Published June 13, 2014
What does sustainability mean to you?
This is a word that gets thrown around a lot. For me, sustainability is about staying productive and efficient while maintaining a focus on green/eco-friendly practices. I think of myself as a realist, and I know it’s often very hard to have zero impact on the environments we occupy for work, living, etc. Sustainability is an effort to consciously minimize wasteful habits, simplify the ways we consume and protect the resources we have left.
What are you doing to help UB become more sustainable?
For almost three years I have worked as a student sustainability coordinator for UB Campus Dining & Shops (CDS). That title sounds fancy as I type it out, but what I do is really quite simple. I serve as a voice for both CDS and the students we serve. When we have a project we’re excited about, I share our ideas/initiatives with students in a number of different on-campus settings. On the other hand, I am always asking for student input about our sustainability initiatives and projects. It’s important that the people we serve have a chance to share their support and criticism of the work we do.
How do you involve UB’s faculty or staff in your sustainability work?
Again, my work requires me to listen to other peoples’ opinions all the time, which I am happy to do! I love hearing ideas about how CDS can continue to grow as a nationwide leader in sustainability for college dining services. I have a number of working relationships with faculty, staff and students at UB that have allowed me to enjoy giving guided tours of Crossroads Culinary Center (C3) for nutrition classes, working directly with employees who handle CDS’ composting, several collaborative Earth Week projects, and a number of other communal, group sustainability projects.
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