Green For Florida A&M

Authors: Jomar Floyd | College Ambassador, FAMU Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, commonly known as Florida A&M or FAMU, is a member of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) system. As a senior at FAMU, I am a proud and leading member of the campus's Green Coalition. Becoming a Green for All College Ambassador at my university has given me indispensable tools and training to become an even more committed and knowledgeable environmental leader, both at FAMU and in my local community. My co-ambassador at FAMU Ursula Ible and I recently organized two educational workshops designed to empower students to step up to new levels of environmental leadership. The first workshop Your Life, Your Environment focused on critical environmental issues such as water shortages, pollution and lack of access to affordable, healthy food: issues that are a grim daily reality for many communities across the country. We also discussed the ongoing fight between the Nestle Corporation and the Wacissa, Florida community over the Wacissa River and springs where Nestle is allegedly depleting the water sources without regard to the local community. Students later enjoyed Markese "Doo-Dat" Bryant's music video The Dream Reborn (My President iz Green). Overall, the turnout was great. Students were actively engaged in conversations about the information presented to them. During the second workshop, Carbon Climate Change & The Benefits of Going Green, Ursula and I shared why we got involved in the green movement. I explained Green For All's mission and why "green jobs" are needed, particularly in low-income and communities of color. Lastly, we discussed how HBCU students must become a stronger force in the green movement to help ensure that our communities are at the forefront of reaping the environmental, economic and health benefits afforded by a clean energy economy. This year, as part of my ambassadorship at FAMU I am eager to learn more about how to "revive" the traditions of sustainability once held by our institutions, by creating partnerships with our farmers, landowners, and local communities.

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