"[Sustainability is] important because it relates to, and incorporates all other areas of living. It acknowledges our responsibility as individuals to the world as a whole and is a philosophy that can extend beyond sustainability."
How are you involved with sustainability on campus? "I’m in ECO, I’m living in ECO/PEAS theme housing, I helped build the hoop house, and one time I turned off the lights when I wasn’t in the room."
Off campus? "Besides being in my high school’s environmental club, for four years I served on my town’s sustainability advisory board. We advised the town on how to be more sustainable. We changed garbage pickup from two days a week to one day, promoted solar installations, attempted to ban plastic bags and educated the public on recycling."
Best class related to sustainability? "My solar energy class taught by Professor Cummings, which focused on alternative energies, mainly solar, was very educational and taught us the basics about a wide variety of alternative energies, and their pros, cons and efficiencies."
What do you hope to see Kenyon doing sustainability-wise in the next few years? "My dream would be for Kenyon to take part in fossil fuel divestment, which basically entails taking money out of all the investments we have in fossil fuel companies. As individuals and institutions we vote for what we want with our dollar, so it matters what we invest in."