StewardSHIP Week 2016
Saturday, April 16 to Saturday, April 23 (...and beyond)
As a result of the curriculum development InTeGrate grant, SU faculty have been integrating new content and materials into their courses and together with staff they have been involved in planning a number of co-curricular programs to help Ship continue the effort of cultivating a future of sustainability on our campus. See below for a calendar of events and programs (or click here for a pdf version) that you can participate in to be a better steward and help our campus and community move toward a more sustainable future.
Do my choices matter and can they make a difference?
StewardSHIP efforts, including your choice to become more educated about your impact definitely matters. The efforts of other students thus far are showing promise as noted in the graph below. Since we began asking students to anonymously complete the ecological footprint analysis and report their scores in December of 2015, our assessment of 300 plus respondents is showing a promising trend. That is, students appear to not only be more motivated to reduce their ecological footprint (average scores of 3.5 or slightly motivated in December have climbed to just over 4 in March), but an analysis of their lifestyle scores during the same time frame suggests participants might be working to reduce the yearly acreage of land necessary to support their lifestyles. The average of 23 global acres required by respondents in December declined steadily to just over 20 global acres per year in March. That is suggestive of the power of education. The question is, can we keep that going?
Nevertheless, we have a long way to go to reach the global average acreage use (U.S. is one of the top countries in terms of its ecological footprint per capita), so let's keep the trend going! Do your part! Take the sustainability pledge, complete an ecological footprint assessment, and report your scores anonymously so we can see where we stand. Finally participate in all of the programs and activities during StewardSHIP Week listed below.
StewardSHIP Week Calendar
See a list of upcoming events here.