"Take care of the earth, and the earth will take care of you."
"To minimize my carbon footprint — in addition to taking the care
to sort my recycling and waste, using reusable containers as much as possible, and doing the other small things like turning off the tap or using natural light whenever possible — I make an effort to buy products locally or secondhand, and cultivate a number of plants in my dorm room. I'm also a member of the Buildings and Grounds Committee, originally joining because of my concerns regarding the environmental impact the demolition of the old and construction of the new library would have upon the campus.
"Since joining the B&G Committee, I have become a more informed member of the Kenyon community, and a more involved individual in the process of ideally making the new library LEED Platinum certified. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of wet dirt between your toes, and the first step to ditching the carbon in carbon footprint for mud is to commit to staying informed about the ongoings in your environment, and pursuing the necessary knowledge to benefit all living things around you.
"Sustainability is all about continually choosing to make the conscientious decision to take care of your fellow carbon-based beings and this wonderful home we all share. When you recognize the inherent value each living thing has, doing the little things becomes less a "chore" or "obligation" and so much more enjoyable and rewarding. Take care of the earth, and the earth will take care of you."
Elise is a member of the Kenyon cross country and track & field team and is majoring in English with concentrations in Asian studies and creative writing.