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Phillips Library Helps AU Go Green

By Katie Kather

Global warming, sustainability, green – these terms bombard the average consumer on a daily basis.  Reduce, re-use, recycle are popular concepts among college students.  The earth’s resources are becoming increasingly strained as we are slated to welcome the seven billionth human on Oct. 31.

Aurora University wants students to get excited about going green this fall.

Phillips Library is participating in the Go Green, Win Green Contest from Oct. 18 to Nov. 18.  Students are invited by the Illinois Library Association to share green ideas for school, home and business.  A $1,000 prize will be awarded to the most replicable green home idea, most replicable green business idea, most creative green home idea and the most creative green business idea.

Information Services Librarian, Amy Manion, discovered the contest and instantly enrolled Phillips Library.  “I am very interested in environmental issues. I love the idea that somebody can come up with something creative to save resources.  Even if we don’t win, we can adopt some of the ideas at AU,” stated Manion.

The contest will require students to think creatively.  Manion wants students to come up with ideas that have the potential to be financially as well as environmentally responsible. “I read a news story once of a university that switched fonts to save ink, paper and money,” stated Manion.

She was talking about how the University of Wisconsin switched from Arial to Century Gothic fonts because it uses 30 percent less ink, saving the school significant amounts financially and environmentally.  “These are the kind of ideas I hope students have for this contest,” stated Manion.

According to Brandy Raffle, Director of Student Activities, AU’s student run Eco Club was approved Oct. 27.  They could not be reached for comment.

The Go Green, Win Green Contest is something that even AU alum can be proud of.  “I am excited to hear that AU is taking environmental sustainability seriously.  They can be a role model for other schools since we are all responsible for the future of our planet,” stated addiction social worker and AU alum, Jackie Sell.

Students must share their entries through the library.  Contact Amy Manion at amyman@aurora.edu with questions.