Wellesley College Junior To Create Community Bicycle Program

For immediate release:
February 23, 2006
Arlie Corday

WELLESLEY, Mass. -- Wellesley College junior Anita Yip, who lives on the edge of Boston’s Chinatown, has recently received an award from the National Wildlife Federation Campus Ecology Fellowship Program to create a community bicycle program and to educate the campus and local community about the environmental benefits of alternative transportation and clean energy.

“I plan to present a community bike program proposal to College Government and involve the campus in shaping the implementation of the program,” Yip said. “A group of students and I involved in the newly constituted Community Bike Initiative would like to see the program officially launch in fall 2006.”

The project includes a grant of $1,800, to which Yip has added another $750 from the Katharine Timberman Wright Award from Wellesley’s Center for Work and Service to establish the bicycle program.

Yip explained, “$1800 will be used to buy 10 bikes; $750 will be used to buy helmets, signage, locks, extra bike parts and accessories, publicity, paint and primer, and for having a bike mechanic to certify bikes and teach a course on bike maintenance.” If she can find more funding, she has bigger goals, as well.

“I will also design educational materials for distribution to the campus and community on the economic and environmental benefits of clean energy and alternative transportation and more broadly on global warming and the importance of energy conservation,” she said.

Yip has a long-term interest in ecology and energy issues. “I was a named a Henry David Thoreau Scholar in 2003, which affirmed my past and future commitment to the environment,” said Yip, the daughter of Esther and Ping Wah Yip of Boston.

The Henry David Thoreau Foundation scholarships encourage highly talented and academically successful young women and men to pursue undergraduate studies that advance the quality of life, protect the environment and ensure equitable use of the world’s natural resources.

For three years, Yip has been a member of Wellesley Energy and Environmental Defense (WEED), having collaborated to create the Massachusetts Climate Campaign Summit, a two-day event that brought about 50 students from 10 colleges in Massachusetts, Vermont and Rhode Island to Wellesley College last November. She also has co-coordinated recycling efforts on campus and has served as a dorm recycling representative.

Yip has a long list of environmental work she has accomplished in her years at Wellesley. Last year she organized a rally at Boston City Hall against the Boston University Medical School’s biolab. Last May at Wellesley’s student-project showcase, the Ruhlman Conference, she presented “Not in My Backyard: When the Fight against Bioterrorism is Next Door.”

Last summer she served as open space project manager for the Asian Community Development Corp. (ACDC) through Wellesley’s Lumpkin Summer Institute for Service Learning. Through the ACDC, she managed Berkeley Street Community Garden activities, contacting city councilors and legislators to support Parcel 24, a proposal for a mixed-income community with 50% affordable housing, a public park, roof-top gardens, open space, community space, ground floor retail, and underground parking – all incorporated into a neighborhood-sensitive, environmentally sustainable design.

She also is a four-year member of Gund Kwok, the only Asian women's Lion Dance troupe in North America.
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