Leading the charge to protect our planet.
Creating the next generation of environmentally conscious citizens. Reducing energy usage building by building, room by room. Saving significant money. It all adds up to more engaged students, sustainable campuses, and a healthier planet.
First, we provide education to improve awareness of the benefits of making energy-saving choices every day. We make everything relevant to how people live, where they visit on campus, and how they interact with others all year long.
Then, we inspire participants to get involved by highlighting sustainability efforts happening on campus, leaders taking action, and events that are coming up. We make it easy to follow it all using hashtags on social media.
And of course, we focus on driving real-life action at all times. Participants join in to earn points or band together with their friends, classmates, coworkers, or team members to take action campus-wide. Badges and score boards keep track of everyone's progress.
Sustainability is important to me because I love to be outside, living in Colorado gives me an appreciation for the environment and it’s conservation. I want my children and grandchildren to be able to see the amazing things that I get to, and I want them to be able to breath clean air, have weather that is temperate, and water that is clean. Our earth gives us so many gifts of resources, but we have to use them wisely and thoughtfully always with sustainability in mind. Our resources are not endless and we need to constantly be striving to find new ways to preserve the planet. Being a part of the sustainability efforts here on the campus I love, is an extension of my value of sustainability. I am an educator, and we all can do more to educate ourselves about what’s best for our environment.
Mary is the Director of Residence Life and Housing and member of the Sustainability Committee at Mines.