By Zoe Fowler
The University of Tampa will be one out of three schools participating in the Green Apple Day of Service in the Tampa Bay area.
On Sept. 29 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Green Apple will be hosting its first annual event nationwide. The organization and volunteers support healthy, sustainable schools.
Schools, including UT, will start off with “Ban the Bottle” Campaign to reduce plastic bottles that are only used once. Students who are selected will receive BPA-free aluminum bottles that are reusable and dishwasher safe.
They will also take a campus sustainability pledge that requires them to vow to reduce energy and water use, recycle and reuse materials. In addition, they will learn where to find recycling on campus and other projects that are sustainable.
The Environment Protection Coalition, a student organization, will participate in this event to raise awareness of their organziation and their cause.
“People need to realize that they need to be more aware of their surroundings and note that throwing something on the ground will most likely end up in our waterways,” said senior Kealy McNeal, president of the club.
EPC and REAL Building Consultants promoted the online sustainability pledge in the Vaughn Lobby on Thursday. The students who signed the pledge received BPA-free aluminum bottles.
REAL Building Consultants develops green buildings and works with UT to ensure campus buildings are sustainable.