In an effort to use less paper on campus, students and faculty entering Bunn ICC on Sept. 8 received bananas instead of fliers promoting renowned primatologist Jane Goodall
’s lecture the next day
in Gaston Hall.
Members of the Center for the Environment and Lecture Fund passed out nearly 500 bananas from student-run business The Corp to coincide with Goodall’s nearly 50-year research of chimpanzee social and family interactions, which she pioneered in Gombe, Tanzania.
“The banana promotion was well-received,” said Caitlin Karniski (C’11)
, an intern with Georgetown’s Center for the Environment. The center sponsors green initiatives and events on campus throughout the year, including the Green Job Expo and Green Fair.
Will Georgia (C'10), left, and Caitlin
Karniski (C'11), right, hand out
bananas in Bunn ICC the day
before Jane Goodall's Sept. 9
lecture in Gaston Hall.
“We’ll definitely look into creative ways of promoting future events,” Karniski said.
The Lecture Fund reduced the amount of paper used to promote the event in residence halls by 75 percent through employing quarter-sheet fliers instead of full sheets
“This is great,” said Jessica Kuntz (SFS’10)
, the Lecture Fund’s vice chair of external affairs. “I’ve never marketed with fruit before, but it gets a lot more attention than when you’re trying to shove a piece of paper in somebody’s hand.”
Goodall’s lecture, which begins at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 9, also is sponsored by the biology, history and psychology departments; EcoAction, Georgetown Bookstore; the Mortara Center for International Studies; Georgetown Outdoor Education; and the Science, Technology and International Affairs Program.
If you can't make it to the event, there will be a live webcast.