Over 1,000 Students Have Signed the UC Sustainability Pledge – Have You?

Sustainability Month is proud to boast a full calendar of events, lectures, and service opportunities, along with the first ever UC Sustainability Pledge.   Sustainability Month is a joint effort between the President’s Advisory Council on Environment & Sustainability (PACES), the Student Sustainability Coalition, and Student Government with support from the Office of Sustainability.  A highlight event of Sustainability Month will be the Gulf Oil Disaster Panel Discussion on Monday, October 25th in Swift 500.  Several expert panelists will be on hand to discuss the facts, implications, and consequences of the largest accidental marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry.

The UC Sustainability Pledge was created with the input of many students, faculty, and staff as an educational outreach tool in order to let the entire campus community know about sustainability and the ways they can get involved.  By more members of our community signing the Pledge and participating in these sustainable actions, they will be playing a direct role in our goals of sustainability and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.  These are linked not only to UC being a signatory of the President’s Climate Commitment, but also to President Williams’ new UC 2019 strategic plan, so by signing and following through – students will be helping make history at UC and maintaining our reputation as one of the “greenest colleges in the U.S.”

Click here to sign the pledge: UC Sustainability Pledge

For full Sustainability Month event details and more, check out www.uc.edu/sustainability

Sustainability is the idea that actions we make today should not adversely affect the possibility for future generations to survive.  The University of Cincinnati recognizes its role as a leader in environmental stewardship, social responsibility and economic prosperity – all important components of sustainability.

Benefits of signing the UC Sustainability Pledge include not only helping the University reach its goals of a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and sustainability, but can also improve the quality of life of the signers.  For example:

·         Reducing use of electricity and water can help save money on utility bills

·         Reducing the amount of food thrown away and other waste can save a student money

·         Walking, riding a bike, or using public transit can save money on gasoline, parking and insurance while also providing exercise

·         Attending sustainability programming or volunteering can help students make friends, network for jobs and learn about possible new careers

The ideas included on the Pledge are not meant to be comprehensive, but a starting point, and signers can add their own ideas.  Future versions of the Pledge will include some of these new concepts.