I am most encouraged by the recent news stories about colleges and universities around the country that will be taking a green step for mankind with the start of the new academic year.
There are several new ideas that will be implemented on various campuses including online check in instead of paper forms, reusable laminated maps and campus information posted around campus instead of paper handouts, recycled paper in the administrative and departmental offices, organic fiber and recycled plastic bags at the bookstore, and prominently designated recycling areas throughout campus.
Kudos to all of the participating campuses for not only encouraging a new way of thinking, but developing the future of innovation with our thinkers of tomorrow. And the effort doesn’t end there because the school supply shopping list also looks greener than ever: notebooks made of recycled paper, Energy Star rated computers and accessories, compact fluorescent bulbs, environmentally friendly cleaning products, organic bedding and towels, and mom's old dishes, cutlery, and mugs.
It is definitely a different back-to-school theme this year, and we should all be proud of it. Many colleges committed to taking responsibility for their carbon footprint are posting reminders to turn off lights when leaving a room, turn off water when brushing teeth, installing solar panels, composting, and growing vegetable gardens for use by dining services. Active communities of like minded environmentally conscious students are growing exponentially on college campuses across the country.
Bravo to the higher educational institutions that are taking important steps to welcome every freshman into a new community of responsible world citizens. And bravo to the new students who are accepting the challenge to better the environment one person at a time. Welcome small change in anyway you can, get involved and have fun in the process! What you do today will have an incredible impact on us all tomorrow!