Thursday, November 19, 2009
As pop music blared from the speakers and their friends cheered, Siena students strutted their stuff on a makeshift runway in the Sarazen Student Union.
They weren’t trying to impress Tyra Banks or Michael Kors. Instead, the volunteer models did their little dances on the catwalk wearing various eco-friendly fashions, ranging from organic workout gear to eco-evening gowns from Runway 7, in hopes of impressing upon fellow students that you can look good and help the environment at the same time.
“It’s not just hippies walking around in flip flops and yoga pants,” said senior marketing major and fashion show organizer Kaitlin Milliot. “College kids can afford and wear eco-friendly fashions.”
The Eco-Fashion Show was just one of the events during Siena’s Campus Sustainability Day celebration.
The Environmental Club joined several offices and departments on campus in bringing awareness to simple things students, faculty and staff can do to conserve energy and help the environment.
“It’s in keeping with our Franciscan values. It doesn’t take a huge change. Little things can make a difference,” said Director of Residential Life, Mel Beach as she encouraged students to write down a way they would try to become more environmentally friendly.
The Housekeeping Department showed students eco-safe products they could use to clean their rooms and townhouses, Public Safety displayed its new hybrid vehicle and the Career Center discussed “green” job opportunities.
Outside agencies including the Capital District Transportation Authority, Unity House and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority were also on hand talking to students about everything from carpooling and using public transportation to the Capital Region’s growing “green” job market.
Environmental Club President and Sustainability Day organizer Emily Merritt said she hopes the events make Siena students think a little more about the environment during their everyday lives.
“I want them to gain a better awareness of what they can do personally to live a more sustainable lifestyle. It doesn’t have to be a job. It can be a fun experience,” Merritt said.
Merritt also said she hopes the day’s events will make people realize that conserving energy, preserving natural resources and protecting the environment will always be in style.
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