With eight weeks remaining in the semester, the members of the Student Government Association are eager to finalize and implement their plans for future students.
One particularly important issue that was finalized in their Tuesday meeting was the plans to implement a electric car charging station on campus.
George Ladabouche, director of Corporate Giving and Major gifts reached out to SGA to ask for their financial support in locating an electric fueling station on campus.
“This will not only help fuel the local movement in Rutland toward sustainability, but to show that Castleton is a premiere actor in the project,” said Ladabouche.
With a $17,000 grant from Green Mountain Power and the SGA support of over $26,000, the group moved to approve the project.
“The project will go ahead no matter our approval,” said SGA President Timothy Mackintosh. “The main factor is whether we as a group want to support it both in action and in finances. I think it’s a great project that moves us forward as a college and a community.”
The approved measure will allow for a solar array and powering station outside of the Jeffords science building. Ladabouche applauded the group’s careful consideration, adding that the project itself is indicative of the types of initiatives the college is working on towards sustainability.
In other SGA news, the group continues to work towards projects like the “ZipCar,” which would provide rentable vehicle access to on-campus students without transportation, and also, approved measures to develop the building of an outdoor bus station.
With the semester winding down, another important legacy the SGA passes down is that of student elections.
Elections this year will be held throughout the end of March and into April. The process will allow for both in-person and online voting. The first 500 in-person voters will be rewarded for their participation with SGA supported Spartan reusable water bottles. In-person voting will take place in Huden and the Campus Center from April 14 to 21. Online voting will be available from March 28 to April 4.
The SGA meets at 5 p.m. on Tuesdays in the SGA office in the Campus Center. College and community members are always welcome and encouraged to attend.