Diana Escobar isn’t only getting an education at LaGuardia, she comes on-campus everyday with one other thing in mind – how to make the College a greener place. She’s part of the College’s Sustainability Council where she’s pushed for the placement of recycling bins in the B and C Buildings and supported the College’s water saving project by handing out free reusable bottles to be used at the new water bottle filling stations.
“I’m very environmentally conscious at home; I don’t let the water run, disconnect appliances that aren’t in use, and I’d like to continue my efforts to preserve our limited natural resources on-campus too,” says the eager environmentalist.
At a recent tabling to raise awareness on sustainability, she and her peers reached 200 hundred students with water bottles and information on getting involved. In addition, she’s presented in front of the Council to advocate for on-campus reverse vending machines, the container deposit stations that give money in exchange for plastic, metal and glass beverage bottles.
“Unfortunately, students, faculty and staff still put recyclable bottles in the regular trash,” says Diana about why she’s encouraging the purchase, “These deposit machines will give them an incentive to recycle more.”
She’s also hopeful that the College will replace paper with LED televisions that flash announcements. “This will be especially efficient during Student Government elections when each candidate hands out close to 1000 flyers,” she affirms. Alongside Dr. Frank Wang of the Mathematics Department, she showed research proving that energy efficient televisions are less expensive and produce less waste than paper flyers, this without including ink and copy machine operating cost.
Diana is a Liberal Arts: Math and Science major pursuing a career in public service and medicine. In 2011, she was active in LAGCC’s Student Government where she acquired funds for additional math tutoring and technology. She’s also an Honors student and has won several awards for her contributions to education and LaGuardia, including a citation award from New York State Senator Adriano Espaillat for her participation in the SUNY Model Senate Project.
The College’s water bottle filling stations can be found next to the E Building Atrium restrooms E142 and E143, and in the Hall of Flags across from the Office for Student Life and Development in M115.
Lillian Zepeda ‘11 is a Public Relations Associate in the Office of Communications and Marketing.