Get to Know Greek Goes Green
The weather is getting warmer and more than ever, we are all so excited to get outside to enjoy all our beautiful Earth has to offer us. With that being said, to continue enjoying the beauty of our Earth we must find ways to protect it! One amazing organization called Greek Goes Green does just that - helping Greek chapters at UGA implement more sustainable practices and educate their chapters on how to be more environmentally friendly.
Sarah Corbin is a fourth-year Public Relations major and has also served as the Greek Life Intern for the Office of Sustainability at UGA since Fall 2019, meaning she is also in charge of the Greek Goes Green program. She manages over 50 Sustainability Coordinators, representing the 46 chapters that are involved in the program and working to make their chapters more sustainable. Not only is Sarah focused on creating a more sustainable future for the UGA Greek community but she focuses heavily on building a cohesive community within Greek Goes Green among all the coordinators. Sarah plans three events each semester to get the Sustainability Coordinators involved and working together.
As a part of the Greek Goes Green program, Sarah also has the opportunity to recognize the hard work of sustainable chapters at UGA with the Official Green Chapters award. Chapters have the opportunity to earn this award by completing the Sustainability Scorecard and earning the required amount of points to earn the award. According to Sarah, “Last year we awarded 21 chapters as Official Green Chapters, tripling the number recognized than that of the year prior” and being able to recognize hardworking chapters is one of the most meaningful experiences she has had working with the program. Something exciting to look forward to is that there is a new award this year being awarded to the highest scoring Panhellenic Sorority, IFC fraternity, and non chapter house participating chapter. It is called the Greek’s Most Green Award and also provides the winning chapter a $500 prize to support their chapter’s philanthropy.
Going forward, Sarah “would love to see more chapters composting and eliminating or replacing single-use items like plates, cups, and cutlery with compostable options” which we can all agree is so important and a much-needed change for our organizations.
Greek Goes Green is an incredible organization that brings huge amounts of positive change to the UGA community through sustainability action and education across Greek Chapters. We cannot wait to see all the amazing work Greek Goes Green does going forward!
To keep up with Sarah and Greek Goes Green, check out their Instagram @greekgoesgreenuga and learn more about Greek Goes Green on their website: https://sustainability.uga.edu/student-programs/greek/