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The STAND Campaign Comes to UW
November 9, 2007, 11:30 pm
Filed under: Events

KEEN Footwear held an event at the HUB Thursday to promote their STAND campaign, which encourages students to think about ways to effect positive environmental change. The campaign also includes three contests in which students can submit creative projects or statements to express their commitment to sustainability, positive environmental change and raising environmental awareness.

Two students greeted me at the door to the event with free bags of Pirate’s Booty and Bear Naked granola to snack on. I was grateful – and hungry.

About 80 students attended the event – one of the better turnouts on the nationwide, 46-campus tour, according to KEEN’s Chris Enlow. Enlow, who coordinates corporate responsibility for KEEN, Inc., showed several videos and a documentary that illustrates the unique ways people promote sustainability.

The documentary put the spotlight on several people, but I was most interested in Matt Cartwright, an artist and sculptor who crafts sculptures using new and recycled materials. He creates everything from large public sculptures to quirky gates using things he rescues from dumpsters, according to the documentary. Check out some examples of his amazing work here.

To conclude the event, Enlow and KEEN’s UW ambassador, sophomore Karen Harris, raffled off KEEN hats and bags made of recycled materials to lucky students.

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A bag made of recycled rice paper bags. Photo by Devon Mills.

Attendees also voted for a campus organization to receive $1,000 from KEEN, and were encouraged to enter any of the campaign’s three contests for a chance to win a portion of $150,000.

“I really encourage groups or individuals who are looking for funding to be an agent of change,” said Enlow. “Our hope is to get people to push their ideas out there.”

Contest winners will be honored at STAND’s Sustainability Festival on Jun. 22, 2008 in Portland, Oregon. According to Enlow, a 40-piece painting of the STAND logo will be the backdrop for the awards stage. He brought one piece of the painting to the UW for students to sign in silver Sharpie. I may not win any of STAND’s $150,000 prize, but at least my name will be on the awards stage!

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Students sign a piece of the STAND painting that will be displayed at the Sustainability Festival. Photo by Devon Mills.

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UW sophomores Tina Shoemake (left) and Karen Harris show off the signatures. Photo by Devon Mills.

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