Pink Goes Green - Delta Zeta
by Adam Smith
Delta Zeta is redefining how Greek Life can contribute to sustainable efforts at BGSU. The BGSU sorority sets a wonderful example of environmental education and sustainable action with their Sustainability Chair, which is a nationwide position! The purpose and mission of the Sustainability chair is to work, “at the grassroots level to improve the environment, educate the public on what they can do and help them do it, and empower those they impact with the knowledge that just one person can make a difference to protect the environment and enrich our planet.” The current sustainability chair for Delta Zeta—Gamma Tau chapter (at BGSU) is Hannah Salo.
Hannah shares her experiences and responsibility as Sustainability Chair. She has a great amount of freedom within her position! She educates and encourages the chapter to buy sustainably sourced and reusable items; in addition, she promotes environmental events to the chapter throughout the year! Delta Zeta has been a huge supporter of the Office of Campus Sustainability over the past few years. The chapter makes it a priority to attend the tree planting events each year.
Last Spring, Hannah was able to advise her chapter on buying reusable/collapsible straws to reduce their use of plastics. In previous years, the Sustainability Chair has also played a vital role in purchasing reusable water bottles. Reducing plastic-use is a huge priority for the chapter. Hannah has not only dedicated herself to taking action in implementing sustainable initiatives, but she has also been creative in educational opportunities. This year she has been making a Kahoot (trivia/questionnaire app) each week dedicated to something in relation to sustainability—ranging from: climate change to recycling! Hannah states, “we were able to keep our chapter engaged, while also informing our women of the importance of our voices in leading change for the betterment of the environment”.
Delta Zeta is taking steps to implement change outside their chapter, as well. This past Spring semester the chapter attended BGSU’s Eco Fair and educated attendees on the hazardous effects of plastic pollution on Sea Turtles. Chapter members also volunteer with the Office of Campus Sustainability during Green Game Days, Friday Night Lights, and Sustainability Week! Hannah describes the impact that these actions have had on her chapter, “through this consistent participation with environmental events, our members have been well educated and now have the passion for helping the environment of which I am so proud!”.
The Sustainability Chair position has inspired others to take action, as well. In fact, Phi Mu Alpha inquired about the Sustainability Chair, and ended up creating their own Environmental Chair for their BGSU Chapter. Hannah has been influential in the sustainable movement here on campus, and she displays great enthusiasm for what the future holds for Delta Zeta and sustainable change!
Hannah is a junior studying Business with a specialization in Supply Chain Management. She has been a part of Delta Zeta since Fall of 2018. Her other involvements include: College Panhellenic Conference, Order of Omega, and the Office of Residence Life. She is the Student Desk Manager in Kreischer Compton/Darrow Hall. Hannah stated, “Holding the position of DZ’s Sustainability Chair has been such an eye-opening experience, and Delta Zeta is truly honored to have worked so well with the Office of Campus Sustainability! Thank you for your commitment to the environment: we admire all that you do”.
Are you initiating sustainable change on BGSU’s campus? If so, share your story with Campus Sustainability (firstname.lastname@example.org), and have a chance at being hosting in our next newsletter!