Plastic Water Bottles to be Discouraged – SGO Report 4/3

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On April 3, 2016, the Swarthmore Student Government (SGO) held a joint Senate and Executive Board Meeting in SCI 105 at 7:10 P.M. At the meeting, each committee chair gave updates on their committee’s project progress.

SGO Week Schedule and Activities Finalized

On April 11, SGO will organize a petting zoo, as well as a campus wide conversations on advising.

On April 12, the Academic Affairs committee will lead a conversation on internships.

On April 13, SGO will host an SGO elections interest meeting for the entire campus and the Intercultural Center.

On April 14, SGO will host fruit day/night.

On April 15, SGO week will conclude with a community gathering, and a movie night.

Sustainability Summit and Water Refill Stations

Chair of Environmental Impact Bennett Parrish ’18 is leading the planning for the Swarthmore Sustainability Summit (previously titled Sustainability Charrette in 2015).

“The goal of the Swarthmore Sustainability Summit is to gather the Swarthmore sustainability community to share information, learn about what’s going on across the campus, be inspired, build connections, and check-in on progress since the Sustainability Charrette last year,” Parrish wrote in an email.

In the spirit of the sustainability topic, the Summit will provide locally-sourced lunch to registered attendees.

In addition to the Summit, the Environmental Impact Committee is working with Stuart Hain, Vice President for Facilities and Capital Projects, to install water bottle refill stations around campus. Water bottle refill stations can already be found in Parrish, the Matchbox, and the Danawell connector.

“The goal is to promote the usage of reusable water bottles and discourage the purchase of disposable plastic bottles on campus,” Parrish wrote.

This is a new sustainability initiative and timelines have yet to be established.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:20 P.M.

The minutes from the meeting can be found here:


Min Zhong

Min covers news regarding the Swarthmore Government Organization for The Daily Gazette. Min is interested in finance and anthropology, and any other topics that seek to understand how and why human beings make the choices they do. At Swarthmore, Min is involved in Swat Tank, and an investment club. Min only eats gala apples, shares a birthday date with John F. Kennedy, and is a Jack Kent Cooke Scholar from Arlington, VA. Min enjoys reading in her free time, and prefers savory over sweet.

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