The new Environmental Education Center located in Guthrie Hall will be holding an open house from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, March 29, to showcase the environmentally friendly room that produces zero waste.
The EEC walls are colorfully painted with zero VOC paint, which releases no toxic emissions in comparison to regular paint. The room’s carpet squares, made by the company Interface, has been reused three times greatly reducing its carbon footprint while still looking almost brand new.
Joni newcomer, NMSU’s manager of environmental policy and sustainability, said the environmental practices done in the room are a stepping stone.
“I’m trying to educate people not only with this room and sustainability at NMSU, but about sustainability for the rest of your lives and how your action impacts everything,” said newcomer. “The first of the nine-sustainability incentive is relationships, everything we do affects someone in every little way.”
Along with the paint and walls, the EEC is stocked with reusable felt bags, reusable coffee cups and water bottles, silverware, green cleaning products and biodegradable plates – exemplifying waste reduction.
Newcomer is welcoming all the university’s community to stop by and get a better understanding of what the room’s goals are.
“I invite students to come study here, charge your phone, charge your laptops, sit here and study. There’s a big screen, let’s watch a webinar or open a Netflix movie or the ‘Story of Stuff’ and let’s learn and have pizza,” said newcomer.
Newcomer is also looking for students to volunteer with her as sustainability student ambassadors. Students will help her with a variety of projects such as collecting toner to ship away and recycle and other environmentally friendly projects, but most importantly to get the word out about how green NMSU is as a university.
“I’m an office of one. It’s really hard to do all this by myself. Come, volunteer, I’ll be a mentor, I’ll teach you all I know,” newcomer said.
The EEC open house is open to the public. There will be apples and peanut butter, organic vegetables and home-made hummus as snacks along with raffles for green goodies.
For more information on the EEC, contact joni newcomer at 575-646-7563.