Student Writings: What does Sustainability mean to me?
Environmental Science student Ashleigh Ratcliff discusses her views of sustainability in the following essay:
“….We need to ensure that our current actions will not deplete our resources and devastate our environment for future generations. The steps we take now towards living an Eco-friendly and green lifestyle will benefit our world for years and years to come. A sustainable community is environmentally, economically and socially healthy. Having a focus on the future rather than meeting present and personal requirements at the expense of the environment and fellow people of our society is just one part of the forward thinking of a community that promotes sustainability. People need to understand and realize that overspending on unnecessary items, over consumption and waste of food, driving gas guzzling SUV’s and not supporting the local economy all have detrimental effect on our environmental, economic and social societies.”
- As of 4-25-13, 325 people have pledged - Thanks!
The PCC Sustainability Committee is inviting students, faculty and staff to support sustainability in our community by signing the PCC Sustainability Pledge. This Pledge is to encourage sustainable practices both on campus and at home to increase our personal and environmental responsibility.
As a member of the PCC community, I pledge to take actions to reduce the impact my lifestyle, daily activities, and choices have on the local and global environment. I will:
1. Take Responsibility
Each individual should feel and act responsible for our shared spaces and resources. Educate others, ask questions, and work towards a cleaner, greener community.
2. Waste Less
Take steps to conserve electricity, water, fuel and materials. Shut off the lights! See the Green Home Checklist for what you can do at home!
3. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Use more durable products, think before you send something to the landfill, and recycle everything you can! Check the Recycling in Pitt County page to find a list of accepted recyclable materials!
4. Support Local
Increase our community's ability to be self-reliant. Support local businesses and agriculture. Local products also reduce fossil fuel use for transportation.
5. Think Long Term
On a daily basis, consider the consequences that our actions today will have on future generations - our children!