The first chapter of the Responsible Consumers Club was founded at Davidson College in 2012. It grew out of a forum event at the College on “Becoming a Responsible Consumer,” which was hosted by the Environmental Action Committee, a student group on campus. Dr. Graham Bullock, Professor of Political Science and Environmental Studies, and Dr. David Perry, Director of the Vann Center for Ethics, both spoke at the event, and Davidson students and community members shared their work on responsible consumption as well (click here for more on the idea of responsible consumption).
The strong interest in the topic inspired a group of students, staff, and faculty to start the Responsible Consumption Working Group in the spring of 2012. The Working Group met regularly that semester, and shared their research on different products and companies with each other in both formal and informal presentations. New members continued to join the group, which decided over the summer to become an official student organization at Davidson. The group continued to meet during the 2012-2013 school year, under the leadership of Stephanie Schauder, Sarah Bowers, and Marcus Carson.
With the creation of this website in 2014, the Responsible Consumers Club entered into a new phase as an online community. This online community is supported by the Sustainability Information Lab, a research initiative at Davidson College led by Dr. Graham Bullock. The Lab is dedicated to the analysis, creation, and dissemination of information about the sustainability of products, companies, and other entities. To learn more about the Sustainability Information Lab, please visit the Lab’s website at sites.davidson.edu/sil. If you would like to get involved in the leadership and operations of the Responsible Consumers Club, please contact Dr. Bullock (grbullock at davidson.edu). We look forward to hearing from you!