A couple days before the semester ended, I was talking to the environmental club president and accidentally took on the responsibility of their job for the next semester. I am literally one of the last people I would delegate the position of president to. I spent winter break thinking about what I could do to reinvigorate the club. Time went by and by the start of the semester I still had no clue what I was going to do. That is, until I met a few people interested in helping essentially reform the club. We started with the basics and created positions for everyone to take responsibility for and everything was off to a fantastic start. There was a professor that served as the advisor to the club that helped immensely, as well. At the highest point during the semester we reached around 9 members, with the average being around 5. That may sound like a tiny amount, but when you consider the fact that it is a conservative private college with the mindset of “coal is life,” that small number almost felt like it was in the triple digits.
So, the first order of business for the rebuilt club was to brainstorm ways to make campus more environmentally sustainable. We came up with awesome ideas, and I wish we had done them all. But the sad truth is that people just got too busy like they had in the past and we failed to bring all of those ideas to life, except for one. I promised to myself and the club that we would create a recycling program on our campus. I knew it wasn’t going to be easy because I felt that virtually no one outside of our little group cared, but we began to try anyway. I started writing a proposal that was going to be handed directly to one of the deans. Now, this was only a few pages long but I had to work on it for months because we ran into so many obstacles. Where could we store the recyclable materials? Where can we even take them? How are we going to get them there? Eventually we found a company nearby that would take the recyclables for free. They even agreed to let us use one of their trailers to store and haul the stuff in. We then had to find someone to haul the trailer, which we did. Awesome, we were done, right?
There is going to have to be a short educational campaign before the final touches are added and I have to leave it all up to next year’s club because I’m transferring schools. However, this was only possible because of everyone’s help and I can leave knowing that they will far surpass my expectations in the time to come. This may seem like a trivial victory to a lot of people, but I feel like we got a bill passed in Congress or something. I sincerely thank everyone involved.