Green team needs your support

By Kelsey Kastrava
February 7, 2011

The college’s efforts of creating a Green team are helping to organize and execute a way for all areas of the college to actively participate in going green.

Three major areas in the college are already finding ways to be more eco-friendly–dining services, the purchasing department and facilities (the department responsible for buildings and grounds). These departments presented at a recent meeting the ways in which they already have implemented positive changes.

However, what are the rest of the faculty, staff and students doing to make our campus a more sustainable place to live and learn?

Loquitur supports the green team’s mission to ultimately get all departments and community members on campus to play a part in creating the most ecologically sustainable campus possible.

There is only one way to make this happen: to ensure that the green team is a coalition of all branches of the college that share the same goals and ambitions of helping the environment.

Would you be willing to take part in a campus-wide movement to make the school more sustainable? Do you even know enough about the importance of sustainability to care?

Loquitur would like to recognize the green team’s effort in initiating this coalition.

They are essentially creating one go-to source for us to learn about ways we can

make the campus more sustainable in every aspect of our four years in college.

The team’s first meeting had a smaller-than-expected turn-out because  the school in the morning because of a storm.

This kind of change on a college campus is one that will help us in both the short-term and long-term. In the short term, eco-friendly practices may reduce some energy bills and perhaps our tuition, but, in the long-term, changes can affect the lives of all the people–students, family members and employees–by making us all modify the fundamentals of living to produce a more environmentally sustainable life.

We are the change we wish to see and without knowledge on the matter at hand and without the efforts of the entire community, the change is unlikely to happen.

Think next time about the impact of your everyday life. How much water are you using when you shower? Do you recycle properly? Do you drive distances that could easily been covered by foot?

Above all, we should be asking ourselves, what is it I am doing to lead a more more environmentally sustainable life?

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