Coalition set to bloom at "Mixt Greens"
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SF State's green community is coming together to form a bigger Eco Students and the university's green students, faculty and staff will meet on Wednesday for a mixer open to anyone interested in learning about the fall's environmental events.

The event--called Mixt Greens--will be held Wednesday, Sept. 10 at the Seven Hills Conference Center from 5-7 p.m. ECO Students, a group of environmentally conscious students, and facilities staff, coordinated to organize it.

"It's an opportunity for new students to learn about the environmental projects on campus, to meet some of the people coordinating those events, and to meet school administrators and faculty interested in sustainability," said William Rutledge, a member of ECO Students. Potential attendees include Carlos Davidson, director of environmental studies, Caitlin Fager, recycling coordinator, and Jim Bolinger, associate director of residential property management for Housing, Rutledge said.

Mixt Greens will be the first green campus event since ECO Students added Housing's Eco-friendly Residents Organization (HERO) and Towers Residents Environmental Organization (TREO) to form one unified student environmental group.

"Everybody's in cahoots and under the same organizational umbrella this year," said Keir Johnson, formerly of HERO. "In the summer and currently, we all began to really fuse and align under common causes," he added. "There's a lot of potential and possibilities, and things are really going to start cooking." Johnson added.

Yearly turnover of the student body makes it difficult to avoid re-inventing the wheels on which green movements on campus can move forward. The point of Mixt Greens is to maintain focus on past work so that students can make a difference without necessarily starting from scratch, said Suzanne McNulty, a member of ECO Students.

"This will give them a chance to plug in to what's already going on, and get new projects started as well," she said.

Next on the horizon for the group is Bike to School Day on Oct. 15, which will follow the installation of several new bicycle racks on campus, Rutledge said.

Soon after that, SF State will host this year's California Student Sustainability Coalition Convergence from Oct. 24-26. "We'll have students from UCs, CSUs, CCCs, private schools, all coming together to talk about sustainability. We anticipate 500 students will be there," said McNulty, who is also a board member for the CSSC.

"There's a wide range of needs. Some [projects] just need people to continue the work that's already in place. Some need major organization," McNulty said. "Everything's needed, from taking the lead on a project to just handing out fliers. Whatever a person's desire to connect, we can help them."

Rutledge acknowledged those students who may be too busy to join those efforts. "We're also going to promote small events that people can go to as a group," Rutledge said. ECO Students members will attend events such as the next Sunday Streets—where several San Francisco streets will be closed to car traffic for the morning—on Sept. 14 and California Coastal Cleanup Day on Sept. 20, and interested students can join them, he said.

"What we want is to give students the opportunities, and if they're excited about a project on their own, then we can help make it happen," Rutledge said. And just in case people need an extra incentive to come, "there's also free pizza. Perhaps pie, too," he added.

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