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Hannah Perno

Hannah Perno

Hannah is an Environmental Studies major at UB and a new member of UB's Professional Environmental Fraternity, Alpha Kappa Chi.

What does sustainability mean to you?

Sustainability to me means meeting human needs with as little or no harm done to the Earth in the process, especially damage that will put future generations in danger.

What are you doing to help UB become more sustainable?

I am joining UB’s environmental fraternity this semester to link up with other students that are also interested in a more sustainable campus, and essentially world. I am also just in general conscious of my waste, where my food comes from, and how I, personally can have the smallest impact each day.

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

As an environmental student here I am educated every day by staff members who have taken their own steps towards sustainability. Also, as a student worker for CDS I try and share my ideas and conscious habits with other staff members, regardless of their age and position.

How has sustainability impacted your academic pursuits?  

My passion deepened for being environmentally conscious of my daily actions from some of the courses I’ve taken in the past two years.

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

I try to create as little waste as possible each day. I also eat food that has not gone under rigorous chemical alterations or travelled extreme distances to convenience me. I always think about how far food would have to travel to be on my plate, and how many different processes it would have to undergo to be in that form.

How could UB improve its sustainability efforts?

I think the top way that UB could improve its sustainability efforts is to further educate the students that go here. It is important to do things like install solar panels, minimize waste, and compost food at campus shops, but the people of our generation need to be educated so we can have a larger group of people that care about the condition of our Earth.

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