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EEA: Emory Environmental Alliance (Fall 2009 Article)

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Emory Environmental Alliance, EEA, is a student led group
on campus that works to spread awareness of the environmental
movement at and around Emory. We attempt to educate
students about environmental issues facing our society,
but more importantly introduce them to the solutions, many
of which are produced right here in Atlanta.

In order to learn more about environmental issues and solutions,
what other students and professionals are initiating
and researching, and how we can make an impact, our
group has participated in conferences in Georgia, DC, and
Tennessee. In an effort to show students some positive and
progressive parts of a slowly evolving sustainable world we
offer field trips. Our first is a tour of the anticipated Beltline
project, a revolutionary and comprehensive plan to connect
several neighborhoods and key Atlanta locations with
pre-existing train tracks, large parks, and improved living
spaces. EEA attempts to make an impact on the community
through activism. We organize an annual student lobby day
at the Atlanta capitol to discuss environmental policy with local
legislators, attempt to disillusion families about the business
of new coal-fired power plants, and partake in national
and international initiatives, such as 350. Lastly, we take
steps for Emory by initiating a Student Environmental Fund,
for example, which gives students the capacity to improve
Emory in ways not included in the construction plan, such as
installing solar panels.

EEA realizes the value in collaboration and combined efforts
to reach a focused, but wide-spread goal of a safe and
healthy earth. We would like to welcome ideas and projects
and want to thank you for doing your part. To get involved
with EEA come to a general body meeting in Cox Computer
classroom A or email cekelem@emory.edu to join the conference.

-Chloe Ekelem

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