Q: What are the highlights to take away from this year's EcoChallenge?
A: "The 2016 EcoChallenge was a great success!" writes Yolanda Cieters, sustainability manager in the Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability (CEJS). Cieters shares the following facts, figures and anecdotes about the challenge:
During April, Earth Month, 97 students, staff, faculty, and alumni came together to commit to 3 weeks of exploration and challenges related to how one's actions impact the environment.
Some of the most noteworthy accomplishments specific to this year's challenge were:
- In order to live out the Seattle University Jesuit values, we unveiled a new theme for this year's week three… Social Sustainability!
- Participants were provided with opportunities to connect with other local organizations and events -a social justice concert at Benaroya Hall; a local film production company, Longhouse Media, that focuses on indigenous rights; and SU's own Seattle Food Rescue.
- New to this year, individuals were able to sign up not just in teams but also individually , and the challenge was extended to alumni , increasing the accessibility and reach of the EcoChallenge.
- And the participants had a blast!
"This was the best Eco-Challenge yet…I found everything to be informative and worth my time!"
"I thoroughly enjoyed talking with my fiancé about this challenge and all that I was learning."
"My mom enjoyed the emails, as well!"
And special congratulations to our winners over the course of the challenge, who each received a $25 gift card to a local business:
Week 1: Anita Sandoval
Week 2: Callie Moothart, Jackie Saarenas
Week 3: Rachael Brown, Kelly Besmer, Melissa Pico
Overall Winning Team: The Polliwogs - Matilda Schroeter, Gordon Miller and Kimberly Gawlik