What does it mean to “Be Green in a Sea of Orange?”
As Dr. Bill Coplin, Professor of Public Affairs and head of the Policy Studies major at Syracuse University, often says, “You don’t need to be Mother Theresa.” Being Green is much more than a conveniently punny title that gets across the point that I’m a student at the very much “Orange” Syracuse University, trying to live and promote a “green,” sustainable lifestyle. The idea of Being Green is a Sea of Orange is that sustainability should be easy. It doesn’t have to become your entire life, and doesn’t need to involve the sacrifice of anything you enjoy or find convenient. Being sustainable or “green” should be woven into your everyday life. Sustainability should be a habit, not a chore.
But more than just being easy, sustainability can and should benefit you too. It should be fun, and can even save you money, or even make you a profit. Ray Anderson, founder of Interface, turned his company on a sustainable route back in the 1990’s. This move not only put his company at the top of their industry, but saved them from the 2003 and 2008 recessions as well. Other businesses, like Carrier, have seen similar results over the years. And of course, the benefits to your wallet are endless when you stop wasting energy and water, and when you recycle bottles and other products.
So why a blog? Because I want to get the word out there. I’m new to the world of sustainability, and though I believe I have plenty to share already, I think that my adventures in this new and exciting field will be even more beneficial. I want people to see what I see, how easy it is to be sustainable, and how beneficial it is. So many people tell me daily that they don’t follow sustainable practices because the things they could do are just too small to make a significant difference. I want people to realize how WRONG that is. Yes, widespread sustainability policy is the most effective way to go, but every little bit DOES help. Eventually, I’ve realized that people need help to see this.
So from this lack of understanding, this blog was born. Since then, I’ve tried to cover a wide variety of topics. I try to always include some substance, including histories of sustainability, explanations of policies and processes, and of course, statistics. However, I also like to just tell you what’s up, what’s new, and what’s hot in the world of sustainability. If I come across something in my travels, online, or in a book, there’s a good chance it will show up here. I particularly love when things you’d never expect – like social media, for example – have a sustainable twist. When something cool comes up, I can promise you it’s getting posted.
Since this blog has gotten going, I’ve started to let it evolve naturally. It’s important to get the word out there about the movements that are quickly growing in America and around the world. It’s important to get information out there, of course, but a stand needs to be taken. Movements, like those originating with 350.org, need to publicized to the masses. People need to get up and get moving. We’ve got no time to lose.
If you have suggestions, tips, criticism, etc., please feel free to let me know! You can find all of my contact info here. Feel free to flood my inbox with cool things you’ve found, and that you think people should know about.
Want to know more about the goals of this blog? Check out my Mission Statement.
Want to know more about my views on sustainability? Check out my Manifesto.