After the disbanding of the campus conservation group, Wild Wayne, sophomore English and secondary education major Heather Carr responded by organizing a take two. Today, she’s calling on Wayne State students to "Get Up and Get Green."
As the Pink Goes Green Chair for her sorority Delta Zeta, Carr says she was inspired to learn more about the environment. Upon finding out Wild Wayne was no longer active, Carr hoped to keep green conversations going on campus.
“I wanted to bring it back and try to get some new faces into the environmental community,” Carr says. “I think it’s a good way to get people more informed, because you can never have too much information about problems in the environment.”
She says Get Up and Get Green is an outlet for students who want to talk about different types of environmental issues, and each week they will focus on specific problems.
The club is for students who want to learn more about what it means to live on a planet that has set global temperature records for the third straight year and in a country that is responsible for the world’s second largest amount of carbon emissions.
“In my club, we want to try to cover things that people are really interested in, so we want to get a forum going and pick different topics during the week to talk about,” Carr says. “If someone has a video they saw or an article they read, they can save it and bring it up at the beginning of the meeting.”
However, information and discussion is only one part of the club. The other is action.
For now, Carr says their biggest goal is to start locally. Get Up and Go Green has joined other groups with environmental interests on campus to meet with the Office of Campus Sustainability’s Daryl Pierson to discuss improvements to WSU’s recycling system.
Vice President Cassidy Perlick, a transfer student from Michigan State University majoring in early childhood education, says she and Carr delivered a proposal to Pierson for sustainability stations that can’t be missed and are maintained by students.
“Each [club] member would be responsible for their [sustainability] station and recyclables within. They would put it in a location they might often walk by,” Perlick says.
Alongside the proposed sustainability stations, the organization plans to create posters that explain what can and cannot be recycled.
As someone who grew up in a very green household, Perlick says it’s been irksome having to lug her recyclables back home, because she hasn’t seen an easily accessible system in Detroit.
“I want to make people more aware of what they can be doing for the environment and its health,” Perlick says. “Michigan State is very much on top of the recycling bandwagon, it’s all over and extremely encouraged. I don’t see this as much at Wayne State and that puzzles me. I feel like each college should have an extensive plan of attack to help filter our waste for our environment”
Carr and Perlick say any member of the WSU community with an interest in science and the health of the earth is welcome to join in, and they are already looking toward more projects their group can be involved in.
“As the weather warms up, we will also be partaking in things such as trash walks - cleaning the community… and being educated on how to garden and recycle,” Perlick says.
Carr says Get Up and Go Green will be participating in Rouge Rescue, the annual Rouge River clean up taking place on May 20, and they are developing ideas to raise awareness and rally engagement for Earth Hour 8:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. on March 25 and Earth Day on April 22.
Get Up and Go Green will meet every Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Student Center in Room 201. Students who are interested can contact Carr at email@example.com.