Friday, October 22, 2010

Thank You For Recycling Day at CSUSM

I was so ecstatic to be a part of "Thank You For Recycling Day" at my school! I attended last year and there was good turnout, as was the case this year. Unfortunately, I was only able to stay for about 10 minutes because I attended a Cannabis debate on Prop 19 at my school, (but that's a whole other story that doesn't really relate to this). At the hour-long event that was located at the plaza on campus, the numerous recycling awards CSUSM won were displayed and there were numerous giveaways (all made from recyclable materials, of course)! Not too mention, they served free pizza, cookies, and drinks! Bribe the masses with food and feed them the message about recycling! Haha. It proved to be quite effective! I also entered a raffle in which I had to guess how many plastic bottle caps were inside a large plastic container. Hopefully I win! Here are some photos from today's event:

Also here is a note to those who have helped me on my project:

"First of all, I would like to thank each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart. It really means a lot to me that you were willing to help me out despite your busy schedules and I hope I inspired you to lead a more eco-friendly lifestyle! My project is due on Monday and I have one last step before turning it in, which is this survey. Please take the time to fill out this 10-question survey for me by SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24TH AT THE LATEST! This survey is completely anonymous and I really appreciate your feedback, as I will include the results in my paper, due Monday.
This is not the last you’ll be hearing from Project Green, I intend to keep this blog going! If you are interested (which I hope you will be), stick around and continue to be a follower! I promise I will have some interesting stuff on here. I’m really passionate about the environment and I hope I have instilled some of my passion in you!

Again, I would like to thank each and every one of you for your time and effort and remember, “live green!” :) "

Monday, October 18, 2010

My new favorite song haha

I came across this video on the Yahoo homepage today. Look out for Natalie Portman (she's in the red scarf). Not only is she a great actress, she cares about the environment too! This video was made in 1992 when Natalie was just 11. Corny video but great message. Enjoy :)

Thursday, October 14, 2010

My recent projects...

Hi all!

Sorry for not updating this frequently, I have been really busy with school and two jobs! But I have also been busy thinking about this blog! :-) I apologize in advance...this entry is going to be quite lengthy!

First of all, I heard that President Obama is putting more solar panels in the White House. Former president, Jimmy Carter was the first to do so but it's nice to know that our current president is taking steps to better the environment! Check out this article for more info:

I started going to the San Marcos Farmer's Market (which is conveniently located in one of the parking lots of my school, Cal State San Marcos), and I was pleased to see a variety of organic farmers selling their fruits and vegetables and also an eco-friendly company that sells cool eco-friendly products! Please check it out here:

A friend of mine, Jarod, asked me to mention something about cigarette litter. We both feel strongly about this (as we both detest cigarettes), and we would like to encourage you (shame on you if you do!) and others to first of all, stop smoking cigarettes and second (if you or others smoke), to throw your cigarette butts in the ash tray! I get so angry when I see cigarette butts on the ground! Actually, I think I remember seeing a commercial or a video about a person witnessing someone that was littering and he/she followed that person home with all the the things that the other person littered and gave it to that person. It was pretty funny and if any of you know what I'm talking about or have seen this video, please share what it is! I'll try looking for it as well.

I attended the Jack Johnson concert last Saturday in San Diego and it was by far one of the best concerts I've ever been to! I was pleasantly surprised to find out that Jack Johnson loves the environment as well and there were about five local, eco-friendly non-profit organizations at the concert, supporting the cause! I talked to all of them and had the privilege of meeting some cool people and learned how I can volunteer in these organizations! He even has a whole greening section on his website! Check it out:

Last night, I went to a lecture at the Sea Life Aquarium in Legoland. It was organized by the San Diego Oceans Foundation and it was on the conservation of the Maui reef fish population by Snorkel Bob, Himself! This lecture opened my eyes to the effects of the Aquarium trade and how uninformed I was about it! It was so sad to learn that rare fish species (who are also Bob's friends), are being purchased online for people to display in their home aquariums! This must stop now! We need to conserve these rare fish species and protect the reef! For more info, visit, and click on "Snorkel Bob Foundation." Please don't turn a blind eye to this! It's truly disheartening but we all must do our part to help!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Walking the walk

Yesterday, I took two exams and used a "Green Book" for the written portion of the exams. They changed it from "Blue Book" to "Green Book." I found this on the Berkeley website:

Lead change with the Green Book revolution!

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UC Berkeley faculty and students can lead change by recommending and using Green Books for exams. Examination books, which have historically been referred to by their traditional blue color, have also gone GREEN!
What's in the color difference?  How about 100% recycled paper made with 30% post consumer waste. 
The Cal Student Store sells blue and green examination books at the same price, despite the increased cost of the Green Books.  Green Book prices:  Small: $.35  Large: $.45
Make your exams green this year - ask for and use Green Books!

I went to Souplantation today and was delighted to see that they are engaging in eco-friendly practices! Not only is their food good but they're also eco-friendly! I love this place even more!

I wanted to share some eco-friendly practices I have recently been engaging in:
  • Bringing my own coffee mug when I buy tea from the coffeehouse on campus! They even gave me a discount for being eco-friendly! Thanks for the idea, Amber! :-)
  • Turning off the light in the bathroom during the day because there is enough daylight that illuminates the entire bathroom (while I shower, brush my teeth, etc.)
  • Duplex printing! I swear by it! When I print documents, I use both sides of the page. I strongly encourage you to do this because it saves paper, ink, and money! We all know that printer ink isn't cheap! I print the odd pages first then place those pages back in the printer and it prints on the other side of the page. Voila!
What are some eco-friendly practices that YOU engage in?! Please share!

I've been using Hippy Tree calendars for the past three years! Not only are they a hip company with stylish products and apparel, but they're also eco-friendly! Check them out here:

Greenpeace Student Network | Greenpeace USA

Greenpeace Student Network | Greenpeace USA

Motivation...where are you?

"What's in it for me?"
"Why are you doing this?"
"I don't have the time or the drive."

That's mainly what it boils down to.

Ever since I started this project, I've found it very difficult to lead others and get them to follow directions and such. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that people simply have other better things to do and when it comes down to it, most of us are more inclined to put ourselves before others. I did not expect this to be a hit right off the bat; after all, I'm just a young, inexperienced college student that doesn't really know what she's doing. I started getting very worried because, ultimately, I'm doing this project for a grade and it'll be measured by how successful I was in leading others to help accomplish my goal, which is to change peoples' lifestyles to be more eco-friendly. So, I'm kind of left at a standstill. Not really sure if I should just give up (which isn't really an option, seeing as how the project is due in less than two weeks). How are you supposed to lead a group of people to do something for you if they're not willing to participate? This is definitely a challenge and a learning experience for me and I know that despite my recent failure in getting others to follow me and participate in my project (after they've agreed to do so), it will eventually work out. How many times can you ask someone to do something after you continually get rejected? I'm not the kind of person to intrude so I hate having to bug people about this, as if I'm nagging them to do something undesirable, like cleaning up their room.

At first, I was so excited about this opportunity to lead a project in something I was passionate about (the environment) and after affirmation from my peers, family, and professor, I was more than eager to get the ball rolling. However, as soon as I did that, the support quickly faded and I was left confused and disappointed. Now I'm on the verge of throwing in the towel, so to speak. I need some motivation because I will not give up on this and I will not let this setback bring me down.

Am I looking for a little empathy? Sure. But I know that ultimately, I need to change myself before I can change others. Now, if only I can do that in less than 2 weeks...

Friday, October 1, 2010

CSUSM: 6TH Straight RecycleMania Title Grand Champions of 2010

I am so proud that I go to a school that RECYCLES the most in the country! I think that is so awesome! Go Cougars! Does your school participate in RecycleMania? If not, be the catalyst for change! Check out for more information. Here are a list of participating schools just in California:

American River College (Benchmark Division) 
California State Polytechnic University-Pomona (Competition Division) 
California State University-Bakersfield (Benchmark Division) 
California State University-Chico (Competition Division) 
California State University-East Bay (Benchmark Division) 
California State University-Monterey Bay (Benchmark Division) 
California State University-San Francisco (Competition Division) 
California State University-San Marcos (Competition Division) 
City College of San Francisco (Benchmark Division) 
Cosumnes River College (Benchmark Division) 
East Los Angeles College (Benchmark Division) 
Folsom Lake College (Benchmark Division) 
Long Beach City College (Benchmark Division) 
Los Angeles City College (Benchmark Division) 
Los Angeles Harbor College (Benchmark Division) 
Los Angeles Mission College (Benchmark Division) 
Los Angeles Pierce College (Benchmark Division) 
Los Angeles Southwest College (Benchmark Division) 
Los Angeles Trade Technical College (Benchmark Division) 
Los Angeles Valley College (Benchmark Division) 
Loyola Marymount University (Benchmark Division) 
Mills College (Competition Division) 
MiraCosta College (Benchmark Division) 
Monterey Institute of International Studies (Benchmark Division) 
Palomar College (Benchmark Division) 
Pasadena City College (Competition Division) 
Point Loma Nazarene University (Competition Division) 
San Diego State University (Competition Division) 
San Jose State University (Benchmark Division) 
Santa Clara University (Competition Division) 
Santa Monica College (Competition Division) 
Stanford University (Competition Division) 
University of California-Davis (Competition Division) 
University of California-Irvine (Competition Division) 
University of California-Merced (Benchmark Division) 
University of California-San Diego (Competition Division) 
University of California-Santa Barbara (Competition Division) 
University of California-Santa Cruz (Competition Division) 
University of San Diego (Competition Division) 
University of San Francisco (Competition Division) 
University of the Pacific (Benchmark Division) 
West Los Angeles College (Benchmark Division) 
Whittier College (Benchmark Division) 

CSUSM also has a whole webpage dedicated to SUSTAINABILITY! How cool is that? We also sell some cool eco-friendly products at the University Store on campus! So if you go to CSUSM, check it out!

Check out this website for energy saving tips for the campus and your house!

Have a great weekend everyone and I can't wait to read your entries due Sunday! :-)