To some, the idea of sustainability means recycling bins and going green. However, the Office of Sustainability spreads the word throughout campus proving that it means more than just making a few daily changes. As their mission, the Office works to have students understand the changes in the community and see the bigger picture.
To Ashlyn Hochschild and Aaron Holly, both Graduate Assistants at the Office of Sustainability, helping students understand the importance of sustainability is key. Hochschild said, “Sustainability means relationships. It helps us understand how we all work together and how our system works. It shows how everything is related.” Holly added,“It’s interpersonal; you have to work with others to make an impact. It’s about working together towards a purpose.”
The Office of Sustainability is responsible for planning events to spread the word on campus, as well as separate intern projects that help influence different sustainability ideas. Hoschschild continued,“The Office of Sustainability works to connect more with students. A lot has to do with empowering students, since there is a role for everybody.”
National Sustainability Day on October 23 recognizes the different innovations on campuses throughout the country. To celebrate the date, a table will be set up in Cougar Mall with different handouts such as brochures, bottles and stickers to spread the message. Other campus organizations will also be involved, such as Student Life, Green CofC and even Dining Services. The table will have chalkboards where students can write what they do to be sustainable.
Spreading the word doesn’t stop there. Other events have been planned for later on in the semester, as well as in the spring. Next month, on Wednesday, Nov. 20 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Stern Center Ballroom, the Office will be working with the Center of Civic Engagement to host a Panelist Discussion during Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. There will be a variety of speakers, such as Anne Jackson of Crisis Ministries, Michael Alston of Carolina Homeless Veterans Inc. and Autumn McCarver of the Lowcountry Food Bank. During the week of April 7, the Office will host its Annual Sustainability Week, which will promote diversity and equality throughout campus and work to get students more involved.
For more information about these events or the Office of Sustainability, contact Ashlyn Hochschild at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Aaron Holly at email@example.com, and be sure to check out the table in Cougar Mall this Wednesday.