Senior Occupational Therapy major
Why are you interested in sustainability?
I've always been interested in sustainability, as I grew up in a household where my parents prided themselves on their minimal energy use and active recycling. Since I come from a large family, our moderately frugal attitude and lifestyle carried over into other aspects including reusing items (hand-me-down clothing, jackets, snow boots, school supplies, etc.), not wasting any food (we couldn't afford to nor wanted to), and my parents' responsible decisions toward limiting our eco-footprints by avoiding traveling far distances, getting fresh water from our well or spring down the road instead of purchasing plastic water bottles, and purchasing fresh and local food from the farm-stands down the road whenever it was available. Another reason I became even more interested in sustainability was during my environmental class in high school where I was exposed to a lot of great information and the documentary "FLOW." SOO, I guess I'm interested in sustainability because it is second nature for me and because we need to become more conscious about what we are doing to our Earth and the impact it is having on other species right now, tomorrow, and in the long run.
What is your best advice on how to live sustainably?
GET SMART! Just kidding, the start can be daunting. Start by reducing the amount of waste you generate through plastic bag use (get reusable bags!), food waste, and energy and fuel waste; turn off lights when you're not in a room, dress warmer and keep the thermostat lower/ dress cooler and open windows to create a cross-breeze rather than cranking the AC, and bike, walk, or use public transportation rather than flooring it in your own car and creating extra emissions! =) All of these suggestions are not only better for our environment, but SAVE YOU MONEY!!!!!!! WOOO!!!!