College is a time where each of us is trying to define who we are. We decide what to study, what career path to pursue, what political or social institutions to align with, and what values drive our decisions. I think it's safe to say that most of us share a few values in common; for example, we value a good education and trustworthy relationships with our friends. But where do environmental values fit into the scheme of decisions that demand our attention? In a world of classes, part-time jobs and extracurricular activities, thinking about environmental issues might be the last thing on our mind. But what if I told you that by concerning ourselves with environmental issues, even if only a very small bit, we would be able to ensure that we are living healthier, happier, and more rewarding lives?
As we go through our 4 (or more) years at BSU, we will find that issues of sustainability are tied to every aspect of our experiences. Sustainability is not only about environmental issues. It's about how to save money and resources, which I know we could all use a little more of! Sustainability is about how to make sure that we are doing less damage to ourselves and the world around us. Its about ensuring that generations of BSU students will be able to enjoy the same traditions we did as students, rather than living on a crummy, exhausted campus because we weren't more careful about the decisions we made.
For my senior honors creative project, I created a guide for students to learn how to become "green students," and this website contains the information that was in this guide. As you look through this site, keep something in mind: you cannot simply vow to all of a sudden be "green." Being a green student is all about changing the way we think and making choices based on our new ideas. Make one or two small changes at a time and believe that they will have a positive result.
Even if you decide that this isn't the right time for you to start living sustainably, challenge yourself to think about the impacts of your behaviors and how they might affect your choices in the future.