This post rounds out the completion of a semester’s project. To bo honest, participating in a blog has gone completely against my nature: I am a very private person, so much so that I do not even commonly use facebook. I am uncomfortable with the notion that these electronic logs will exist long after we pass away, and that the words and thoughts expressed in them can take on a life of their own.
That being said, particpating in SustainableMe has served a purpose: there is much I have learned from my fellow bloggers about little and big changes one can make in life in an effort to make the world more sustainable.
For me, the has coincided with what we have been learning in tandem with our Merchandising class- my userstanding of the concept of sustianablity has gone from basic to analytical. Initially, the word “sustainability” applied only to the environment, but as we proceeded with our lessons, I cam to understand the economic and social aspects as well.
That said, I did not accomplish all I had planned to achieve. I still have a number of “outstanding” agenda points to take care of, such as:
1.) Properly dispose of my “hazardous waste” recyclables- I have been hording batteries and light bulbs to take to the Richardson Hazardous Waste Recycling Center, the pile keeps growing, but I simply have not been able to make it out of my routine to take the stuff there. But, there is a light at the end of the tunnel- Finals are almost over! Ya Hoo!
2.) Water Conservation– my guest bathroom faucet has a slight drip, which falls back into the sink. It has been driving me nuts, even more so as we have discusses all the water issues throught this learning, and has become a real point of contention between my spouse and myself (he does not see it as a problem, as the water drips back into the sink basin, and our water bills are low). Again- I will steahily have to attack this issue when the time allows- get a few repairmen in, to evaluate the costs of repair, and get some estimates. As we learned with many “corporations”, sometimes the only way to sell sustainabity improvements is based on a “cost/benefit” analysis, which is what I am going to have to perform for my very frugal husband!
I feel particularly proud that this project has moved me into a course fo action: for example, joining my child’s elementary school Green Acres Garden board in an effort to launch their school garden and sustainable food program. This will evolve over time, and as the kids are very young, should have lasting impacts until they reach middle school. It will also give me the chance to learn how to “operationalize” sustainability in the “public works” realm- dealing with multiple stakeholders: school boards, governance bodies, and small companies from which we will be soliciting support, and families.
God bless you all and have a wonderful “sustainable” holiday season!
- Sustainable Materials – Insight from Our Top Experts (elocal.com)
- Five Friday Favorites: Lessons from a First Semester Grad Student (equalpartsofawhole.wordpress.com)
- Sustainability a Key Factor for Consumers, Survey Finds (Going Green) (whattheythink.com)
- University at Albany among select schools to offer GreenDependence scholarship (troyrecord.com)
- ECS Refining Launches Ecollective E-Waste Recycling Initiative in California, With 94 Locations Live (prweb.com)
- Move over Christmas, finals week is coming (cardboardmagazine.wordpress.com)
- Not a Drop To Waste (apartmentguide.com)
- OSHA Declares Light Bulbs A Workplace Hazard (smartsign.com)
- What Can and Can’t Be Recycled? (bellasugar.com)
- Saying Goodbye. (blogs.stlcc.edu)