News

Sustainable U

Now in its fourth year on the University of Miami campus, Sustainable U is this semester changing its culture to better promote a universal sustainable culture and raise awareness of the environment in everyday life.

Unlike many traditional student organizations, Sustainable U will spend almost no time in meetings this year, channeling its members’ efforts and time into student activism and change.

Rebecca Ressl, joined the organization last year and saw room for improvement. She is now the group’s president.

“I thought about what I would like in a club,” Ressl said.

Tired of non-productive and redundant meetings, Ressl decided the meetings would be the first things to go.

Instead of simply coming together in a “windowless room” to discuss the environment, Ressl envisioned a more active approach. As opportunities for action arise this year, the club will send e-mail messages to members, explaining upcoming hands-on events and activities that focus on finding the nature lover in everyone.

Dr. Pamela Reid, an associate professor in marine geology and geophysics and faculty adviser to Sustainable U, thinks that this new approach will inspire more students.

“The activities are more conducive to student involvement,” Reid said.

In an effort to represent different avenues of sustainability, the student organization will explore sustainable fashion designing, take part in Biscayne Bay restoration efforts, plan beach clean-ups and work with an organization called Everglades Outpost to help with animals that have been injured or harmed.

“We want to have enough activities that if someone wants to attend the beach clean-up one weekend, but won’t be able to do the activity the next weekend, that is ok,” Sustainable U secretary, Caitlin Linston, wrote in an emailed message.

The club hopes to expand its membership, but will focus on committed members who want to be active, even if they can’t attend every event.

Last month the group held a bake sale to promote sustainable awareness and stimulate interest. She hopes that the club’s new approach will make a difference in attracting more students to participate

“Examples of sustainability are better than empty words,’ Linston said. “By showing the students how they can be sustainable, we can then bring sustainability to the students, the university, and the local community. “Sustainable U meetings are scheduled for the end of each month in the Cox Science center lobby. For more information, e-mail sustainableu@gmail.com.

October 11, 2009

Reporters

Alexandra Roland


Around the Web
  • Miami Herald
  • UM News
  • HurricaneSports

A six-pack of Hurricanes notes on a Thursday evening: ▪ UM coach Mark Richt has explained his decisi ...

The Miami Hurricanes had traveled half the field to start the second half when coach Mark Richt enco ...

Jeremiah Payton was one of those prospects the Miami Hurricanes coveted from just about the time he ...

The Miami Hurricanes’ secondary continues to get stronger. Miami, which already holds a pair of comm ...

Mark Richt said he’s spending the bye week evaluating everything about Miami’s offense, a process th ...

Two families with deep ties to Miami—the Millers and Fains— celebrate two endowed faculty chair appo ...

A fabulous team of staff and volunteers labors long and hard, primed with school spirit, behind the ...

The University of Miami remembers alumnus Erik Hauri—the man who discovered water on the moon. ...

Through an innovative program, Miami Law students are empowering local high schoolers to think like ...

The global exploration, media, and education company will kick off a national campaign at UM to offe ...

University of Miami head coach Gino DiMare released the Hurricanes' 2019 baseball schedule Thur ...

The University of Miami men's tennis team will take part in the ITA Southeast Regional Champion ...

The University of Miami women's swimming & diving team returns to competition this weekend, ...

The University of Miami volleyball team is set to host Clemson and Georgia Tech in the first of four ...

Four members of the Miami women's tennis team will take part in the ITA Southeast Regional Cham ...

TMH Twitter
About TMH

The Miami Hurricane is the student newspaper of the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla. The newspaper is edited and produced by undergraduate students at UM and is published weekly in print on Tuesdays during the regular academic year.