Water Ambassador - Nicole Provost lead an event for World Water Day on March 22, 2017. Activities included water taste tests, stormwater runoff demonstrations, and information about water usage and scarcity. Participants included members of NJ Department of Environmental Protection, NJ American Water, professors of Montclair State University, and student groups (Environmental Club, Public Health Association, the Montclair Dietetics Student Organization, and the US Green Building Council). There was also a screening of Leonardo De Caprio's Before the Flood and an unveiling of three water bottle filling stations, two donated by New Jersey American Water and one donated by the Food and Water Watch in response to Montclair State students winning a nationwide contest with most students on any college campus who pledged to use the filling stations. Nicole intends to continue her efforts on getting the university's community more involved with water issues and conservation efforts by setting up field trips to wastewater treatment sites and more.
Recycling Ambassador - Ariadna Camayo continues to innovate new ways to engage students and campus Facilities to work harder to recycle and to become more knowledgeable about recycling. Ariadna worked with Assistant Director Rohan Padhye, her fellow students, and Montclair State's Facilities Department employees to create and hang signs on recycling bins across campus, illustrating to students what can and cannot be recycled. Ariadna also developed a survey designed to gauge student awareness of recycling initiatives around campus.
Food Ambassador - Abdiel Jimenez is working with the Montclair Community Farm and the Bonner Leadership Program to bring produce grown at the farm to our campus food pantry, which serves over 200 students who cannot afford to feed themselves. In addition, Abdiel is planning the expansion of a current campus garden and addition of two others to serve students residing in the dormitories.
Food Ambassador - Portia Calo is a Junior Nutrition major with a concentration in Food Systems at Montclair State. Portia wants to make an impact on the world through nourishment and she preaches that everyone needs to eat. We all need good, nutritional, and healthy food to prosper in our lives. As one of our food ambassadors, Portia will continue to spread her nutritional passion and knowledge to the campus.
Community Sustainability Ambassador - Julie Attys' objective is to create innovative ways to get communities involved in sustainable initiatives. She will be working with green businesses and varying municipalities to promote awareness of sustainable possibilities for individuals, businesses, and communities. Julie is also leading the effort in developing a curriculum and programs to reach the youth populations through educational and hands-on activities.
Compost Ambassador - Carlygrace Sunday worked with the municipality of Princeton NJ to reconfigure their waste management system and made plans for implementation of mandatory curbside composting. She collaborated with the non-profit organization Sustainable Princeton, the Sustainability Department at Princeton University, and fellow interns through the PSEG Institute of Sustainability Studies Green Team. The team's full analysis was then compiled into a comprehensive report for the upcoming waste contract in 2018. With this experience, Carlygrace is eager to divert food waste from the dining halls on campus by managing an industrial composter that will provide nutrient rich soil for the gardens and vegetation at Montclair State University.