Junior Milan Piva, public relations coordinator for Earth We Are, an eco-friendly club on campus, picks up trash on 56 Highway for the Adopt-A-Highway program on September 29.
Artwork by Callie Paquette.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Everyone hears about saving the earth all the time, but one club on campus is being active and doing its part to make a difference and raise awareness.
“Earth We Are’s main goal is to make students aware that we need to do things to help out Mother Nature,” Director of Natural Areas Roger Boyd said.
Earth We Are promotes environmental awareness on campus. All Baker students are welcome to join.
The club meets at 7 p.m. Thursday every other week.
Members of Earth We Are plan events each year that promote their cause.
Each semester, members of the club invite the campus community to take part in highway cleanups. The club cleans a section of US highway 56 and County Road 1055. The first highway cleanup was Sunday.
“Every person should participate in a highway cleanup at least once while at Baker because the amount of trash on the side of the road will surprise you,” junior Hannah Dalrymple said.
The next highway cleanup will be Oct. 9.
“As of right now, we have about eight to 10 people on (the next) highway cleanup,” junior Milan Piva said. “Everyone should join.”
Members also have a hand in organizing the recycling program on the Baldwin City campus.
Baker’s recycling program, sponsored by Earth We Are, began in 1989.
Earth We Are members work to teach the students of Baker the importance of recycling by supplying the necessary items needed to recycle properly.
Piva said the club received a grant to supply the campus with official blue recycling tubs.
Baker’s main recycling center is located in the parking lot behind Pulliam Hall.
At this site, there are three large, yellow containers for papers, which include newspaper, junk mail, copy paper, phone books, paperback books, shredded paper, brown paper bags and chipboard. There are also barrels for mixed colored glass and a large orange bin for cardboard, plastic, tin and scrap metal. All boxes are good for recycling as well but must be flattened before being placed in the bin.
To prevent trash from blowing around the neighborhood, members of Earth We Are suggest not leaving anything on the ground.
“I have work study students that work with the recycling first-hand but Earth We Are fully supports the program,” Boyd said.
On the Baldwin City campus, recycling is convenient and free.
Earth We Are also chalks the sidewalks with interesting facts and statistics about the environment to inform the community about why saving the earth is so important.