Meredith Celebrates Student Achievement, Earth Day

Meredith College’s Celebrating Student Achievement event took on a green tint this year, as the annual event fell on Earth Day. While the day was filled as always with a variety of student research presentations, art exhibits, performances and awards ceremonies, several programs focused on sustainability and environmental issues.

One session featured “Green Issues,” including a presentation of Meredith College’s greenhouse gas inventory, a review of carbon accumulation in trees on Meredith’s campus, an exploration of the consumer response to the color green, and an investigation into the status of green laptops.

Chelsea McGlaughlin presented her research into environmentally friendly laptop options. She explained that a product’s green status depended on a variety of elements, including production, energy usage and disposal.

“A laptop takes quite a journey before it reaches your desk,” McGlaughlin explained. “It includes components from around the world.”

Another issue to consider is the disposal of used laptops, according to McGlauglin, who noted that only 18% of all computers are recycled. Her advice for a consumer who wants to buy a more environmentally friendly laptop is to research Energy Star and EPEAT ratings for laptops, to keep laptops for as long as possible rather than purchasing new ones, to upgrade components rather than replacing the entire unit, and finally, to donate, resell or recycle used laptops rather than disposing of them in the trash.

Other special events in recognition of Earth Day were incorporated into the College’s Catalysts for Change Showcase. This event was organized by Meredith’s Office of Student Leadership and Service as part of the College’s yearlong focus on the campus theme “Catalysts for Change.” Poster presentations on Meredith’s campus waste audit, greenhouse gas inventory, greenways in Wake County, and more were included. For more on sustainability efforts at Meredith, visit http://www.meredith.edu/sustainability.

About Celebrating Student Achievement
The 2010 Celebrating Student Achievement Day marks the 10th undergraduate research conference at Meredith. On this day classes are cancelled so that the Meredith community can celebrate students’ successes during the academic year. Conference sessions, poster presentations and exhibits highlight student research and scholarship across the disciplines. Dance, music, and the visual arts are also featured.

The day concludes with departmental events this evening.

Date Submitted: 2010-04-22

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