The use of this video does not have direct sustainable outcomes as in it does not reduce waste because of its existence. But, it does educate the students so that they are not only aware of the issue but are able to make a more informed decision about their actions and the sustainable or non-sustainable ramifications they hold.
By using other methods to dispense the information of changed protocol to the students, students may not be as interested or retain the information. The video provides an avenue for students to actually attach to the material and retain the message; other venues do not have this ability. The goal of becoming more sustainable is to not only make a change on the campus itself, but to instill these fundamental principles in the student body so that they enter the world as more informed citizens who make choices that include consideration for the environment.
Expand the Environmental Conference
Towson University should expand the environmental conference to reach more of the student body and be more representative of the efforts of the University to become more sustainable.
The University has to be able to reach the student body with the information that directly impacts them. This includes the changes that will be made as a result of the University signing the PCC. One of the venues that has become a way to dispense sustainable and environmentally focused ideas is the environmental conference. The purpose of the environmental conference is to address “the impact of individuals and communities on the environment and actions that individuals and communities can take to positively impact the environment and create a more sustainable world” (Towson University, 2011). This avenue is perfect for addressing the structural changes to the University.
To expand the Environmental Conference there are several key factors that need to be identified. The first factor is to draw more attention to the conference itself. Most of the sponsors of the conference are environmental in nature. By expanding the attention sphere to include more of the student population, more individuals can have access to the information. One way to expand the attention sphere is to make the program mandatory to go to, just as in an orientation each year. To implement this, there might be more than one conference necessary. A more feasible alternative would be to have a major person to attract attention to the conference. Additionally, offering free, sustainable items can be another good way to attract more students.
The Environmental Conference is a central location of information that is sustainable in nature. This is crucial to have the University’s programs and initiatives run more successfully. If the Environmental Conference is not improved, there will be no chance of reaching more students. There is no better central event than the Environmental Conference to immerse the student body into the environmental efforts that the University is...