STUDENTS FURTHER THEIR
ENVIRONMENTAL PASSIONS THROUGH
CAMPUS CLUBS AND GROUPS
BY KIM FERNANDEZ
across the country have reported waves
of student environmentalists committed to “greening” their schools through
student-faculty partnerships, environmental clubs, honor-society projects,
and other means. From trash dumps
and recycling sorting to educational
campaigns born from the construction
of greener academic buildings, college
faculty say more students are arriving
on campus in search of environmental
activism and expecting to find it.
Students aren’t the only ones. Faculty
and staff members, too, are working to
There was a time when Patrick Carney hardly thought twice about he environment. He remembers driving down the road with his cousin a few years ago; they were eating, and Carney tossed a napkin out the window. His cousin called him out.
“He asked me what I was doing,”
Carney recalls. “And I said I was just
getting rid of trash.” His cousin looked
at him and said, “The world is messed
From that point on, Carney decided
to be a better steward of his natural
surroundings. Today, he presides over
the student senate at Harper College
in Palatine, Ill., is part of a student/
faculty Green Committee, and is active
with the college’s environmental club.
Most recently he worked with fellow
students to devise an environmental-
awareness campaign and celebrated the
signing of a presidential commitment
to environmentalism on campus.