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Ideas for fulfilling the sustainable lifestyle commitment Original post: Thu 11/7/2013 at 11:39 AM
This is my response to a student inquiry about how she and her roommates can fulfill their housing agreement; it applies to any other students as well
 
There are many ways to fulfill your commitment to sustainable living. I believe the best ideas come from you - what are you most passionate about? Getting students to switch from bottled water to reusable bottles?  Getting more recycling bins installed around campus? Talking with administrators, faculty, or students about why sustainability should be a bigger priority on their radar screen? Connecting to a larger local, regional, or national movement? Hosting a focus group, workshop, or forum on the idea of starting a green fund for campus projects?
If you're looking for my ideas, there are three areas where you could have a lot of impact right now: 
(1) Re-starting Eco Club: Membership has dwindled and the club is currently on probation; it needs students like yourselves to step up to leadership positions.  If this is something you're interested in, you should seek out Bill Beardslee and/or your SGA leaders to learn more about the process.  
(2) Participating in the Pierce Media Group's "Voices" campaign, which seeks to engage students' voices in sustainability through radio, TV, print, and social media. Contact any of the PMG Board - Sarah Rodriguez, Cloe Rodriguez, Stephen Keimig, or Nick Fulciniti, or Professor Nevious, for more on that. 
(3) Being a designated group to apply for - and more importantly, implement - a grant that would pay for expanding the campus garden, possibly incorporating a composting system, and networking with community organizations to raise food for hungry people in our community. I have the details on that, including a possibility for one of the ES classes to take this on next spring. 
Lastly, it's important that you know you don't have to go it alone; you have many potential allies and partners on these projects, and I am happy to put you in touch with them. You should also feel free to reach out to your Class Reps, CA, ED, Director of Res Life, or any administrator on campus. Tell them how important sustainability is to you, and ask how you can have more impact by partnering with them. 
Let me know if this is helpful, and let me know where you want to go from here.

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