Franklin & Marshall College's ongoing commitment to environmental sustainability will be on display this weekend when Diplomatic Congress, a student government advocacy body, conducts its inaugural Sustainability Summit.
Initiated by the Diplomatic Congress's Sustainability Committee, the goal of the Jan. 25 event is to organize all sustainable-minded groups on campus in an effort to educate students and accomplish environmental projects that will involve the entire F&M campus.
"We want to raise student awareness of sustainable initiatives, of which there are many on this campus," said Erika Jozwiak, a senior majoring in environmental science and Sustainability Committee chair. "We hope the summit energizes the environmental community on campus."
So far, about 70 students said they intend to attend event, which starts 11 a.m., Saturday, in Stahr Auditorium in Stager Hall, Jozwiak said. It is open to all students, faculty, professional staff, and Lancaster community members.
About 15 environmental campus groups will make presentations in the morning, followed by lunch provided by Roaring Brook Market & Cafe, owned by Sarah McGahran, a 2013 F&M graduate. Sophomore and guitarists Jason Boyask and Eric Lewis will provide the music.
Jozwiak hopes the summit becomes an annual event. "The idea is we are working for the future," she said.
Following lunch, participants will break off into the classrooms adjacent to Stahr Auditorium for open discussion. The summit is scheduled to conclude at 2 p.m.
"We'll be brainstorming," said Sarah Dawson, director of the Wohlsen Center for Sustainable Environment. "We'll talk about what we've done, ways we can collaborate and ways we can work independently in the future."
"After years of preparing and then engaging, sustainability has become a campus practice and a philosophy at F&M," Dawson said. "It's something that we are now obligated to. It's about who were are now."