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Greeks Go Green

One of Greek life’s greatest achievements is Greeks Go
Green, a club dedicated to bringing environmental awareness
and activism to the Greek community. Greeks Go
Green was founded on Emory’s campus in 2006 by Nicolai
Lundy, of Alpha Tao Omega, and Whitney Hannan, of Kappa
Kappa Gamma, after the two attended a Pan-Hellenic
meeting their sophomore year, in which Greeks Go Green
from other schools were advertising the organization. When
Lundy won Emory’s highest senior honor, the Marion Luther
Brittain Award, he cited his work with Greeks Go Green as
his proudest.
Following the economic crisis, and Emory’s subsequent refusal
to grant the organization any money, I have found new
ways to involve the Greek community in environmental activism
as the organization’s new director. Through the new
Greeks Go Green Award, Greeks Go Green system of Representatives,
and sales of the Discount Food Card, I hope to
continue Lundy and Hannan’s legacy of success with environmentalism
on the Row.
In order to fund additional educational programs on campus
such as a speaker series and tree planting, Greeks
Go Green has paired up with Discount Food Cards to raise
money. The small business started by Zachary Garber and
Daniel Waltzer of the Goizetta Business School, Discount
Food Cards offers a year-long 20% discount at Med Grill,
and a 15% discount at Whole Foods, Artuzzis, Raging Burrito,
Yoforia, and many more restaurants around the Emory
area. The sale of every card sees a $2 donation to the club,
and, when used at Whole Foods, an organic and sustainable
food choice.
An important event that the proceeds will help fund is Greeks
Go Green’s annual spring Greeks Go Green Competition, in
which each fraternity and sorority vies to recycle the most
paper, plastic, and aluminum, and reduce energy consumption
in their houses. In place of the cash prize, Victor Felts,
Emory’s Director of Sorority and Fraternity Life, has added
a “Greeks Go Green” Award to the highly competitive Greek
Awards Ceremony, which will be given to the winner of the
competition.
A long term goal of the organization is to institute an efficient
and effective recycling program on the row, which unfortunately
is quite lacking. Despite the recycling dumpsters in
between the Row and the tennis courts, most fraternities still
do not recycle. In fact, the recycling bins that were given to
the houses by the Emory Recycles department have gone
missing (no comment on how they have mysteriously vanished),
so only trashcans are available for disposal. For
anyone who has ever attended a party on fraternity row, this
should come as a huge shock. The abundance of beer cans
consumed is downright excessive, especially given the fact
that fraternities cannot serve beer in kegs, but are required
to serve beer in cans. During a party, fraternities purchase
anywhere from 30 to 70 extra cases of beer; that’s over 700
to 1700 cans of beer per party.
Now, every sorority and fraternity must send representatives
to Greeks Go Green’s monthly meetings; these representatives
are responsible for filing a Recycling Form with Emory
Recycles for every event registered on campus. Once Emory
Recycles receives these forms, they will bring extra recycling
bins to the party and pick up the recycling at the end.
Assuming that the representatives actively file recycling request forms as directed in the Event Planning Forms required by Mr. Felts, this new
system will save thousands of beer cans from the landfill, and will help Emory University as a whole come closer to fulfilling its environmental goals.
-Rachel Gluck

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2 Responses

  1. Rachel,

    I am so impressed with your efforts to raise environmental awareness in the Greek community. You’re creative solutions for funding GGG initiatives are inspiring. I love that you organized monthly meetings and now require Recycling Forms to be completed prior to events.

    Keep up the good work!

    Whitney

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