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Go Green on Campus Project: A Collaborative International Student ProjectTurkey has many environmental issues and problems, many of which have a global impact; forexample, access to clean water, air pollution, soil degradation, deforestation, climate change andloss of biodiversity. However, it may be worse than it sounds, many organizations give Turkey afailing grade when it comes to environmental protection.1 The Turkish Republic Ministry ofForeign Affairs indicates on its website that, “Addressing the global environmental problems thatthreaten our living planet requires national efforts as well as international collaboration on bothbilateral and multilateral level and the active participation of all members of the internationalcommunity.”2 Acting on this call a young entrepreneurial and the founder of Yesilist.com, awebsite created to raise awareness and generate a market to increase the demand for sustainablebusiness practices and smart consumer choices3, wrote a proposal and received funding for ainnovative project which brought students from several U.S universities together with studentsfrom various Turkish universities to spread awareness of global environmental issues on Turkishcampuses.Sixty-three students participated in a three-day workshop in Istanbul, Turkey at the end ofAugust 2014. The project called, “ Go Green on Campus” recruited students who had beenleaders on their own university campus in some type of sustainable project or action. In a matterof just a couple of weeks after the program was announced, a group of over 200 students fromthe U.S. and over 150 students from Turkey had applied for the program. Only 13 students wereselected from three U.S. universities and 50 were selected from five Turkish universities. Theproject was funded by the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul and sponsored by Yesilist.com and KoçUniversity in Istanbul.The goal of the “Go Green on Campus” project was to have students from ages 18-25 from theU.S. and Turkey collaborate to look at environmental problems from different culturalperspectives and from different fields of study. To solve major environmental problems locally,nationally, and globally, it will take looking at problems from different cultural aspects, as wellas, from different fields of study including engineering.For the workshops, students were broken into 14 groups. While in the workshops, Turkish andU.S. students learned to work together to solve environmental problems on Turkish campuses.Experts from various areas in Istanbul led the seminars in Consumption, Healthy Food, Mobility,and Permaculture. The student groups developed projects around one of those four themes. Afterthe workshop was complete, students went back to their own campus to develop further theirprojects, which are being implemented during the fall semester. Results of these projects will beforthcoming.This paper will look at the “Go Green on Campus Project,” the student groups; successes,failures, and conclusions from the perspectives of a professor, an organizer, and a student. Didthey make a difference?Bibliography 1. Hurriyet DailyNews.com. (October 7, 2014). Environment still needs a lot of care. Retrieved October 4, 2014. http://www.mfa.gov.tr/international-environmental-issues.en.mfa. 2. Republic of Turkey Ministry of Foreign Affairs. (2011). International Environmental Issues. Retrieved October 5, 2014. http://www.mfa.gov.tr/international-environmental-issues.en.mfa. 3. Yesilist.com. (2010). Turkey’s Green Living Portal. Retrieved October 4, 2014. http://www.yesilist.com/english/.
Fox, P., & Senyuva, E., & Spaulding, J. (2015, June), Go Green on Campus Project: A Collaborative International Student Project Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24158
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