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Three ways your student can "go green" at KSU

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By Jessica McLeod

College can be a great time for your student to form lifelong habits. A lifestyle that supports sustainable habits can help your student live a healthier and happier life.

According to executive chef Brian Jones, Kennesaw State University Dining’s sustainability efforts can be defined as “thinking globally and acting locally.” To implement this philosophy at The Commons dining hall at the Kennesaw Campus, Jones and his team purchase coffee from Jittery Joe’s, a coffee roaster based in Athens, GA; serve hamburgers made from Georgia-raised beef; and source tofu from a regional producer that contains roughly 60% more protein per serving than previous offerings.

Here are a few ways that students at KSU can begin to act locally:

1. Participate in the Zagster Bike Share Program

Zagster, a bike-sharing program, is coming to KSU this spring. Zagster allows students to borrow bicycles free of charge for up to an hour every day, and continue to use the bikes for a small fee of $3.00 per hour after that.

There will be seven bike racks located on the Marietta Campus and one bike rack at the Kennesaw Campus. Each Zagster station will have five bikes. To borrow a bike, students only have to follow a few easy steps:

  1. Download the Zagster app and join the Kennesaw State University bike share using their school email address (there is no registration fee with an “.edu” email address).
  2. Unlock a bike using their phone.
  3. Enjoy a ride!

When your student is ready to return the bike, all they have to do is find a Zagster station with an open spot, lock their bike and end their ride in the app.

Zagster offers an excellent opportunity for students to get around campus and beyond while cutting down on fuel emissions.

2. Shop at the Farmers Market

The KSU Farmers Market is a great way for students to support local vendors without leaving campus. At the Farmers Market, students will find produce from local growers, handcrafted items like bath soaps and lotions from area artisans, and much more. Several of the booths are occupied by companies founded by KSU Alumni, such as Hometown Honey, which also supplies honey for The Commons.

The KSU Farmers Market takes place each Wednesday (Feb. 28 – May 2) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the green space between The Commons and Prillaman Hall.


3. Sign Up for Our Spring CSA Membership

What is a CSA? CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. The CSA program at KSU gives students access to fresh fruits and vegetables grown right here in the state of Georgia. Students can sign up for the CSA in the Meal Plan office from Feb. 1 to 15, and use Dining Dollars, Kcash, or a credit or debit card to pay $200 for the 10-week membership. On average, each delivery will include six to eight different seasonal selections, which will vary from week to week. Each week’s array is delivered to the Farmers Market in an insulated bag with recipes to make meal planning even easier.

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