PSU students put together university’s first “Campus-Community Green Guide”
PITTSBURG, Kan. – “Sustainability isn’t something huge that’s unattainable,” says Emily Ruble, a senior at Pittsburg State University.
That’s what a group of students at Pitt State want to show their fellow classmates and the community.
Emily Ruble and Nicholas DellaCamera are part of a group of seniors at the university putting together the schools first “Campus-Community Green Guide.”
“It’s basically a guide that is gonna highlight a lot of what Pittsburg State University does for sustainability. So a lot of their initiatives, what they do on campus,” explains Ruble.
Things like using steam to heat buildings instead of using fossil fuels, and planting native plants to help the environment on campus thrive.
“But we wanted to take it a step further and incorporate local businesses because we believe that shopping locally is another part of sustainability. And we wanted to promote that within the Pittsburg Community,” says DellaCamera.
So with the help of the Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce, the group reached out to local businesses to see what they do to be sustainable.
One of them was Root Coffeehouse and Creperie, where they conserve electricity and water, and reduce waste by using electronic receipts and using reusable dishes.
“I think it’s really cool,” says Root Coffeehouse Co-Owner Taylor Whitely. “. I know it’s really important to some people to support businesses that are doing their part. I think it will help people really interested in that to know which places they would prefer to go to.”
“The students are the future of our community and I’m really proud of the way Pittsburg constantly looks for ways to involve students,” explains Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce President Blake Benson. “It’s great to see students stepping up and really taking a role in helping to shape our community for the future.”
Now the students hope that what started as a class project will turn into something that can help guide residents and future students in their efforts to make Pittsburg a more green community.
“We’re all about to graduation, so once we’re gone from here that’s something stay on campus and almost be like a legacy for us and hopefully bring about some good change,” says Ruble.
“We believe that sustainability is the way of the future, and we hope that this guide will be a step toward that,” says DellaCamera.
The guide should be complete in May. The university plans to make it available to students and the public in the fall semester.
This was also the first project on campus to be completed using a grant from the PSU Student Sustainability Fee Council.
The team of students include Emmerson Tice, Nicholas DellaCamera, Lucas Allen, Bailey Kenny, and Emily Ruble.