Kristen is planting shrubs and plants on the Fourchon Ridge in
southern Louisiana as part of the 2013 Alternative Winter Break
What does sustainability mean to you?
Sustainability, in my opinion, is a way of life; it involves
making decisions in a way that consider one’s effect on the
environment. The goal is to work with the planet, and not
What are you doing to help UB become more
To help UB become more sustainable, I am involving myself on
campus as much as possible. I am a member of Alpha Kappa Chi, an
environmental fraternity, and working through them to promote
awareness on campus. I believe education is central to
How do you involve UB’s faculty or staff in your
I try my best to establish relationships with UB’s
environmental faculty and staff. I invest time in getting to know
them and learning from their lives, and have invited several to
speak to the fraternity about their experiences.
How has sustainability impacted your academic
Sustainability has impacted my academic pursuits in that it has
determined my future. I have committed myself to studying the
environment and making a living by living sustainability and
teaching others how to be sustainable.
What is the one thing you would like people to know that you
do in your personal life to further sustainability?
Personally, I use as many reusable resources as I can in my day
to day life – I drink a lot of coffee, so I make sure I use
my travel mug, and whenever I shop, I bring reusable bags. It has
become a way of life for me; it has actually become a habit to use
reusable items to the point where using paper or plastic is
uncomfortable for me.
How could UB improve its sustainability efforts?
I think the biggest thing UB can do to improve sustainability
efforts is to promote reusable water bottles and cut down on
plastic bottles. As I mentioned, the key to sustainability is
education. UB needs to focus its mission on sustainability, and
then teach its students to do the same, leading by example.
Photos from the Louisiana Wetlands Alternative Spring Break Trip