New College Leads Sustainability Efforts on Campus

UA’s Environmental Council (ECo) has been effectively engaging the student body in environmental issues for years. Reflecting their commitment to non-hierarchical ways of affecting change, this year’s ECo adopted a “snowflake” organizational model of leadership.

They have also been involved in numerous sustainability efforts, including working with Bama Dining to incorporate more sustainable food choices into dining halls, collaborating with Honors College to create a course in sustainable development, and coordinating with administrative bodies to establish a “sustainability fund” for campus.

Eco exemplifies the depth of creativity, foresight, and initiative New College students can bring to any organization or team. The group enjoys a diverse mix of students from across campus, but many of the current leaders are New College students, including Anna Turkett, studying zoo education; Olivia Besinger, studying ecological economics; Robert Cayaban, studying environmental policy planning, and Jennifer Davidson, interdisciplinary environmental studies.

Author: Caitlin McClusky