On this site, you can find out more about sustainability at King's College: what the college does to be green, how we and our partners raise awareness of environmental issues, and what you can do to be part of the solution (and if you want to work together on this, contact us). If you have any suggestions for new content, or would like to include your course, organization, or event in the listings here, please contact the web master.
The Green Initiative at King's College was formed to promote social responsibility by fostering greater environmental awareness and action among the members of the King's College community. We are guided by the following concerns:
In the spring of 2007, administrators at King's College asked its faculty and staff to consider the opportunities and threats facing our institution presently and in the foreseeable future. At the time, I had been thinking quite a bit about the changing profile of environmentalism in the 21st century: unlike my own and previous generations, where environmentalism was typically derided as a radical fringe issue, for the current generation of college students environmentalism is practically mainstream. And, of course, there has always been a strong moral imperative for environmental stewardship in the Catholic tradition, as well as most other major faith traditions. So for a Catholic college like King's, environmental challenges such as carbon emissions, sustainable agriculture, and petroleum depletion present both a threat and an opportunity:
In expressing some of my own views on this topic to some members of the community, I quickly found that many other individuals at King's shared both my concerns and my hopes. In the summer of 2007, a handful of these individuals - Leanne Mazurick, Tish Last, Garrett Barr, Maureen Gaffney, and I - met to discuss some of our ideas for engaging the King's College community in environmental awareness and activism, and The Green Initiative was born.
Since last summer, our ranks have grown to over 30 individuals, representing faculty and students from every academic division, and staff from a broad array of campus offices and entities. On behalf of The Green Initiative, thank you so much for your continued support! -- Bridget Costello, 22 April 2008
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