Allison Rogers - Miss Rhode Island 2006
- Location: RI - 02908
- Marching Since: May 6, 2006
I am marching because one day I hope to be a mother - I care deeply about the health of the planet I am leaving for my children, their children, and all future generations.
I am marching because I can't express the worry I feel when I hear that ice the size of Rhode Island, my homestate, is melting in the Arctic.
I am marching because in 30 years, I don't want to be able to look back and say "Wow, I could have done so much more then." I am marching today so we can make a difference - for today and for the future.
I am marching because I think Global Warming is the most important issue facing humankind today.
I won the title of Miss Rhode Island on Earth Day (talk about timing!), April 22, 2006. I ran for Miss Rhode Island because I thought we, as an environmental movement, needed to find new and creative ways to reach new audiences. As Miss Rhode Island, my platform is "Go Green! Global Warming Awareness."
I have been working on Global Warming Awareness and action for the past five years, both as a university student and now as a university administrator. For the past two years, I have managed the Green Living Programs at Harvard College, Harvard Law School, Harvard Business School, and Harvard Real Estate Services - working with inspiring student leaders and amazing staff to encourage behavioral change on campus.
By addressing Global Warming, we not only improve the environment we're leaving for future generations, but we also improve the quality of our lives today. "Going Green" saves us money, creates economic and professional development opportunities, and improves our health, just to name a few of the many side benefits.
For example, in its first year alone, the Resource Efficiency Program (REP) saved Harvard College over $120,000 in reduced utilities costs, through reduced electricity and steam usage and increased recycling. Since then, the savings have dramatically increased every year. "Going Green" can truly "Save You Green," as this wonderful and educational website illustrates, and as proven by our environmental education/behavioral change programs at Harvard.
Finally, I am marching because I want to bring the Stop Global Warming message in a creative way to my fellow Rhode Islanders - and hopefully, through the Miss America Competition, to the American public.
Miss America Organization: www.missamerica.org
Miss Rhode Island Organization: www.missri.com
Harvard Green Campus Initiative: www.greencampus.harvard.edu