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Sustainable Living Week ~ A CAMPUS PROJECT

~  "One Sustainable Thing" Campus Event  ~

Community Health Intern Brandi Bishop (SUNY Potsdam '11) has created a fun and informative week of "One Sustainable Thing" Pledge events for both students and faculty that can be duplicated at colleges and other places anywhere in the world.

The event promotes simple ways to live; reducing your "ecological footprint" every day. Encouraging people to think about one topic each day will make them feel empowered and help them realize that small changes in lifestyle can create a large impact. 

Want to promote "greener" living on your campus?
Here's a simple way to do just that.

The Sustainable Living Week ~ “One Sustainable Thing” campus event is an extension of the Sustainable Living Project’s “One Sustainable Thing” pledge campaign.

~ Promoting people to act in a more sustainable manner is the core purpose of both campaigns ~

Helpful resources are available as attachments below.  
Check out our College Guide to bring "Sustainable Living Week" to your campus.


Everyone can become more environmentally friendly by making more thoughtful choices in regards to habits, actions, and lifestyle. The pledge can be something as simple as taking a shorter shower once a week or as committed as starting your own garden or compost pile.

          Life depends on a complex set of interactions between people, the natural environment and economic systems. The unprecedented growth of the 20th century has affected these relationships. Heavy resource extraction and record pollution levels have put great stress on the environment. Many of us have come to realize that as a Nation we face environmental issues; furthermore, we are at the center of these issues.

means that we meet our needs without limiting the ability of future generations to meet theirs
. It’s about making better choices as producers and consumers – choices that don’t waste resources or create consequences that we literally can’t live with. To make good choices we have to know something about the products and processes we use on a daily basis.

         The ecological footprint is a measure of how our lifestyle impacts both the planet and its people. We are currently in an “ecological overshoot”, using more resources than we can re-create. It now takes the Earth one year and six months to reproduce what we use in one year. It’s estimated that by 2030 humanity will need two Earths in order to provide all of our resources and absorb all of the waste we produce. By evaluating and making simple changes to the way we live we can help correct the ecological deficit.

          It's time for all of us to get in touch with our inner
“tree hugger”. There are many ways we can take sustainability into our own hands and reduce our ecological footprint in simple and cost-free ways.

          It’s time to view the environment as a multi-disciplinary entity, connected not only to environmental, but also to social and economic, concerns. Even though environmental degradation is a serious issue our actions to combat it can be fun.

          Many college students and campuses have taken simple steps to reduce their ecological footprint by promoting light-hearted campaigns like:  “Do-it in the Dark”,  “Shower with Friends”  and  “Burn Calories, Not Oil”.

The Sustainable Living Week pledge campaign
takes a page or two from that book and presents:

If you or your group would like to bring this project to YOUR campus or other institution, check out the Campus Project Guide ~ a complete "How -To Guide" is attached on the Main Event Information sub-page, as are graphics and more.  The campaign is spelled out for you to replicate with minimum hassle and expense but maximum satisfaction when you see other students, clubs, societies, professors, administrators, and the college service providers all getting in to it!

Subpages (1): Campus Project Guide
Chelle Lindahl,
Feb 4, 2011, 7:15 AM
Chelle Lindahl,
Feb 24, 2011, 6:44 PM