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Sustainability can be beneficial. But obsession over sustainability can lead to a sacrifice of common sense, blinding one to the possible harmful effects of these policies.
It is for this reason we must refuse to sacrifice our critical thinking when tempted with alluring phrases such as “clean energy” and “sustainable development.” Though both of these policies can have merit, they are not exempt from the rules of economics.
After being recognized by the Sierra Club for its green efforts, Baylor Sustainability seems to be on a roll and defying environmental obstacles of all kinds, but the biggest challenge may be yet to come — the re-education of the Baylor community on sustainable living.
This semester brings new approaches to facilitating practical methods of fulfilling the mission of the Department of Sustainability. Smith Getterman, assistant director of sustainability and special projects, said the department’s approach to sustainable practices will appeal to any lifestyle.
When prospective students and their teary-eyed parents walk on to this campus, there is a invariably a certain awe that comes with viewing the pristine lawns, the vibrant and strictly manicured gardens and the simple yet complimentary fountains. Baylor all but forces people to take note of its verdant and overly-watered campus as a point of pride in its appeal to incoming students. We at the Lariat are happy to acknowledge that most of the expense and trouble Baylor has gone to over maintaining its grounds has contributed toward making it as sustainable as possible.
Baylor Sustainability is giving students the opportunity to recycle their waste and donate unneeded items to local charities through its Take It or Leave It program during move-out this year.
Waste generated by on-campus organization meetings might be reduced thanks to the Green Meeting Certification program launched Nov. 9 by the department of sustainability.
Playing in the sprinklers isn’t always so easy to avoid at Baylor, where plants and sidewalks alike are soaked on a routine basis.
Baylor will host its first on-campus plastic foam-free event at 5:30 p.m. on Friday at the Brothers Under Christ Island Party.
Students who asked for better traveling conditions on campus were rewarded with new bike lanes at Fourth, Fifth and Seventh Streets and Dutton Avenue this summer.
Students living in residence halls will begin competing to conserve electricity at noon Sunday.
With the constant conversation about global warming and carbon footprints, students have an opportunity to help the environment by using public transportation .