St. Vincent, Quad go green for Earth Week
Published: Saturday, April 21, 2012
Updated: Monday, August 27, 2012 16:08
As you walk through the Quad this week, you might see some of the typical summertime DePaul sights: cargo short clad Frisbee throwers, beanie-wearing hipsters discussing the finer points of Foucault and endless bikes, blades and boards covering the green space between the trees. With all of this excitement, it might be easy to forget that it's “Earth Week.” That is, until you look at the trees.
The DePaul University Green Team began an initiative called “Cans Across Campus” last Monday to kick off the week-long environmentalism celebration. On each of the trees in the quad, there are bottles and cans hanging from string creating an effect that screams artistic vandalism. Yet upon further inspection, the bottles represent quite the opposite. Green Team supervisor, Cecelia Jacobson, says that the cans are meant to be a demonstration to increase awareness.
“We hung the cans out there to increase awareness around campus about our sustainability efforts,” said Jacobson. “It’s part of the larger effort to make the residence halls more sustainable in terms of consumption.”
Each can is laminated and features a fact about environmentalism. One can reads: the amount of sunlight that falls on the Earth’s surface in one minute is sufficient to meet world energy demand for an entire year. Each can contains a unique fact and features the Green Team information.
“All this week there will be events around LPC to help increase environmental awareness,” said Jacobson. “We’re working to get people excited about being green.”