More than 400 students, staff, and alumni will join more than 14,000 volunteers from all over Los Angeles County for the 2010 Heal the Bay Costa Clean-up event on Saturday, September 25 from 9:00 a.m. until noon. Whittier College will clean up the Los Coyote Riverbed Trail which runs from La Mirada to Seal Beach. Coastal Cleanup Day (CCD) is an international event with over 90 countries around the world participating, making it one of the largest volunteer efforts on the planet.
"Many of our students come to campus already understanding the importance of being good stewards for the earth. When they come here, they are seeking ways to make a difference. What we try to teach them is that making a difference is possible, even if it is done in small ways like recycling or using less water. And, by participating in Heal the Bay, a world-wide event, we are providing our new students an opportunity to collectively make a huge positive impact on the environment," said Dean of Students Jeanne Ortiz.
Participation at this even is part of a larger College theme, Poets Go Green, which is designed to promote an eco-friendly consciousness on the campus community. Following this idea, two new campus-wide initiatives have been launched to make the Whittier campus more eco-sustainable. Blue recycling bins can be seen throughout campus making it more convenient for students, faculty, and staff to give recyclable materials a second life. In addition, the Campus Inn now offers plastic reusable to-go containers made of recycled products instead of the traditional paper disposable boxes. Each student with a meal plan has received a token keychain that can be exchanged for a box when taking food to go. Bon AppÃ©tit, the campus dining service provider, has been using the containers on other campuses, but Whittier is the first 100% green site.
Moreover, this year 90 students will be part of a new green living environment at Wanberg Hall. Over the course of the school year, student will be challenged to seek innovative and collaborative ways to live in a more ecologically sound way. Some proposed projects include a community garden, waste compost, and energy/waste reduction campaigns.
According to the Princeton Review, Whittier College is among the country's most environmentally-responsible colleges. The nationally-known education services company selected Whittier for inclusion in a unique resource it has created for college applicants— The Princeton Review's Guide to 286 Green Colleges.