Campus Consciousness Tour Visits Assumption
As part of Assumption College’s May 5 Spring Concert—featuring electro-pop sensation Capital Cities and pop duo Karmin—environmental non-profit organization REVERB will bring its 13th Campus Consciousness Tour (CCT) to campus. Presented by L.L. Bean, the CCT is visiting 14 colleges and universities across the country to support campus environmental groups and outdoor clubs while mobilizing students to protect natural spaces.
In addition to the concert, CCT will hold a “L.L. Bean BaseCamp” from noon to 3 p.m. May 5 on Hagan Campus Center lawn, where students can participate in various activities and games to support Assumption’s Green Hounds and Outdoor Club. A highlight of the BaseCamp each day is a special performance by tour support act Scavenger Hunt on a solar-powered stage.
“Assumption College is extremely passionate about social justice and being aware of what impact we have on our environment,” said Alexandra Paterson, Assumption’s assistant director of student activities. “At the May 5 Spring Concert, Assumption students will help promote the tour’s theme “Life Is Better Outdoors.”
Assumption prides itself on being a good steward of the Earth’s resources through innovative sustainability measures. The College participates in an annual recycling competition and a car-sharing program, makes energy-efficient improvements to campus buildings, and a solar roof was installed on d’Alzon library. Assumption even has a contract with a solar farm in nearby Spencer. Environmentally friendly modifications were made to the heating plant, which enables the College to produce nearly 10 percent of campus energy. With regard to dining services, waste from Taylor and Hagan Campus Center is composted for reuse.
At the daytime BaseCamp, students will be invited to take photos in the “Better Outdoors Photo Booth” and for each photo taken, the tour will make a $5 donation to be split between Assumption’s environmental group—The Green Hounds—and The Student Conservation Association, a national non-profit whose mission is to build the next generation of conservation leaders by engaging young people in hands-on service to the land. Assumption’s Outdoor Club will be on hand to share opportunities for students to sign up for wilderness trips, and each club will receive a $500 gear pack from L.L. Bean. Additionally, students who complete a number of environmental actions in the BaseCamp are entered to win a pair of “Best Seats in the House” for that night’s concert and a meet-and-greet with Capital Cities.
“We’re looking forward to encouraging students to make the time to connect with the outdoors,” said REVERB Co-Director Adam Gardner. “It’s a great message for all of us to be reminded of when life gets busy.”
The Spring Concert starts at 8 p.m. May 5, in Assumption’s Plourde Recreation Center, 500 Salisbury St., Worcester, Mass. The general public may purchase tickets here.
Kimberly Dunbar, Director of Public Affairs, Assumption College