Students for an Environmentally Active Campus is currently hosting Green Power Week, a series of events dedicated to spreading awareness about the environment and "renewable" sources of energy.
Monday through Friday, SEAC will have a table in the Alumni Memorial Union from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to spread awareness on alternative forms of energy, according to SEAC President Annie Leff, a sophomore in the College of Arts & Sciences.
SEAC will distribute green "POWER" bracelets, in the style of Lance Armstrong's yellow LiveStrong bracelets, at the organization's table in the AMU, Leff said. For a donation of $2 or more, students can get a "POWER" bracelet to benefit renewable and green energy sources.
The proceeds from the bracelets, which are from We Energies, will go toward buying a percentage of renewable energy, said Joey Fama, a senior in the College of Engineering and SEAC member.
Buying 1 percent of renewable energy would be enough to power the entire AMU, Fama said. If SEAC raised enough money from the bracelet sales to buy 2 percent of renewable energy, the organization would be one of the biggest buyers of renewable energy in the Midwest.
Green Power Week will feature two speakers Wednesday. Rick O'Connor from We Energies and Lincoln Fowler from Alterra Coffee Roasters will be speaking at 7 p.m. in Cudahy Hall 001 about the benefits and feasibility of green power.
"We are trying to spread awareness about green energy," said Greg Jackson, a sophomore in the College of Arts & Sciences and SEAC member. "We will eventually run out of fossil fuels, and we shouldn't leave it up to our children to find new ways of energy when it is too late."
During Green Power Week there will also be an 8-foot windmill in front of the AMU that SEAC members built with recycled materials. Like the other events during Green Power Week, the windmill is meant to be a symbol of how "green energy," such as wind power, will help the environment and how the use of green energy will help future generations.
This article appeared in The Marquette Tribune on Feb. 22 2005.