PGD Makeover Contest Winner!
Wake Forest University
Q and A:
How did you hear about the contest?: My new RA sent out an email to all the students
in her hall to spread the word about this contest. I’m so glad she did!
Why did you decide to enter?: Throughout this year I’ve been gradually changing
my habits to a more eco-friendly and healthy lifestyle. During the spring semester of
my freshman year, I volunteered to become a Residence Hall Captain for Wake Forest
University’s first participation in the Campus Conservation Nationals competition. This
experience among others really inspired me to continue improving my lifestyle habits
and spreading those good habits to others. Last year I also happened to watch a program
on the Food Network called The Big Waste which was a big influence in my passion for
sustainability and zero waste efforts.
Just a few weeks ago I got drawn into using Pinterest and it’s been incredibly fun. I love
being able to browse sites like Etsy for homemade eco-friendly products and saving
unique posts on my Pinterest boards for quick reference. I was very excited to find out
about this Green Dorm project and it gave me the push to discover a wide range of
aspects to eco-friendly living.
Why do you think you should win?: My Project #GreenDorm pinterest board does more
than compile a large list of eco-friendly products. I chose specific items and ideas that
especially appeal to me by functionality, versatility and design – many of which I know
I will refer back to in the future. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed coming up with fun, thoughtful
descriptions for each and every one of these pins.
Through this project I have learned a lot about all these different products and companies
that support green living and sustainability.
I also added extra pins to pages that have interesting DIY projects and useful tips that I
definitely want to make use of for my dorm and show to my friends.
How will you spread the word about an Eco Dorm Room?: I will be telling my friends
about this competition and try my best to make my next dorm room an example of an
eco-friendly place.I want to demonstrate and convince others that being green is not as hard as it might
At the beginning of this summer I’ve made small changes such as making the switch to
all-natural bathroom products. Since then I’ve never looked back. Last night I found a
typography poster on a website selling natural products; it read, “Small Acts Transform
the World.” I like to think that even the subtlest changes in lifestyle for a greener
environment lead to strong long-run impacts.