Are you searching for a way to spring into better shape? Or maybe looking for a way to give back to the Malone community? Do you want to help be a good steward of resources around campus?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, Student Senate’s Earth Day 5k, set to benefit the stewardship committee, may be just what you are searching for.
“This is benefiting the earth and our Malone community,” said Nick Astalos, sophomore business administration major and stewardship committee member. “The 5k is something that will allow us to raise funds to support our mission.”
Students, faculty and staff, and community members may all pre-register for the April 18 event. The entry fee, which is only $5 for students, will sponsor stewardship projects around campus.
Astalos said the committee hopes to use the funds to install new water bottle sensors on campus. One such filter is already in use in the barn, and it allows students to refill water bottles rather than continually purchase plastic bottles. Additional funds may help institute the use of LED lights around campus.
The race will begin at 9 a.m. in front of Osborne Hall. Pre-registration information can be found here, or runners may register at the event starting at 8:15. All runners will receive post-race snacks and a reusable water bottle.
Astalos said the water bottle works hand-in-hand with the mission of the race.
“Green tips will be on the water bottle,” said Astalos. “We want people to use and reuse it and become aware of the go-green mentality of reusing.”
The stewardship committee sends out a green tip of the week on Mondays, and some of these tips will be featured at the race.
Astalos suggested turning off water when brushing teeth or simply showering only as long as necessary for easy ways to adopt a more environmentally-conscious lifestyle.
The Earth Day 5k is in its first year, so the impact of the event may seem small, but Astalos has high hopes.
“We’re trying to build it this year and create the awareness,” Astalos said. “It’s going to be a fun annual event.”
Kayla Stewart, junior exercise science major and student senate member, said she believes the 5k is a simple way to begin making campus more aware of stewardship.
“Student senate is already trying to make a difference,” Stewart said. “I think the race is a great way to get the whole community involved.”
Becoming aware of opportunities to reuse rather than create waste will not only help reduce trash around campus, it will also boost stewardship among the Malone community.
“Stewardship requires community,” Stewart said. “It’s not a one-man job. We need to come together to make a difference, and the 5k represents that commitment.”
Whether you are looking for a way to be a better steward of creation or to be more physically active, the Earth Day 5k offers students a chance to connect with the larger community to make a difference in living a greener lifestyle.