Start of the New Semester

10 01 2012

SIUE went back to school this week, starting off the spring 2012 semester. Whether or not that is a good thing for your life is disputable, however we know it is great to have the club start back up again. We have a lot of excellent activities we want to do in SOS this semester, and we are very excited for the new year.

One of those new and exciting activities is getting this blog up and running! For our first post, we want to tell you a little bit about ourselves and what we did last semester.

SOS stands for Student Organization for Sustainability. We are a student organization/club at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, IL. The main goal of SOS is to educate our campus on environmental issues, ranging from the local to the global scale, and to instruct the campus on ways to solve these environmental problems. We hope this blog can serve as a platform to help with our goal.

SOS was very busy this last semester! The rest of this post will be a timeline of some of our major activities of the semester.

We kicked off the fall 2011 semester by trying to get new members at our table in the Goshen Lounge for new incoming students at SIUE. Almost every club had a table, and SOS was well represented with ours. We had a blind water taste test to see if students prefer the bottled water sold on campus or the water from the fountains on campus. We also had free candy, free reusable SOS water bottles, informative posters, a bike to advertise SIUE’s bike share program, and friendly SOS members to talk with. It was a great success.

We then created our very own Twitter account!

Right after that, we had the SOS social. This was an event for SOS members and SIUE students to come mingle and catch the sustainability tingle!

SIUE hosted a STL Regional Higher Education Sustainability Consortium in the campus’ Lovejoy Library.

We then held an organic bake sale in Peck Hall. There were tons of delicious baked goods, like cookies and cupcakes of all kinds, to buy and  enjoy. We also handed out some more free swag at the bake sale, including The Campus Climate Challenge stickers, Clean Air St. Louis bags, and tips for going green while in college.

SOS and the Sierra Club teamed up for a movie night. They showed Thirst and held a discussion after the film.

Then an event, that changed our club and helped us develop a direction for SOS, happened. Three members of SOS, our officers, got to travel to Pittsburgh, PA for the 2011 AASHE conference. (We plan on devoting at least one blog post for these officers to talk about their experience at AASHE.)

SOS then decided to get crafty and make a visible demonstration for the student body. We collected used and discarded plastic bottles on campus, then we connected them all together on a rope, and finally we displayed this on campus for Campus Sustainability Day to show SIUE students how wasteful buying water and soda bottles can be.

Also on Campus Sustainability Day, we started to ask the students of SIUE if they would want their school to get an Office of Sustainability on campus. We had petitions for students to sign to show their support. SOS even had its very own mascot asking for signatures!

Finally, to end the year, SOS created committees within the club and asked its members to volunteer to be committee coordinators. Now, this semester, we hope to have these committees really getting work done and helping SIUE students become informed on environmental issues and even having SIUE become a greener campus.

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