Richland stands tall on its environmentalism

The student Green Team is racking up awards for sustainability efforts that make the Richland campus clean, fresh and comfortable.

Sonia Ford, sustainability project coordinator received the Green Sustainability Award from the City of Dallas on Nov. 2. Richland President Dr. Kay Eggleston was present in Sabine Hall’s recycling center, near the bookstore, to accept the award. Eggleston then gave the award to the Green Team to recognize their work.

Shawndrea Smith, left, Richland President, Dr. Kay Eggleston, Jerry Owens and Sonia Ford receive Gold Green Business Certification.

Shawndrea Smith, left, Richland President, Dr. Kay Eggleston, Jerry Owens and Sonia Ford receive Gold Green Business Certification.

“This is an award that has not been given to any college here through the metroplex so, Richland College is the first to receive this new business award and this is in regards to the recycling program that we have here,” said Ford.

The award was presented by Shawndrea Smith, a coordinator from the city’s Zero Waste Management Department who gave the school a scorecard of requirements to meet in order to compete for the award. In June, Richland met the standards at the highest level, and was awarded  “Gold” status. Ford is looking foward to the next challenge and has big goals for her Green Team.   

“My objective is to put Richland College on the map because of all the hard work and the effort that the students have done,” said Ford.

The Green team held its own Arbor Day festivities on campus on Nov. 4. Student Green Team members planted trees on the campus. Eggelston received the Tree Campus USA plaque from the Texas A&M Forestry Service.

Ford believes her student team is made up of strong young leaders.
“I call them trailblazers because they’re very committed. They are very actively involved. They’re go-getters.”

Also coming up on the Green Team’s agenda is a wildlife campaign starting Nov. 13.

“That whole week Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) and the Student Green Team are collaborating and bringing about sustainability awareness regarding feeding the wildlife and the impact that it has.”

This event will happen in El Paso Hall throughout the week to bring conservation awareness to other students.

Successful student members will be honored and awarded at Fair Park next year on Earth Day (April 22).