Columbia Featured on MSNBC During Global Citizen Festival
During its coverage of the Global Citizen Festival in September, MSNBC featured members of Columbia University in a segment focused on individuals and groups engaged in social issues including health, education, sustainability and sanitation.
October 01, 2019
In news coverage of the annual Global Citizens Festival, MSNBC produced segments on youth leaders taking action on climate issues. Columbia University student group, EcoReps, was featured for their campus-wide sustainability initiatives.
Interviews with Jessica Prata, Assistant Vice President for the Office of Sustainability, and members of the Columbia EcoReps – an undergraduate student group working in conjunction with Columbia Housing, Columbia Dining, and the Office of Sustainability to promote sustainable behavior in the student and campus community – were featured during a commercial break. From the EcoReps' annual Green Sale to the campus-wide initiatives outlined in Columbia's sustainability plan, this segment highlighted the efforts made at Columbia to reduce the university’s environmental footprint.
The Green Sale – featured prominently in the segment – is one of the EcoReps primary activities, where items left behind in the residence halls after check-out are collected and resold at the start of the next academic year. This initiative helps to divert items from landfill and also provides students with low cost items for living in the residence halls and on campus. The EcoReps also organize additional activities around food waste, recycling, and other efforts to educate and engage the student community.