By Kelly Marmo
Although April 22 is Earth Day, Lynn continues to save the planet in several ways throughout the year with sustainability projects such as beach cleanups, recycling and water conservation.
Earth Day is a day to reflect and honor the Earth by participating in projects to restore the community. It is a day to appreciate the planet and practice ways to help save it. Here at Lynn, these practices are carried out not only on Earth Day but every day.
“On Earth Day, I’m going to turn the air conditioning and the lights off in my room when I’m not in there,” said Elizabeth Johnson, sophomore. “Even on a regular basis, I try to turn off the lights in my room and recycle the plastic I use.”
The Lynn Citizenship Project helps with these efforts through beach cleanups every January Term. In each building on campus, individuals can find recycling bins. Through Lynn’s iPad initiative, students and faculty are given the opportunity to save paper.
“It’s amazing how well Lynn practices sustainability,” said Brandi Laquidara, sophomore. “On Earth Day, I will take a shorter shower to conserve water and appreciate how beautiful the beaches are in South Florida.”
Lynn received the LEED Platinum certification for the Mohammed Indimi International Business Center. Perper Residence Hall earned 5 LEED points scoring Silver. The Christine E. Lynn University Center is hoping to receive this type of recognition as well for sustainability.
Simple ways to help conserve energy could also be renting bikes on campus or renting cars through the U-Haul CarShare service.
“As a freshman, I used the U-Haul CarShare service all the time,” said Erica Migoya, sophomore. “I have even rented bikes on campus, and all of these simple things can help our planet in a small way.”
This Earth Day, individuals should be sure to do their part by recycling, cleaning up a nearby beach or simply by being outdoors and appreciating this beautiful planet. For more information on sustainability on campus, visit Going Green on the MyLynn website.