Cameron Loviska: I believe Vanderbilt can push environmentalism on campus by promoting more events in My Vanderbilt Experience. These events would focus on sustainability, environmentalism, or greening. This would encourage students to become active participants in environmental issues.
Elizabeth Ojo: I am a freshman majoring in Civil Engineering with a concentration in renovation and stability. I believe that we, as a campus, should be involved in conserving the resources that we have and plan for a way to ensure that they last for generations to come. It is our responsibility to make our home as eco-friendly as possible.
Javan Latson: I believe that Vanderbilt is making some good progress in becoming a more environmentally friendly school. Policies such as no paper towels in the bathrooms, and making sure students have easy access to recycling containers are steps in the right direction. However, I believe that our school can take a little more action, especially in regards to the our campus dining system.
Emily Struttmann: I am a free-spirited soul who enjoys nothing more than spending time outdoors. Unfortunately, we as a species have not done the best job of caring for the planet, so now is the time to take full responsibility for the mark we will leave on this earth and do everything within our power to preserve what we have left. As a Vanderbilt community, we must work towards finding more eco-friendly and long-term sustainable practices; as students, faculty, staff, and community members, we must make every effort to ensure that our individual actions are promoting these practices.
Ethan Reilly: I understand that the protection and improvement of the natural environment is necessary for the moral treatment of life in general and the long term sustainability of human civilization. As such, I will dedicate myself to learning about the root causes of environmental degradation and locally actionable solutions to it. As I learn, I will work to implement this knowledge in productive, meaningful, and educational ways on Vanderbilt campus.
Rachel Flores: Although efforts have been made to improve the attitude toward environmentalism at Vanderbilt, there is a lot more to be done. As a member of SPEAR, I have witnessed firsthand the apathy that students hold toward environmental issues. I believe it is important to teach students why they should care as climate change is an issue that affects everyone, including this campus.
Justin Lee: I believe that environmentalism is a generally under-appreciated and overlooked subject. There have been many attempts to raise awareness of environmentalism, but these attempts have largely had no palpable impact on the general public. Adopting a method of instilling environmental values in the everyday lives of people is crucial in taking the next step in the fight for environmentalism.
Madeline Malloy: I think caring for the environment is an incredibly important and urgent issue right now. I'm curious to see what Vanderbilt is doing to be environmentally sustainable and what could be done better. I think Vanderbilt has the resources and responsibility to be as green as possible and want to help make that happen if I can.
Alex O'Shaughnessey: A green school starts with green students. It does no good to preach environmentalism here at Vanderbilt if there is no true desire among students to better the world around us. In order to enact real change, I believe students need to feel passionate about the environment.
Karin Han: Vanderbilt students are incredibly lucky to attend a highly respected university with vast array opportunities. We all strive to find a way of advancing the human condition through our education. Being more environmentally conscious is something that is possible, sometimes forgotten, and incredibly important for everyone on this campus.
Anthony Swenson: While Vanderbilt has many programs on The Commons for environmental sustainability, I believe that we can still do more. The most important aspect of improving environmentalism on The Commons is informing students about its importance, and how each student's actions can make a difference. With more aware students and with environmentalism in the front of everyone's minds, Vanderbilt could become greener than ever.