Hopkins must make campus sustainability a priority

3 Responses to "Hopkins must make campus sustainability a priority"

  1. Liz   September 8, 2017 at 8:19 pm

    Great article Nancy.
    I certainly would like to hear that more orientation through out the semester and around campus is done.

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  2. Daniel   September 11, 2017 at 8:19 am

    Interesting points, Nancy, and I think many of us who support action from within the Hopkins community to improve our environment would agree that more can be done. To your point about the “limitations of Meatless Monday,” what exactly are you talking about? Yes, lifestyle habits can be difficult to change, especially among adults, and yes, those who eat meat may find it hard to replace their primary source of protein, but a program like Meatless Monday provides individuals with the opportunity to make small, incremental changes to their diet, if not just one meal a week. This is how health promotion succeeds: small, incremental changes through policies and programs that create a healthier environment to facilitate behavior change. Furthermore, large-scale food providers who offer one day of meatless options can significantly reduce their aggregate environmental impact over the year.

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  3. Leana   September 12, 2017 at 8:27 am

    Nancy,
    Thank you for taking the time to explore and raise the issue of sustainability and waste issues on campus. As the Recycling Manager, I’m pleased that you pointed out the many things that my office and the Office of Sustainability have done over the many years to build infrastructure and programing that supports sustainable behaviors at Homewood. We do work tirelessly especially during this busy time of Orientation and the start of the semester to ensure that new and returning students know what the expectations are for eco-smart living. We also work with our partners in Housing, Dining, Orientation/First Year Office, and Residential Life to make those choices as simple as possible with compost only events at Orientation, convenient locations for composting in all buildings on campus, point of decision reminders like the compost me stickers and compost cheat sheet stickers that are now in every student room, as well as, training RAs and First Year Mentors so that they can educate their residents and peers.

    I whole heartedly agree that integrating sustainability concepts and expectations into more mainstream programing and everyday encounters for students is necessary to truly make eco-smart behaviors the norm for all students not just the more environmentally conscious. And I welcome your and others’ suggestions for how you would like to see our offices better meet your needs. The challenge we face is that we are up against many different and diverging issues that compete for student and administrative bandwidth. Students are the “customer” at Hopkins and if they speak up and declare sustainability and waste reduction to be important others will take notice. Homewood Recycling and the Office of Sustainability would love for a coalition from all sectors of the University to join together to discuss how we can change the culture and I hope that this article might be that first step.

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