Sam Houston students are trying to prove it’s easy being green with the formation of a new Student Environmental Organization.
“The group is what you want it to be,” president Sarah Massey said. “It’s what you care about.”
Massey and secretary Kody White established the group at the end of last semester with the aim of “contributing positively to the university and community through the education of its members on current environmental issues and developing innovative strategies and solutions to bring about change in the environment.”
SEO started actively recruiting, holding meetings and looking for volunteer opportunities this semester.
The group held its second official meeting Tuesday to welcome new members and discuss new opportunities, including a new recycling project for the Bearkat Alley Tailgating events.
Massey said the idea of the recycling project emerged when several members of SEO were inspired by defunct trashcans.
She said the members decided to convert the cans into recycling bins with slight adaptations and use the cans at tailgating events.
SEO set 13 recycle bins out at the first home game against San Angelo to collect cans and bottles. Massey said the project worked to an extent and took the remnants to the Try 2 Recycle Center on 15th St. and Ave. I.
The group will attempt the recycling project again this weekend at the game on Saturday against Central Arkansas. Members will set up the cans on Friday at 5 p.m.
History professor Jeff Crane, faculty advisor, said he was impressed that the group is already actively pursuing recycling projects.
“I think they are doing a good job,” he said.
SEO will hold a meeting Tuesday, October 9th to discuss another possible recycling project for the Homecoming tailgate game. The group hopes to organize an empty can drive to collect recyclables.
“We would like to be a presence at the tailgate,” Massey said.
So far, the group has completed a trash pickup day at Huntsville State Park on the advice of Nancy Gaertner, according to Massey.
Members enjoyed boating, canoeing and cleaning the park.
“It’s about people being responsible for themselves,” Massey said. “We need to understand that we all have to live here together.”
SEO officially holds meetings on the first Tuesday of every month. However, Massey said once the group is more organized it might meet every Tuesday in the Old Main Pitt at 5 p.m.
For more information, visit the Student Environmental Organization group on Facebook or contact SEO President Sarah Massey at SEM012@shsu.edu.