Pablo Puig, Staff Writer

Throughout this semester, the University of Missouri–St. Louis’ Sustainability Office, also known as the Green Team, has continued its efforts to promote environmentally and economically sound initiatives, both on-campus and in communities. 

 So far, the Green Team’s already organized several activities for UMSL and nearby communities. On Sept. 26, they brought in the Ferguson Bike Shop to provide a free bike maintenance workshop, so that participants could either have their bicycles fixed or learn to do so themselves. On Oct. 12, the Green Team ran a Rain Barrel Workshop, in which families turned barrels donated by Coca-Cola into rainwater collectors; there are still barrels available upon request, with most materials and detailed instructions provided by the Sustainability Office. On Oct. 19, the Team was among many groups to join the annual River Des Peres Trash Bash, where trash is collected at certain points of the stream. Several monthly clothing swaps have been held; aside from the free provision of clothes, tie-dying, screen-printing and alterations were all available to participants.

Of course, the Green Team has several events still coming up this semester. In early November, University Meadows will host a presentation to promote sustainability in the dorms. On Nov. 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Team will celebrate Arbor Day on the Woods Lawn—the green space near Woods Hall —with a tent for students, faculty and staff to visit for sustainability talk, free goodies and hourly tree planting. This semester’s next and last clothing swap is set for Nov. 14, from 2 to 5:30 p.m. on the Millennium Student Center’s  ground floor, as usual; this is just one day before America Recycles Day, a time dedicated to promote sustainability across the nation. On Nov. 19, the Team’s final meeting for the semester will be held, should any be interested in joining or simply learning directly from the source.

 Looking past 2019’s Fall Semester, the Green Team is planning for the future, organizing efforts  for monthly Lunch-and-Learn events—in which either the Team or invited guests host workshops or speak on sustainability topics relevant to students—on composting, sewing and on zero-waste lifestyle. Of course, these would be just one of their many initiatives to further their mission for the environment.

While it may be easy to dismiss or lose sight of the push for sustainability, the countless ongoing political upheavals centered around our planet’s condition—be it regarding climate change, diminishing biodiversity, shrinking wilderness or another of these widely ignored issues—shows there are still those with passion and commitment, such as UMSL’s Green Team, to answer the call of such an uphill battle.