(Frat) Boys will be (Eco) Boys. Only in Boulder?

Via on Jul 29, 2009

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You know solar is beginning to make sense when it reaches beyond the environmental crowd and straight into the heart of mainstream, just-wanna-have-a-good-time America. Kappa Sigma’s Boulder, Colorado chapter leads the way.

Boulder, Colorado) Yesterday, I was biking my way with Redford, my half-hound, for a grouchy black-coffee and best-in-Boulder pastry-fueld brunch at Burnt Toast, an eco-ish favorite restaurant of mine in Boulder, Colorado. On the way, we caught a chocolate lab, running wild and free, called his owner, and returned the dog to his master. I mean, guardian.

We then ran into a big tall wide frat boy with a little new puppy. Man, this guy should be the spokesman for a Reformed Image of Fraternities Everywhere. He casually informed us that he’d adopted the little two-week-old pup when he’d seen in “in a bag” carried by the Rainbow Children, who were in town last week. Said Frat boy then said he’d told the Rainbow children he’d like to adopt the pup, give it a better life that perhaps they couldn’t afford. Seeing as how The Children had a whole litter (not responsible parenting, Children, considering Humane Societies are over-full across our Nation—and you know what they means for the un-adopted). They readily assented.

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I then pointed out the solar panels lining the big Frat House he stood in front of. Or, rather, behind.

This your House, I asked?

Yup.

Why’d you put in panels, I asked, expecting an uninformed, unenthusiastic response.

Well, see, Colorado passed some rebates that made ‘em only cost 50% of x, the payoff would happen over x years instead of y, the Order gave the go ahead and it starts paying off in only a few years. Only cost us xy. He knew what he was talking about, and said it all without a trace of giving-a-shit–in a good way. They’d done it, after all, “just ’cause it makes sense.”

Finally, I asked him the name of the frat. My friend Lindsey said, why, you gonna do a blog on it? Yup, I said.

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About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | facebook.com/elephantjournal | twitter.com/elephantjournal | facebook.com/waylonhlewis | twitter.com/waylonlewis | Google+ For more: publisherelephantjournalcom

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13 Responses to “(Frat) Boys will be (Eco) Boys. Only in Boulder?”

  1. Mary says:

    Just a few news articles from that "other" school!

    http://www.news.colostate.edu/Release/4187
    http://www.news.colostate.edu/Release/4296

    (I'm an alum and a little proud!)

  2. swati jr* says:

    just don't drink their kool-aid.

  3. Karina says:

    They are pretty awesome guys, not your typical frat boys… KUDOS to Kappa Sigma! One of the best fraternities on campus! :)

  4. Neil Robertson says:

    I'm a recent alum of this fraternity and they truly are a breed if their own (in a good way) and changing many of the notions of what a "frat boy" is. Way to go guys! Proud to see that!

  5. Dan Whitney says:

    Who designed that solar system? It looks AWESOME!

  6. Erin says:

    The install was performed by REC Solar. They are a nationwide solar provider with a local branch. They are professional, helpful, and very knowledgable. If you want more info check out http://www.recsolar.com

  7. mary says:

    @FratGuyCOORSLIGHT
    …nor can you spell, how'd you get into college?

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