Seniors sign Green Graduation Pledge
The class of 2011 became the first in university history to sign the Green Graduation Pledge in May. Two hundred forty-seven of the nearly 1000 2011 graduates pledged to take into account the social and environmental consequences of any future endeavors and to work to improve the sustainability of the communities in which they work, live and play.
Students who signed the large banner-sized pledge received a green reusable travel coffee mug with the pledge printed on it, to remind them of their commitment to sustainability in their lives after college.
Members of the 2010-2011 Office of Sustainability intern class, as well as some volunteers, explained the implications of the pledge to seniors after the mandatory senior meeting on April 19 and again during the “Choose to Reuse” campaign celebration on April 25. Seniors had a final opportunity to commit during cap and gown pick-up on May 13.
The Office of Sustainability looks forward to keeping in touch with graduating seniors and hopes to serve as a long-term resource for their ongoing sustainability-related challenges.
By Caitlin Brooks, Communications and Outreach Intern