Earth Day celebration educates students

Assistant Lifestyle editor

Campus and community organizations gathered in the Quad on Wednesday to celebrate Earth Day.

Emily Bippert, anthropology senior and coordinator with Student Volunteer Connection, said the event allowed representatives of environmental organizations to come together and educate the Texas State community.

“We are working with other organizations that promote the environment, like Bobcat Blend and Waste Management (and Recycling), in order to promote the fact that it is Earth Day,” Bippert said. “We want students to become more aware of protecting the environment year-round instead of just during this time.”

Bippert said her main focus is teaching students the importance of cleaning up after themselves, especially given the city’s and university’s growth.

“We should all strive to leave things in the city better than they were when we first got here,” Bippert said. “I think as the university and city grow, we should strive to take really good care of our town and campus.”

Neil Kaufman, wildlife biology senior and vice president of Bobcat Blend, said he hoped to provide information about the organization’s composting measures conducted around the campus and the community.

“Hopefully events like this will help people to become more aware of not just Bobcat Blend but about composting and about what they can do for composting and how composting is used on their campus, unlike many campuses around the country,” Kaufman said.

Taylor Hohensee, geography resource and environmental studies junior, said Earth Day is important because it brings students and faculty together to teach them about local ecological initiatives.

Hohensee enjoyed the Bobcat Blend booth because of the group’s mission to educate students about the importance of composting. 

Kaufman said he hoped to teach Texas State students and members of the community composting doesn’t just benefit the person who does it.

“It is also for their community, state and the earth as a whole,” Kaufman said

Jonathan Alba, chair of the Environmental Service Committee, said he wants the Earth Day event to remind students of the environmental service fee they pay as part of their tuition. The payment exists to sponsor students who create projects that benefit the environment.

“We are an official committee, which means student organizations and independent individuals from Texas State and the community come to us for funding,” Alba said. “We have funded a lot of projects on campus through the environmental service fee that very few people know about.”

Alba said he hopes the committee’s booth will inspire new ideas for environmental projects around the San Marcos area.  

Alba said Earth Day is a reminder that organizations such as his need to work hard to create environmental discussion during the other 364 days of the year.

“It is kind of corny to me that it is only one day,” Alba said. “We should be protecting the environment and thinking about the environment every day, but this just symbolizes one day where everyone can stop and reflect about the earth.”

Alba said students don’t have to call themselves conservationists to help protect the environment.

“We go to school in a special place, and people don’t have to be an environmentalist in order to take care of it,” Alba said. “They can simply do their part by not buying plastic water bottles or not throwing trash on the ground and taking care of the river.”