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Remember how I said I was Environmental Club president? Well, it’s time to get back on my game and start shamelessly promoting some events.
First, we have our annual Recyclemania campaign running from February 2nd – March 29th, so there will be periodic trivia and prizes for that.  Recyclemania is basically a nationwide competition for colleges to see who can recycle the most…I’ll be real with you, Fontbonne probably isn’t gonna win any prizes running against the big dogs, but we get free stuff for signing up and it helps raise awareness, so I’m all about it.
Also in February – the 17th through the 21st – will be our first shot at “No Impact Week”, which involves signing up people to do one or more sustainable activities for at least one week. We’ll document their success/failure based on social media posts and give a prize at the end. Come find us on the 17th to sign up!! We’ll be in DSAC and Ryan Hall during lunch and dinner.
Further ahead, we’ll have a eco-friendly make-your-own spring cleaners event in March, and then our big ticket item, the Environmental Fair, will be in April. That’s the lineup for my last semester as Environmental Club president, and I wanna do it big. Come support us!


Hard to believe it, but I’ll be moving back into the good ol’ Fontbonne dorms in less than two weeks. Strangely enough, it seems that each time I make the trek back, I have EVEN MORE STUFF to bring with me….I digress. I’ve had a marvelous time relaxing, reading, running, cooking, and crafting at home this summer, but I certainly won’t mind having my college friends back in my life!

Speaking of moving back, I did some shopping today for the Environmental Club’s annual Move-In Bonanza! This year we’ll be raffling off organic cotton sheets and towels, sustainable glass storage bowls, and lots of yummy local/organic snacks! So if you’re going to be living on campus next semester, look for our table when you’re moving in!

Enjoy your remaining summer and make every moment count!


Well now that it’s officially summer, ironically I’ve begun to think a bit ahead to the start of the next school year. Don’t get me wrong, I’m fully enjoying all my luscious free time by running, baking, crafting, reading, tanning, etc. etc. – But there are definitely a few things I’m excited about for next semester! First of all, I think I’ve got a good batch of interesting classes coming up, like Advanced Nutrition, Medical Nutrition Therapy, and my Dietetics Internship Prep seminar. I’m also pumped to be living on campus in my favorite little 3rd floor suite. But most of all, I’m excited about the Fall 2013 Dedicated Semester: SUSTAINABILITY!!!!!

I just got my t-shirt:

As president of the Environmental Club, I’ve been part of the planning committee  for the past couple of months, and I’m happy to see it all coming together. We’ve got some great stuff coming up, so I hope you’re all as excited as I am! And don’t worry, you know I’ll keep you posted with lots of shameless plugs. But for now, enjoy summer!


TerraCycle: It’s a word that sounds like “recycle”, and that’s basically what it means, but it’s a little different than your average paper/plastic/glass recycling jazz. TerraCycle is taking stuff that you wouldn’t think could be recycled, and turning it into something else useful, like a binder, or a backpack, or a fencepost.  And many times you can’t even tell!  There are lots of different programs, or “brigades” within Terracycle. Some of the products that Fontbonne collects (because you gotta know we’re all about TerraCycle) are tape rolls, candy wrappers, chip bags, cereal bags, beauty product containers, drink pouches, and ink jet cartridges. We collect all these items, send them in to their brigade HQs when we get enough (using boxes I find in the stairwells at Fontbonne, natch), and are rewarded “points”, which can be turned into cash for our school.

We’ve been doing really well so far! As a matter of fact, we sent in some shipments at the end of the school year, and I recently was informed that Fontbonne University was one of the top ten collecting colleges/universities in the Personal Care and Beauty Brigade. So we just got 10,000 bonus points! That translates to about $100 added to our account. Go Fontbonne!

Also, we just sent in our first shipment to the Scotch Tape brigade, and got a prize pack. Here’s a picture:

(CD case from toilet paper packages, pencil pouch from drink pouches, lotsa tape rolls, and wall stickers!)

So basically, TerraCycle is a great program that not only rewards the environment, but Fontbonne as well! Keep up the collecting!


Green is my favorite color.

by Alumni Posts March 26, 2013

If I had to pick a favorite color, without a question, it would be green. It’s also conveniently associated with the environment, and I love “going green.” A recent holiday that just occurred was St. Patrick’s Day…a holiday that is conveniently very green. The Fontbonne HES Department had a Student Food Demo that was St. […]

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If it Ain’t Broke, Don’t Break it, but…

by Alumni Posts May 7, 2012

The end of the semester is quickly approaching, and if you live on campus like me, you may already be packing things up in preparation for the long trek home. But wait, what’s that hiding in the back of your closet? A hairdryer that hasn’t really worked since March, but what can you do with […]

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by Alumni Posts April 24, 2012

Do you like to shop? I love to shop. Unfortunately, constantly buying new things and throwing out the old is not a very eco-friendly move. So can one be both an environmentalist and a shopaholic? Of course. The first step is getting rid of the things you no longer need or want – but just […]

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Tour de Fontbonne

by Alumni Posts March 6, 2012

It’s been a while since I threw in a plug for the Environmental Club, so let me update you on what’s been happening. Here’s the scoop: the “Borrow A Bike” program at Fontbonne is officially up and running! We have 3 bikes – small, medium, and large – that were purchased from a local used […]

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by Alumni Posts January 25, 2012

Well, it’s the second week back, and I hope everyone is getting into the swing of things. For me, that means Environmental Club! And for Environmental Club, that means promoting our activities for the spring semester. I won’t give everything away, but I will throw in a plug for our next major event – and […]

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Have A Green Christmas!

by Alumni Posts December 5, 2011

We are on the cusp of finals here at Fontbonne, and pretty soon it will be time to pack up and go home. Overall I can say that I am very satisfied with the year so far. I really enjoyed all my classes, and I feel prepared for my upcoming tests. The Environmental Club had […]

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