The White House honors five young leaders as Champions of Change for outstanding leadership on their college campuses, chosen by the public for their projects that embody the President’s goal to win the future. March 15, 2012. Source: Umass Permaculture.com
The UMass Amherst Permaculture Committee, a student group that I am working with, received some incredible news this week! We received a call from The White House and we’ve been notified that we’re selected as 1 of 15 finalists (out of 1000+ applications!) for the Campus Champions of Change Challenge! This means we are in the final round, and the general public is now voting for which teams will get A TRIP TO THE WHITE HOUSE and also be featured on MTV’s program “The Deans List” which has over 9 million viewers.
We have only 1 week to tally as many votes as we can – voting ends Saturday, March 3 at midnight est (New York time!) Here’s a short description about our student group, and instructions for how to vote: https://campuschallenge.uservoice.com/forums/148562-campus-champions-of-chang…
“UMass Amherst Permaculture is a student group that educates the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus and the local community about ecological permaculture solutions by demonstrating edible perennial landscapes that are highly productive, low maintenance, environmentally sustainable, and socially responsible!”
How to vote (it takes 30 seconds and you just need an e-mail address!):
Simply follow this link below and click vote (all 3 of your votes, if you choose!) for “UMASS Amherst Permaculture Initiative”! All you need is an e-mail address!
Please share this with others! Some examples for how to do this are: Post the link on your Facebook wall / Twitter feed so others in your network will also vote! Forward this e-mail / link to your friends, family, listservs, Facebook groups, etc! Ask them to vote and share it with others as well.
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Please take 30 seconds and vote (all 3 votes, if you feel inspired!) to help my friends earn a trip to The White House! They are changing the world through permaculture gardens at UMass Amherst.
In summary, we feel that this is such an amazing opportunity to bring huge amounts of positive light to UMass Permaculture on the international stage – to further promote UMass Amherst as a leader in creating the environmentally and socially-just food system and world that we all want to see. Please vote for UMass Amherst Permaculture Initiative and you’ll be sending a clear message that this project is something we want to see more support for. Thank you so much, everyone. We could be at the White House on March 15 with your help!
This video focuses on phases II and III of the project: the campus-wide garden design and implementation. UMass Amherst transformed a 1/4 grass lawn on campus into a thriving, abundant, permaculture garden during the 2010-2011 academic year. Learn how this student-led project can be easily replicated and spread to other campuses, institutions… any piece of land for that matter. UMass Amherst is one of the first university’s undertaking a project like this, directly on campus, and supplying the food to its dining commons.