Dear editor,

I would like to add my praise to all the great things already said about Flagler College’s impressive new vegetarian station (“New Leaf: Eco-Friendly Dining Hall,” 19 February). It’s a smart decision when you consider that a survey by Aramark, a leading food-service provider, concluded that nearly a quarter of college students are actively seeking out vegan options when they sit down to eat, for reasons ranging from their own health to environmental concerns—and of course, because of animal suffering.

Picnic to fill stomachs and minds

By Max Roux |

NEW UPDATE: Due to complications with reserving the West Lawn, the picnic will be Wednesday, March 3.
NEW UPDATE: The Greenpeace picnic is Friday, Feb. 26 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
UPDATE: The Greenpeace picnic is being postponed until Tuesday, Feb. 23, due to predicted widespread showers and thunderstorms.

If you pass by the West Lawn on Monday, Feb. 22, the aroma of grilled vegetable kabobs may catch your attention.

It may lure you toward the scent of a variety of natural recipes and organic dishes. You will find yourself at the Organic Delight Picnic.

New Leaf: Eco-friendly dining hall

By Lauren Belcher |
Illustration by Charis Harper

Around mid-January, I got an e-mail about the dining hall introducing a new vegetarian station.

I was excited that the college would make such a big transition, so I decided to check it out. Now, I am an employee of ARAMARK, but I work at Bugg’s Bistro, not the dining hall. I have no prior knowledge of what they do over there, other than my time as a freshman when I lived on campus.

Flagler grows ‘greener’ with Hunger Initiative

By Caroline Young |
Photo by Matthew Boyle

PHOTO CAPTION: Chuck Riffenburg created the proposal for a Flagler College Hunger Initiative. The initiative will grow food for the hungry and homeless in St. Augustine.

Riffenburg is First Chair of Student Government Association’s Green Committee. Along with friend Joshua Currie, Riffenburg created the Flagler College Hunger Initiative. He is also an intern for CitySprout and is helping build the garden boxes in Lincolnville.

New Leaf: Economize your printing

Lauren Belcher |


At Flagler College we get 500 pages per semester worth of printing in the library. Why not make the most out of your pages?

North American academics are among the highest paper wasters in the world, according to e-green tips from Tri-County Community College Library. “If academics in China used as much paper as we do in North America, the world’s rainforest supply would be depleted within a year.”

Students to plant vermicompost bin on-campus

By Caroline Young |
Photo by Matthew Boyle

PHOTO CAPTION: Students are working on a system that will turn waste from Bugg’s Bistro into a soil amendment.

Ideas and projects are sprouting up all over campus, with one common goal: make Flagler “greener.” Student Government Association recently approved four environmental science students’ final class project, which is a fully functioning on-campus vermicomposting system.

New Leaf: ‘Green Drinks’ shakes, stirs eco-mindset

By Lauren Belcher |

Lifestyle Expert Rio Simone decided that St. Augustine needed to have a social outlet for “green” people to meet and talk about their lifestyles.

A self-described “lifestyle expert,” Simone advises people about issues like nutrition, fitness and stress management for optimum performance. She brought Green Drinks International, an environmental networking group, to Café Eleven on Tuesday.