By Angelina Lacey
At many of our United Methodist institutions of higher education many student groups are working together for climate justice and ecological sustainability. One of these groups, Oklahoma City University Blue Goes Green, is planning for their annual “sustainability week” this academic year. (Dates to be determined.)
All week OCU Blue Goes Green will be tabling outside of the café with a recycling drive. They want to bring awareness to the fact there is not an adequate recycling program on campus. All of the recyclable materials that are brought to the café during sustainability week will be taken to a recycling center at the end of the week.
Furthermore, the group will be highlighting the work of the university’s dining services in some pamphlets and educate students on what they are doing to practice sustainability on campus.
Schedule of Events of OCU’s Sustainability Week:
Monday: Thrift Flip on the Quad. Students will be able to bring and swap clothes, trading clothes with other students. All clothes that aren’t picked up will be donated to organizations around Oklahoma City.
Tuesday: Canvas Painting. Students will have the opportunity to paint their own canvas with a prompt about sustainability, and all canvases not picked up will become part of the decorations on tables for different events.
Wednesday: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Students will bring old scraps, random jewelry, newspaper clippings, plastic bags, and so forth to make into new jewelry and other crafts.
Thursday: Canvas Bag Painting. This project encourages students to use their creative bags for their grocery trips and other errands.
Friday: Don’t Sleep on Climate Change. This fun PJ night with earth-themed trivia will hopefully educate students more on climate change and the state of the earth right now.
Saturday: Service Opportunity at Commonwealth Urban Farm. Most people in organizations need service hours, and this is a really interactive and fun way to learn about sustainable eating, food waste, landfills, composting, and nourishing the soil.
Oklahoma City University Blues Goes Green is a student-led group, and they would love the opportunity to connect with like-minded organizations on other campuses. They can be found on Instagram.
Angelina Lacey (they/them) is president of the student group at Oklahoma City University, called OCU Blue Goes Green.