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Florida Atlantic University freshman has a 'green' mission

Alex Van Mecl, a 19- year-old FAU freshman, is all mission green as he runs around the Student Development and Activities Center in Student Union checking his mail.

Although he is a communication major and political science minor, Van Mecl has always been intrigued with the environment. He has plans to get a master’s degree in environmental education.

“What can I say? I’m an ambitious freshman,” Van Mecl says.

Van Mecl founded the club called Mission Green Student Coalition in the fall semester. He wants to educate and engage the student body more in practices involved with conserving the environment. The club’s motto is “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.”

“Growing up on the west coast, in Fort Myers, you see what happens when negligence is being brought into the environment. I guess you could say this was like my epiphany. I became a strong advocate, and a defender of what we have to live in because we only have one habitat as it is,” Van Mecl says.

Not only is saving the environment an issue to Van Mecl, but so is balancing his time. Between being president of Mission Green, pledging a fraternity (Delta Tau Delta) and studies, Van Mecl has a lot on his plate.

“It’s tough and hard to maintain at times but when you have such a strong passion and interest in something you put all your hard work and effort into it and it leads you to the top,” Van Mecl says.

Among Van Mecl’s goals for Mission Green are campus and beach clean-ups, and increasing the volume of recycling at the dormitories.

“I have big plans for Mission Green. There are no set dates or times for these events. However. I’m in the process of forming them,” he says.

Sponsored by Student Government, Mission Green had more than 40 people attend its first meeting.

“Anyone who is willing to make a difference in the environment is welcome. Remember next time you have a bottle in your hand go green, go Mission Green!” Van Mecl shouts.

Even his attire has a green touch. On this day, Van Mecl is wearing a tight-fitting green button-down collared shirt paired with a black tie, black slacks and black leather dress shoes. They contrast with his peach skin, sharp blue eyes and blond slicked-back hair.

“Alex is always in here busy with some sort of activity he has planned. He is very outgoing, determined, and always gets what he strives for the most,” says Alicia Keating assistant director of the Student Development and Activities Center.

For more information on Mission Green contact Van Mecl at avanmec@fau.edu.




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