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Emily Pumm

Emily Pumm

Emily was one of the students who created a film announcing Annie Leonard's March visit to UB. She asked students if they wanted More, or Better "stuff".

What does sustainability mean to you?

To me, sustainability means working towards a world where all walks of life can live harmoniously. As humans, we sometimes hold the false notion that as the "superior race," the rest of the world is at our disposal to fulfill our various wants however we choose. I believe that we have the technologies and knowledge now to reverse these selfish practices to rebuild a world where life can flourish.

What are you doing to help UB become more sustainable?

In my personal life, I try my hardest to limit my waste and eat a plant based diet as often as possible. I always choose to buy used or recyclable products over new ones. I've attended various sustainability themed film screenings and events. As an academic assistant in the on-campus dorms, I hold small programs to empower students on how to be more conscious consumers.

How do you involve UB’s faculty or staff in your sustainability work?

Recently, I've worked with the Undergraduate Academies and the Office of Sustainability to create a promotional video for sustainability advocate, Annie Leonard. It was a great opportunity to do what I love (creating media) while spreading a message I feel very strongly about.

How has sustainability impacted your academic pursuits?  

Initially, when I entered college as a Media Studies major concentrating in Film Production, I had dreams of becoming a Hollywood movie director. Now, after learning more and more about sustainability and various other social movements at University at Buffalo, my interests have certainly swayed. Once I graduate, I hope to help produce media that advocates for social change initiatives and differing perspectives rather than media that perpetuates these conflicts.

What is the one thing you would like people to know that you do in your personal life to further sustainability?

I get compliments on how I dress quite often, and I'm always happy to tell people that most of what I buy is from thrift stores! I love thrift stores because I can find great quality clothing for cheap that would have otherwise been thrown away. 

How could UB improve its sustainability efforts?

I would love to see UB hold a larger, more regular farmer's market, organized clothing and book swaps between students, or a social change orientated media club. Anyway UB can integrate sustainability to students' passions, the better!


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