to be recycled. All the money collected from recycling the cans will be used to help purchase pigs for a school in Kenya to help create sustainable eating habits.
The events will continue throughout the month, with several opportunities for the campus to get involved in going green.
“We were trying to think of things to do for Earth Day, and we had a couple of activities planned. When we heard about this competition, we thought it would be a good thing for Fort Hays to participate in,” said junior Kelly Nuckolls, GLP intern. “It also gives us a four-week period to do different things for Earth Day, so that’s really nice. We’re hoping to get the university to do as much environmental activism and green events as possible and continue those activities in the future.”
Along with the Cans for Kenya event, GLP will also be hosting a groundbreaking for the Forsyth Library Garden, an educational garden that will give students the chance to learn about the aspects of gardening and what is involved. The groundbreaking will take place April 20 at Forsyth Library.
GLP will also encourage the campus to reduce its carbon footprint with the “No Cars on the Quad” day. Everyone on campus is encouraged to skip driving to Fort Hays for the day and opt to use another means of transportation to get to campus.
“I think it’s important because it will show that FHSU is one of the universities that enjoy civic engagement and make sure that our earth is a better place. I think this is a good stepping stone, and I think there are a lot of students on campus that already do things, even if it’s just recycling. It will be pretty interesting to see, come the end of Mobilize U, what Fort Hays has done to be more environmentally friendly,” Nuckolls said.
GLP encourages students and faculty who are getting involved with environmentally friendly activities, projects and everyday regimes during the Mobilize U month to email GLP at firstname.lastname@example.org and share what they are doing to make a difference. The activities will be recorded by GLP and sent off at the end of the mobilize month.