Go green or go home

April 26th, 2012

This week, in honor of Earth Day, the John Carroll community is celebrating the first annual Green Streak Week. The Recycling and Sustainability committees, in partnership with the Environmental Issues Group, are working to raise awareness about environmental issues on campus.

Awareness needs to be raised to get students on track so that they are more conscious of the impact they have on the environment, especially when it comes to consumption and waste.

In 2011 JCU received a B- on their Sustainability Report Card, with especially low scores in the Administration and Green Building and Endowment Transparency categories. It is the hope that through efforts like Green Streak Week, the JCU community will become more aware of how much they waste and consume and become more conscious of the impacts of their decisions.

Last year, each room was given a recycling bin, but more should be done to encourage students to improve the sustainability of the University.

Making the campus more environmentally friendly will not only require efforts from the student body and faculty, but from administrative decisions. Issues like campus resource consumption and dealing with businesses that practice sustainability must be addressed by the administration.