Greenstock: USF Sustainability Event is Not Your Parent's Rally
The Thursday event will provide information on the Nov. 2 transit referendum on the Hillsborough ballot.
By Brittney Elliott
TAMPA, Fla. (October 20, 2010) – Students will have the opportunity to learn about the countywide transportation referendum Thursday from a panel of experts at Greenstock, an annual event with sustainability education in mind.
Greenstock is hosted by the Student Environmental Association, in collaboration with USF Office of Sustainability and the USF Bicycle Club. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.at the Marshall Student Center Amphitheater.
The theme for this year’s event is U.S. dependency on oil, and comes just six months after the start of the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico. USF’s Student Environmental Association – which is sponsoring the event with six other organizations – is urging the campus community to work towards a future less dependent on oil by supporting the comprehensive transit initiative on the Nov. 2 ballot.
“The countywide transportation referendum is a necessity for Hillsborough County,” said Karissa Gerkhe, president of the Student Environmental Association.
“The current transportation system is failing us. While this area is touted as a metropolis, one cannot realistically move about without a car. An expansive mass transit system would be attractive for the many USF students who do not have a car but want to explore the community in which they live,” she said.
In addition to information on how to incorporate sustainability into their daily lives, Greenstock also will feature music from local bands, student organization displays and free food.
Now in its third year, Greenstock began as an event designed to educate students on campus sustainability efforts and to promote sustainability projects on campus. Sponsors include USF’s Office of Sustainability, Moving Hillsborough Forward, Bicycle Club, SPEAK and Students for Social Justice.