PhilaU Graduate Student Rides on Green Apple Bike Tour

M.S. in Sustainable Design student Victoria Herrero-Garcia is representing PhilaU’s U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) student chapter on the 2013 Green Apple Bike Tour, an eight-day trip to promote sustainability.

In addition to raising awareness about sustainability, Herrero-Garcia and 13 other riders are making a tangible difference along the way by participating in three service projects.

The group kicked off the tour by constructing a living wall at a Washington, D.C., charter school on Nov. 12. Then, from USGBC headquarters in D.C., the cyclists started their 230-mile journey to the 2013 Greenbuild conference in Philadelphia. En route, they will stop in Lancaster, Pa., to do another service project on waste management.

“Sustainability is already out there, but it is not an easy journey,” Herrero-Garcia said. “This is going to be a great adventure.”

“We are all very proud of Victoria and admire her determination,” said Robert Fleming, director of PhilaU’s Sustainable Design program and advisor to the student USGBC chapter.

She is hoping the bike tour will spread sustainability awareness to America’s youth. “It is really important to have the younger generations caring for our planet,” Herrero-Garcia said.

Once the bikers arrive in Philadelphia on Nov. 19, they will complete the final service project—an educational session on sustainability at George Washington Carver H.S. The team will then share its experience and represent the Green Apple initiative at the 2013 Greenbuild International Expo, the world’s largest green building conference, which is being held Nov. 20-22 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Last year, 20 USGBC students participated in the Green Apple Bus Tour from Ithaca, N.Y., to the Greenbuild conference in San Francisco.

Follow Herrero-Garcia and other cyclists along the bike tour at #bikegreenapple and Green Apple will be sharing daily updates through photos, videos and blog entries.

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