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Katie Fenton, Online Reporter
The Office of Student Life is hosting a trip to Theo Chocolate in Seattle for a factory tour on Feb. 13.
The trip, which lasts from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., was organized by Sustainability Coordinator Morgan Pasquier.
“The company that we’re going to operates on very sustainable values,” Pasquier said. “They keep it fairly sourced and open sourced. A good chunk of the tour is going to be about that aspect of business.”
As sustainability coordinator, Pasquier hosts events that mainly revolve around environmentalism. She organized the Jan. 24 snowshoeing trip to Mt. Rainier, where students learned about ecology and climate change.
Pasquier said her previous events, such as the Dead Man’s Pond Restoration Project, haven’t been as popular because she tried to make them similar to activities experienced in Girl Scouts.
“Watching a documentary or a service project can be fun, but it doesn’t present as such until you’re there,” Pasquier said. “(Now) I bury the education nugget with more fun activities.”
The chocolate factory tour, which will include chocolate sampling, is aimed at educating students about the food industry and sustainable economics.
“Students will get a real close look at where their food comes from,” Pasquier said. “You have a stronger connection to what you’re eating. A lot of people will just take things off the shelf without thinking where it comes from.”
Pasquier also hopes to encourage students to support smaller businesses.
When she stayed on a sustainable farm in Costa Rica, Pasquier learned that organic and local companies, although more expensive in the short term, are less costly on a global and national scale.
“We’re not going to let companies like Nestle use child labor and stuff like that,” Pasquier said. “As consumers, we have the most powerful voice in the country. I want students to know they can and should use that voice.”
The $250 trip is limited to 24 people and is currently full, but Pasquier said she’s considering holding a second tour.
In the meantime, Pasquier has planned two more events for winter quarter. On Feb. 23, Marty Essen, who’s traveled to all seven continents, will be speaking at “Around the World in 50 Minutes” from 1-2 p.m. in the MPR.
From 1-3 p.m. on March 10 there will be a viewing of the documentary No Impact Man, which features a New York family that tries to eliminate its carbon footprint for a year. The event will take place in the MPR.
For more information about the OSL and upcoming events, stop by room C210 in the College Center. Students are also welcome to make suggestions for future events. Pasquier can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 253-912-2399 ext 8733. [/responsivevoice]
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