An update from Gwen, a sophomore double major in civil engineering and Spanish: Me in front of a cool sculpture on our way to the convention. I’ve been so inspired and invigorated today! After pulling myself out of my cushy queen-size bed at 6 A.M. (9 A.M. in Dallas, so not so bad!), I met up with my 3 student colleagues and we headed out to our conference site 15 minutes away. From there on out it was a whirlwind of amazing discussions and collaboration with other schools and their sustainability perspectives. I heard presentations from students who grew their own food, banned water bottles on their campuses, created bio-digesters for their schools, committed themselves to 20% sustainable [...]
An update from Zachary, a junior environmental studies major: We arrived in Los Angeles on Saturday to attend the AASHE (Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education) Conference. After spending time on Hollywood Boulevard, we got straight to work on Sunday. All the workshops were extremely inspiring and motivating. It's awesome to engage with thousands of other students and faculty who are as passionate about sustainability as I am. One of the biggest lessons that I am taking away from this conference is how urgent it is to adopt a sustainable lifestyle. Even if you don't believe that global warming is happening, sustainability is necessary for thriving life on a planet with finite resources. Sustainability is an attractive [...]
An update from Jewel, a sophomore environmental science major: It's not a secret that SMU prides itself on its beautiful campus. Our grass is always green and our petals are always perky. I love that about SMU, but at the AASHE conference in LA I've found feasible ways to do something at SMU that I love even more: sustainability. We could walk past a tree on campus and pick a peach to eat. The rain that periodically floods the Boulevard could flow down garden beds into a rainwater harvest system. That water could be treated by flowering plants in a greenhouse. The food waste from Umph could be composted in our community garden, and the herbs, vegetables, and fruit grown there could go back to Umph. [...]
SMU students are attending a conference organized by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education during October 2012 in Los Angeles.