Name: Mae Kate Campbell
Expected Major: Geology
Room Certified: Gold
How did you hear about the program?
I learned about it
while researching Oberlin prior to applying here. I was on the Oberlin website
looking at sustainability on campus and found it.
Did the program influence
your choice in coming here?
Not really, but it
is cool, and my main reason for applying to Oberlin was environmental.
What prompted you to
I thought it was a
really unique opportunity for students to see how they are sustainable and how
they can improve. Also, I live in Kahn and my RA encouraged us.
Why did you think it was
important to certify your room?
I thought it was
important to learn more about what I am already doing, since I am someone who
is trying to be more sustainable. I wanted to try to work towards improvement
in areas I was incomplete in also.
Do you feel that the
program is a good way to increase sustainability?
makes students look at how they are living and what they can do to be more
eco-friendly, which I think is helpful.
Have you told any other
people about the program?
Yes! I talked to
friends after I completed it and asked if they had done it. We talked about our
thoughts on the criteria and I prompted other people to certify their rooms as
What are your past actions
and what are you planning to do?
Now that I have certified
my room I am going to work on water use. It made me think about how precious a
resource water is and how much I value it. I definitely need to work on my
water consumption, though.
What would your perfect
sustainable campus look like?
I would like to see
Oberlin transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy, which I know is an
ongoing process and requires a lot of coordination that the college is working
on. I would like Oberlin to try to encourage other colleges to do the same. I
want to “spread the love” and see everyone go towards renewable energy.
Any suggestions for the
program or survey’s improvement?
A lot of people
don’t take it seriously. I am not sure how we would increase the number of
people invested in it, or have people have a better attitude towards it, or
more respect towards the program, but that would be important to move towards.
Working towards showing people what a difference their actions are making.
Do you have any suggestions
as to what you would like to see in the future?
In terms of
sustainability on campus it would be cool to see more sustainability and
environmental education in courses that are not environmental courses. There
are a lot of things that are not being taught with sustainability in mind, but
it could be incorporated to increase student knowledge across the board.
Like an intersectionality
of sustainability in other courses other than ENVS?
My high school had an
environmental literacy program. The point was to imbue as many courses as
possible with environmental literacy. People graduated with a lot of knowledge
about their impact on the earth and how to mitigate it. I thought that was
really cool and would love to see that happen here.
Are there bigger things
that people could be doing on campus?
Everyone should encourage
people around them to be more sustainable. Even though it is sometimes
difficult to bring up, it is definitely important to be vocal about it.
What is your relationship
I have always been
an eco-conscious person. I think having been born on this earth, I, and we,
have a responsibility to protect it for future generations. I feel like I have
a moral obligation. In some ways I am fulfilling it but there is still a lot I
have to work on.
Are you more interested in
group or individual action?
Both are important.
Education especially is something that is really necessary to increase
knowledge so people become more sustainable. The program is definitely in that category; it
provides a good marker of where you are and how you can increase whatever you