As the days go by, the need to fill one’s day with activities and hobbies increases exponentially. To address this Suffolk County Community College recognizes this want, and has presented its student and faculty with opportunities to provide enough incentive to pass the time.
One such incentive started on April 22, otherwise known as Earth Day.
By participating in environmentally friendly activities sponsored by Suffolk, one can remain actively aware of their environmental impact as well as assist others to create a safer, cleaner community.
At Suffolk, students and faculty are encouraged to “get green” by participating in the “one less challenge,” a challenge which pushes for people to use one less plastic item from their everyday lives.
The challenge, aptly named Suffolk Gets Green, while active during the month of April, does not need to end simply because it is no longer April. Indeed, students and faculty – especially those in need of an activity to pass the time – can take up an actively green lifestyle at any time.
“I think it’s nice for Suffolk to keep this up on their webpage, even after the allotted date has passed because it’s a nice message: going green,” said Jessica Dennis, an environmental science student says.
Dennis, who is currently not working and remains at home for most of the day continued, “I like the idea of being able to fill up my day with little activities; it helps the time pass and keeps my anxieties at bay.”
Above all else, Suffolk commends those participating to do so with creativity. In fact, anyone who wishes to be recognized for their efforts can do so by sending in their pictures which document their environmental efforts to email@example.com.Suffolk will then share the image on their college social media channels.
Additionally, for anyone who is uncertain of how to start their green lifestyle, Suffolk provides a few ways to reduce. They start with, “brew a pot/cup of coffee instead of using a coffee pod; use a glass or reusable water bottle instead of a plastic bottle,” and close with, “wear your glasses instead of contacts for a day or two.”
Although, these are not the only ways to be green.
Milton Moore, a sociology major who has, “an avid love for all things green,” said that people can take it one step further.
“Shop from small, local businesses to improve the local economy; use tooth tablets instead of toothpaste; buy in bulk, with your own glasses and containers to avoid plastic packaging and eat less meat.”
Moore said that the agricultural industry is “one of the highest contributing factors” to greenhouse gases, so when one “reduces the incentive to buy, and encourages others to do so as well, the agricultural industry, cattle included, may have their numbers reduced, and their environmental impact changed. At least, I hope.”
Regardless of how to “get green,” being green is important as maintaining a healthy and stable environment to live in is a worthy, and exceedingly necessary cause.
Susan Hayword, a 21-year-old chemistry student adivsed, “We only have one Earth, so it’s important to take care of it.”