Architecture Students Launch "Maroon Is Green"
Thursday, April 17, 2008
An environmental fair, live music and even a sampling of green cuisine are among the features of the “Maroon is Green Sustainable College Initiative” that students in the Texas A&M University College of Architecture are launching to commemorate Earth Day.
The program will begin at 1 p.m. Tuesday (April 22) at the Langford Architecture Center and will continue through the afternoon. Several short presentations featuring speakers from local environmental groups are scheduled, as well as demonstrations from various groups.
At 4 p.m., a feast featuring green cuisine – low-carbon footprint appetizers made from local organically grown vegetables – will be served. Though the menu will ultimately be determined by availability, the chef’s suggestions will include sweet potato and quinoa salad, Israeli couscous salad, gruyere and roasted onion grilled on gluten-free bread, soba noodle salad, baba ghanoush with toasted pita and more.
The program is being spearheaded by the Texas A&M student chapters of the American Institute of Architecture Students, the American Society of Landscape Architects and the Emerging Green Builders. They are collaborating to promote and establish green, sustainable practices throughout the college throughout the year. New recycling bins for aluminum, paper and plastic will be distributed throughout the Langford Architecture Center, and the groups are developing a strategy for sustaining the college recycling effort.
To that end, the participating student groups have already helped the college pick out new recycling bins for aluminum, paper and plastic that will be distributed throughout the Langford Architecture Center. They are also developing a strategy for sustaining the college recycling effort and are planning an awareness campaign that will kick off with the Earth Day celebration.
“Environmental stewardship has long been a central component of the College of Architecture’s core curriculum,” said Charles Graham, the college’s executive associate dean. “For years we’ve talked the talk, and now it’s time we walk the walk. With the launch of the ‘Maroon is Green Sustainable College Initiative’ and the support of our students, we are demonstrating a college-wide commitment to do exactly that. Though we may be starting small,” he continued, “in the months and years ahead we will strive to make our college a model of sustainable living.”
Several participating organizations will offer live demonstrations of sustainable practices, such as composting, and representatives from the Maroon Bike Project are bringing their tools to work on students’ bicycles. Also, several local car dealerships have been invited to showcase their hybrid vehicle lines.
The Flyers, a homegrown band with several members currently enrolled in Texas A&M College of Architecture degree programs, will help kick off the Earth Day celebration at 1:15 p.m. with a short set. Lead singer Bob Turek and percussionist Seth Brunner are both environmental design students. Keaton Tucker, the Flyers’ bassist, is a landscape architecture student.
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