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JSU student promotes walking, biking to class

Senior mass communications Taylor Bembery of Detroit has been named a semi-finalist in the Toyota Green Initiative ‘Green Your Campus’ competition, where she will represent Jackson State University against 16 other students in the SWAC and CIAA conferences.

Taylor Bembery

Taylor Bembery

Part of the competition is to implement a program on campus that will help students become more conscious of the impact they have on the environment. Bembery will host a ‘Green Your Campus’ event on Friday, April 4, on the Gibbs-Green Pedestrian Walkway from noon to 1 p.m. to promote her “Don’t Drive To Campus” campaign.

Bembery will give away T-shirts, water bottles, gift cards, and reusable totes that were donated to her from Whole Foods Market in Jackson. Light refreshments will be served.

She  encourages students who live on the main campus or in a one- to two-mile radius of the university to ride their bicycles or walk as much as possible to class, the gym and campus events. This will not only decrease the release of pollution from unnecessary driving, but will increase students’ daily physical activity.

Thaddeus Wright, a senior English major from Chicago, rides his bicycle from his apartment in the Palisades daily.

Thaddeus Wright, a senior English major from Chicago, rides his bicycle from his apartment in the Palisades daily.

Bembery’s campaign correlates with her ultimate goal to have bicycle and walking lanes called “Tiger Trails” around the JSU campus.

“This will not only help the environment, but the lives of Jacksonians,” she said.

Bembery has lost over 70 pounds since April 2012 and is passionate about decreasing the obesity rate in Mississippi. She hopes winning the competition will give her a platform to achieve her goal of implementing “Tiger Trails.”

Public voting for the Toyota Green Initiative ‘Green Your Campus’  contest will be open from April 22 until May 1 at https://www.toyotagreen.com/contest/entries.php. Be sure to vote for Bembery’s “Tiger Trails” idea.

 

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