“Sustainable development is important in everyone’s career field and daily lives,” said Avery Claybaugh, a member of Saginaw Valley State University’s Collegiate Farm Bureau chapter. It was part of his explanation why they co-hosted SVSU’s Sustainability Bingo event March 24.
But wait: What exactly is Sustainable Bingo?
Let’s back up a sec…
SVSU’s Collegiate Farm Bureau Chapter joined forces with the school’s Biology, Climate Stick, Chemistry, Law and Hippie clubs in creating their own bingo games, and naturally the Collegiate FB’s version involved a short presentation on sustainability.
Students yelling “bingo!” won prizes that promoted sustainability such as wool dryer balls, reusable bags, plants, soaps and thermoses.
“It was great to collaborate with a wide variety of clubs on a topic that pertains to all of us,” Claybaugh said. “And by doing so, we were able to reach a larger audience.”
Altogether more than 50 SVSU students heard and discussed topics presented by each club.
And bonus: The sustainability theme continued through the other clubs’ presentations.
The Biology Club presented an overview of sustainability and its importance. The Chemistry Club presented the 12 principles of green chemistry.
The Law Club discussed environmental justice and the different career opportunities available in environmental law. The Hippie Club defined climate guilt and provided ways we can be more conscientious about our purchasing decisions when it comes to a company’s sustainability.
The Climate Stick Club described what a climate stick represents and went over the effects of increased greenhouse gas emissions.
And the Collegiate Farm Bureau used the occasion to share information about the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program — MAEAP — and the sustainable agricultural practices farmers implement to earn the distinctive MAEAP signs all the students see on their way to campus.
“SVSU has traditionally not been seen as an agricultural college, but we would be missing the boat if we didn’t seek ways to connect with ag kids studying accounting, law students with an ag background, or really, students in all industries,” said Katie Eisenberger, MFB High School & Collegiate Programs Specialist. “Building these relationships now, in college, through innovative and fun events like sustainability bingo, provides a solid foundation of networking between a variety of industries once these students graduate and join the workforce.”
If you know a student who attends SVSU — or will in the fall — encourage them to reach out to SVSU Collegiate Farm Bureau board member Ethan Gilder. No experience or ag background is necessary to join — and you don’t need your own bingo chips either!