Some college-goers say it's important for those forms of programming to put the onus on the student. "The university can make changes and try to foster a greener attitude, but it all comes down to the students," says Emily Williams, a senior at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va. Matt Shaw at the College of the Atlantic says that if you want to start a group or activity, you should get your research done and have clear objectives before bringing the proposal before an administrative body at the university. "Be adamant, and don't give up on the issue," he says.
And still a lot of students view their efforts as a starting point for green living in the future. Says Rocco Calandruccio at the University of the South, "The greatest work we can do today is to become accountable for our impact on the environment and translate our behavior to the communities we inhabit after college."