Joseph McKeen
Center for the Common Good

Jonathan Viera
Class of 2011

Posted May 02, 2011

On service at Bowdoin, Jon Viera '11 says, "During my first year at Bowdoin I heard this buzzword circulating around campus: the common good. I had no idea what it was about or what it meant, though as a sophomore, it became little clearer to me."

It was then that he became involved with Sustainable Bowdoin as an Eco-Rep for Hyde Hall. For Jon, it was his first chance to interact with the campus and discuss issues of sustainability as well as share his passion for the environment. In effect, the experience grounded how he could engage the campus on a given theme.

Later Jon began working as a student leader with the Yellow Bike Club (YBC), Bowdoin’s bike sharing program. The idea was simple: to maintain a fleet of bikes for faculty, staff and students, as a means of alternative transportation and give the Bowdoin community a fun way to travel around Brunswick.

As the club has grown, a strong foundation for success has developed for the YBC.  It is through the YBC that Jon has become involved with the campus, to provide a service to anyone who wishes to join. That is not to say that it has been easy, or that there haven’t been obstacles along the way.  A simple idea became the vehicle for him to be a sustainable member of his community, which for so many reasons, means to the world to him.

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