Go green task force to make college more sustainable


Gustavo Lopez

The Go Green task force hosted an event on Thursday, April 21 where they gave out information about recycling and sustainability. The event was all part of Earth week. Photo credit: Gustavo Lopez

Tisha Lenon, Staff Writer

The Go Green Task force hosted an Earth Day Fest where students were able to walk around and visit the different information tables and learn about sustainability, recycling, and more.

The event was held on Thursday, April 21.

The task force is coalition of students that are all joined on the purpose of leading Cerritos College towards a more sustainable design.

They do this by focusing on cultural events like Earth Day and promoting structural changes like the recycling bins and the hydration station.

This year they are working to fix the recycling program.

Last year they helped install the hydration station and this year and they hosted what is the first Earth week at Cerritos College.

Geography professor Aline Gregorio was in charge of the event and talked a lot about what the task force has to offer.

“We’re looking to expand to have better options for alternative transportation, and supporting a smoking free campus.”

ASCC funded $10,000 for Earth week and most of that went for educational experience.

Some of it went to give students free t shirts, give students free reusable pencils and pencil boxes, reusable bottles and free vegan food.

Gregorio also gave out awards and scholarships to students who were involved.

Anthony Guerrero, one of the recipients for the environment stewardship award, has been a part of the task force for over two years and is happy to see this event really move forward.

“I’m surprised, but understand when it comes to earning this award is realizing I believe in sustainability. I believe in this program I know that it is important for campus to become sustainable.”

As for the scholarship, it is an effort from the school to recognize the students who are actually following a profession in sustainability.

The college awarded students based on three criteria;

  • Being an active member of the Go Green Task Force and or member of the sustainability task force
  • Have taken multiple classes in environment relations, relating to understand the earths systems and how me are impacting the earth, and
  • Have a 3.0 GPA or higher.

The CHESC conference is where colleges from all over California join in a three day experience and learn about sustainability in the college, how to have a green campus and how to make sure the sustainability is being covered across.

Guerrero stated, “Just because we are weak doesn’t make us powerless, I’m going to keep this program going and work with Go Green Task Force to ensure that that this award lives up to its name. Earth day event looks like a success to me. It’s something to be proud of.”