April 16, 2010
Ann Francis has been a fixture on campus for 14 years. Her commitment to the students and their drive to promote environmental sustainability is a major aspect of her involvement. In February, Francis assisted EcoRollins with its Valentine’s Day plant sale during the Campus Market/Street Fair. Just last week she was awarded “Advisor of the Year” at the Student Leadership Awards. This month, she’s busy promoting Rollins’ Earth Day 2010 celebration, which will take place Thursday, April 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the walkway at Olin Library.
An Environmental Studies graduate of the Hamilton Holt School, Francis has been part of the environmental studies department for the past eight years. She’s also one of the original members of the Committee on Environmental and Sustainable Issues (CESI) which formed in fall 2008 and focuses on making the campus more sustainable.
“It’s an exciting committee to be part of,” Francis said.
She began serving as the advisor for EcoRollins in 2002 and the student-run Sustainability Program (formally known as the Recycling Program) in 2000. Known around campus for coordinating the Bicycle Library Program and the recycling effort at Rollins, the group has steadily expanded. In 1999, there were two recycling coordinators in the organization. Now there are eight sustainability coordinators!
“I’m so in awe of some of these students,” Francis said.
One of the goals of the group is to increase sustainability efforts on campus without adding any additional cost. Efforts such as default double-sided printing, single stream recycling, and shutting off unneeded lights and AC units all help to contribute to this student-run initiative.
EcoRollins and the Sustainability Program was recently awarded the Mowbray House as its residence hall for 2010-11. With the selection of No Impact Man as the RCC book for incoming freshmen, there is a huge push for sustainability, so EcoRollins will be working closely with Explorations on a “greener” orientation.
“We’ll be working even more closely with the RAs, House Managers and Peer Mentors to ‘green up’ the residence halls and the lives of incoming freshmen and all undergraduate students,” said Francis.
A variety of sustainable elements – like the use of native plants, a planting garden and low VOC paint – will be incorporated into Mowbray House.
Hopefully, the members of the Rollins community will continue reducing and reusing as well as recycling. With the right outlook, the can-do green thumb attitude that Francis cultivates will continue to grow.
By Jennifer Ritter (Class of 2013)