Sustainability week at TAMUK

Sustainability week at TAMUK

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Earth Day is observed around the world on April 22, although larger events such as festivals and rallies are often organized for the weekends before or after April 22.

Many communities also observe Earth Week or Earth Month, organizing a series of environmental activities throughout the month of April.

Texas A&M University-Kingsville did its contribution by hosting Sustainability Week from April 15-22.

Sustainability week at TAMUK began with a demonstration at the Javelina pallet garden on gardening techniques by Justin Butts from KEDT’s gardening show “Your Wholesome Garden,” and the week culminated with the Earth Day Fair at the pavilion.

Student organizations, as well as faculty and staff, gathered in the Pavilion with educational posters with information on how to reuse, reduce and recycle among other topics.

Laura B. Prange, Director of Campus Sustainability, said it’s important for students, faculty and every individual on earth to recognize and contribute into maintaining the planet.

“Every individual and every community and every institution has the joy, the privilege and the responsibility of doing what they can to honor and take care of our habitat,” Prange said. “Our habitat is our environment, the place in which we live, whether is on the large scale; that is our planet, or just our campus or home.”

She said even though TAMUK is pretty sustainable there is always room to keep improving.

“We are in such an exciting time,” she said. “We are in the process of tracking and measuring how much sustainability we are doing at this point in time.”

Prange said with all the support there is on campus this is being possible. She also advises students to be mindful day to day with the things they can and can’t do in their surroundings but also to keep in mind the positive contributions and opportunities to be more sustainable.

Hunter Balzen, Junior Environmental Engineer, is an intern at the Office of Campus Sustainability, and he said it’s important to have the Earth Day fair because there are many people that don’t have a sense of recycling or sustainability.

Balzen said here at TAMUK they are trying to instill sustainable values, especially to freshman students, so that students can grow and become more used to sustainable values.

“We try to instill this values so that they’ll grow and become more used to sustainable values in recycling,” he said. “So that as they come through TAMUK we see a greater aggregation towards helping the environment, saving the environment.”

Balzen said he hopes that when students graduate from here they’ll keep those values and hopefully take that to their families and to their jobs.

Balzen said him along with other students are working in a landfill awareness project where he hopes students become more aware where their trash is going and hopefully they become more inclined to recycle.

Toni Cortez, volunteer at the Kingsville Recycling Center, was also present to help spread the word on how and where the community can recycle.

She said in order to make the earth a better living environment people need to cooperate and recycle.

“We take newspaper, plastic bottles, cardboard among many other things,” Cortez said.

Cortez said every effort counts and urges people to get involved in recycling events in the community.

She said if you have anything to be recycled to call the recycling center at (361)595-8098 or to visit their location at 202 W Lee Ave, here in Kingsville.

They also have brochures and information on what things they can take as well as the damages that some of the materials that are thrown into the environment cause.