It’s Super Bowl week in Philadelphia and at Chestnut Hill College as all week, students are being encouraged to wear green and wear Eagles gear to support the team. But that’s not all our Griffins, which mythologically speaking, are half lion, half EAGLE, will be doing as far as going green for the week.
Thanks to the efforts of Chartwells and student life, the college, which has always been committed to being stewards of the environment, is taking the opportunity to “Go Green for the Eagles” in a sustainable way as well. Throughout the week, the college will be focused on efforts to educate and bring awareness to the importance of sustainable practices and how students can use campus resources to live a greener life.
On Monday, the college kicked off these efforts by going meatless in the cafeteria. For the entire week, super salad options will be available at all meal times. And while lettuce is leafy green, the reason for the change in menu has to do with the amount of water it takes to produce beef compared to other forms of produce.
On Wednesday, Chartwells will be providing that early morning pick-me up free of charge for members of the college community who bring their own coffee mugs. The coffee, which is provided through sustainable and fair trade partners, will be available from 8-10 a.m. outside of the cafeteria.
To close the week, on Friday from 10-12 p.m. outside of the cafeteria, student life staff will be on hand for people to drop off plastic bags, used batteries, and lightbulbs for recycling. There will be prizes, giveaways, and information about the importance of the 3 R’s: Reduce, reuse, recycle.
‘Green facts,’ such as that it takes 441 gallons of water to produce a pound of ground beef and only 25 gallons to produce a pound of wheat, and that the energy used to create plastic bottles is enough to fuel 1.3 million cars per year, will also be displayed across the monitors on campus throughout the week as well. In addition, Chartwells, which uses at least 10 percent of locally sourced produce in its food offerings, will have a Super Green smoothie on sale all week in McCaffery Lounge.
As a flyer going around campus reads, “small changes can make a big difference!”