HACC Lancaster’s Environmental Science Club offers unique opportunities for students to meet like-minded classmates who enjoy spending time in nature, learning new ways to improve the environment and spreading awareness on green issues.
Biology Professor Brad Basehore, Adjunct Professor Hieu Huynh, also known as “Huey,” and environmental science full-time faculty member Mr. Geremea Fioravanti, also known as Mr. G all advise the ESC.
“Our mission statement is to promote students to engage in the outdoors, environmental awareness, and green infrastructure projects on campus,” said Mr.G.
The ESC was responsible for the solar panels on the East building property, the butterfly garden behind the East building, and the completed trail surrounding the Lancaster campus.
One ESC initiated recent addition to the campus property is the disc golf course in front of the East building across the parking lot. In spring 2016, the club cut the ribbon at the Day-Of-Give and donated the nine-hole disc golf course with plans to complete the course by adding nine more baskets in the spring of 2017.
The game is played with mini Frisbees, varying in weight, color, and design. These items are available for purchase at the bookstore, but the course is free for the public to use.
Mr. G said the club plans on working with the Buildings and Grounds department on minor repairs to the course and bases this coming spring semester.
Myles Breisch, an environmental science major and the new club president, joined last semester by helping out at events and assisting Basehore with the disc golf course. With this being his first semester as ESC president, he looks forward to meeting students interested in learning more about ESC and recruiting new members.
During the spring semester, club members try out their green thumb and tend to the butterfly garden behind the East building.
Once a semester, the club plans a Campus Cleanup where students meet and get to know other members while volunteering to walk the campus and pick up garbage on campus property. This semester’s Campus Cleanup will take place on Nov. 15. Students will meet in the East building lobby at noon.
Every April, members organize an environmental theme for Earth Day. The event takes place in the East building, and the conference room is filled with environmentally-friendly vendors, food and drink, and live animals of all sizes. This year’s theme is centered around using recycled material in fashion and art.
Another upcoming event is the trip to the National Aquarium in Baltimore this spring; a date is pending, but the event is currently being planned.
Besides the revenue from disc sales, the club holds a bake sale fundraiser consisting of homemade desserts and vegan treats. Last year, they raised over $150 dollars.
Once a week, members and advisors meet to discuss current events and develop event plans. The club currently has eight active members that meet weekly on Tuesdays at noon in the Student Government Association’s conference room. Students have the opportunity to get involved with their campus and offers added bonuses to one’s academic career, such as, more opportunities when applying to colleges, scholarships, filling out resumes, and the start of friendships that have networking potential in the future.
Those who are interested in joining, but have a scheduling conflict are welcomed to participate at any ESC event and join via email. For more information, contact Mr. G at firstname.lastname@example.org.