UNB Saint John has facilitated many different clubs and societies over the years, uniting students through their common interests. Although relatively new to the scene, the UNB Saint John Green Society has already made an impact on campus.
Concerned about the university’s ecological footprint, former student, Isaac Jones, founded the group in 2009. Alongside the Students’ Representative Council (SRC), Jones was able to kick start UNB Saint John’s bottle recycling program.
The group has since grown after recruiting several volunteers for the recycling program and gaining annual funding from the SRC – a $5 fee per student. Steady income and bottle refunds have allowed the Green Society to participate in outreach programs like movie nights and Earth Day events, while also maintaining the trail systems and other programs around campus.
Third-year Biology student, Kayleigh Chaston has been associated with the Green Society since 2011 and now serves on the executive team. Her passion for nature is undeniable. “I’ve always had an environmental conscience, and my interest in environmental issues has only been heightened by my studies in biology,” says Chaston, “courses like that teach you a lot about the planet and definitely make you appreciate it for the special thing it is!”
The group’s mission statement found on their website consists of five major points: reducing UNB Saint John’s ecological footprint while increasing energy efficiency, generating public awareness and student interest in environmental issues, and supporting sustainable and accessible education. Chaston adds: “Outside of our dedication to environmental programs on campus, such as the recycling program or our waste audit, we believe it is important to encourage an appreciation for nature and our planet in general.”
The club will be hosting a variety of events throughout the school year including a hike along the Fundy Footpath this upcoming Saturday, Nov. 2. Not only is the hike a great excuse to take a study break, it’s also an opportunity for students to get out of the house, enjoy the outdoors and meet other students with similar interests. The group will be meeting in the Ganong Hall lobby at 8:00 a.m. Transportation will be assigned for those that need it.
Additional information regarding this free event, along with other great material pertaining to the Green Society can be found on their website at www.sites.google.com/site/unbgreensociety.
The group can also be found on twitter @UNBGreen. Students looking to join the Green Society are encouraged to select the “contact us” tab on the group’s website.