A nationwide program that promotes socially responsible behavior has recognized Randolph College for student leadership in environmentally friendly actions.
Randolph is one of 87 colleges to receive Student Actions Awards for the fall 2014 semester from myActions on Campus, a nationwide program that uses social networks to encourage students to make positive steps they take to improve society and also share those actions on social media to encourage others to make similar choices.
“We are proud to shine the spotlight on student actions and student leaders. Throughout the semester students have shared actions in an effort to inspire peers and better understand both personal and collective impact” said Kristine Sturgeon, president of myActions.
As part of an on-campus internship that combined her interests in community outreach and environmental awareness, Jessy Spencer ’18 has been working to promote the myActions program and teach other students about environmentally sustainable habits they can adopt.
Spencer has encouraged environmentally responsible behaviors by sharing information through social networks, the College’s student portal, and posters on campus. She has encouraged classmates to make simple changes, such as taking the stairs rather than an elevator, waiting for a full load of laundry before washing clothes, or eating locally sourced food. Although each of those actions might have a relatively small impact, they do make a difference, said Spencer.
“Recycling one water bottle may not seem like a big deal, but they add up,” she said. “If just one student changes their ways, then the efforts made by myActions were worth it.”
The myActions Student Actions Awards celebrate student leadership, initiatives, and impact. Across the fall 2014 semester, students nationwide shared more than 65,000 positive actions to motivate their friends to make similar choices.