By Lauren Roberts
19 days. 19 days and my freshman year of college will be over. I can’t believe how quickly the time has flown by during my stay at Holy Cross. However, what is even more astounding is the amount of change I have seen taking place in Holy Cross’s sustainability in the six or so months I have been here. During this time, Holy Cross has implemented composting in its main dining halls and has switched to single stream recycling. There is also a movement to try to ban the sale of plastic water bottles on campus. Signs, whether or not they are true, are appearing in the dining halls promoting the local foods available. Overall, faculty, staff and students seem to be realizing the importance of living more sustainably and they want to take actions to do so.
Many faculty, staff and students have signed up for the Power Down Challenge to save energy, and students have pledged to shorten their showers to 5 or 10 minutes in the High 5 campaign. In Mulledy students were shocked by the water usage posters I hung in the bathrooms and they are actively trying to change their habits in order to limit their water consumption. I saw proof of this in my Montserrat class, You- The Ethical Consumer. In our classroom we have a board where you can post flyers that relate to class, and the Tuesday after I hung my posters at least five people had brought them in to discuss with the class and hang on the board (I was fine with this even though I had to hang more posters up).
This growing interest in sustainability is apparent in many aspects of life at Holy Cross, and it is for this reason that I believe that the environmental liaison position will grow in importance and impact in the years to come. There is still much to be done on campus, such as switching to reusable cups in Lower Kimball or replacing the sinks with taps you can control. However, I believe that the environmental liaisons will be important leaders in helping students enact the changes towards living more sustainably that they want to see on campus. We are all responsible for making changes in our lifestyles to live more sustainably, and it is never too late to start! Whether it is signing a petition or making a pledge, every action counts towards making Holy Cross a more sustainable college. After seeing all the changes made in only one year, I can’t wait to see what sustainable actions will be taken in my remaining three years at Holy Cross!