I transferred to UIC from a different college and that being said I have only been a student at this university for two weeks. Not only has it been two weeks but I have had a sprained ankle for the past two weeks that has greatly affected my time being here. The times I have gone to school, I’ve had to drive to and from campus. This has been an unsustainable impact I have made on campus. Will Tour stated that, “The daily movement of people back and forth to campus in automobiles burning fossil fuels is one of the largest impacts a typical educational institution imposes on the life support systems of the planet”. UIC being in the city makes it easy for its students by providing them with great access to different forms of transportation. Not only can you commute by train or bus but biking would be the best alternative.
I admit I have made an unsustainable impact my two weeks being at UIC but I also make sustainable impacts in my community. I have drastically cut down shower time by about twenty minutes. I also have a small garden in my back yard that produces a variety of vegetables we use daily for cooking our meals. In the neighborhood I live in we have blue trashcans and the majority of my neighborhood recycles. Little things like using a reusable water bottle can make a difference in both, making our community and our campus a more sustainable place. “In our current way of seeing the world, the environment is just a collection of problems; we won’t protect it until we correctly see nature as a collection of solutions – a regenerating form of wealth we literally can’t live without…Why not use knowledge about how nature works, to meet more of our needs? ((Wann 2007), p. 108)”. The more people are informed of unsustainability, the more they will see what a danger it is to our planet.
Toor, Will, and Spenser Woodworth. Havlick. Transportation & Sustainable Campus Communities: Issues, Examples, Solutions. Washington, D.C.: Island, 2004. Print.