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Tomorrow’s Child
by Glenn Thomas

Without a name, an unseen face
and knowing not your time nor place
Tomorrow’s Child, though yet unborn,
I met you first last Tuesday morn.
A wise friend introduced us two,
and through his sobering point of view
I saw a day that you would see,
a day for you, but not for me.
Knowing you has changed my thinking,
for I never had an inkling
That perhaps the things I do
might someday, somehow, threaten you.
Tomorrow’s Child, my daughter-son
I’m afraid I’ve just begun
To think of you and of your good,
Though always having known I should.
Begin I will to weigh the cost
of what I squander, what is lost
If ever I forget that you
will someday come to live here too.
~ read by Ray C. Anderson “On the Business Logic of Sustainability”

How’s your summer reading coming along?
In June, we posted a lengthy Sustainability Summer Reading List and placed some copies of the books on Reserve. One of the books on that list was “Confessions of a Radical Industrialist:  Profits, People, Purpose—Doing Business by Respecting the Earth”, by Ray C. Anderson. Ray Anderson was Founder and CEO of Interface Inc.  Mr. Anderson died recently.

In 1994, he read the first edition of another of the books on the list, “Ecology of Commerce” by Paul Hawken. From that day on, Ray Anderson dedicated himself and his company’s mission to sustainability and it paid off.  Not only was his carpeting manufacturing highly successful while becoming increasingly green and innovative in its processes, Interface Inc. and Ray became way-showers to countless others in industry.  If you are thinking of a career in business or now in the world of commerce, it certainly is worth your time to learn from the best, a great entrepreneur and businessman who fully understood the complexity of industry and natural resources.  A good man with a good message.

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Join In this Spring Semester!

We have two competitions coming up this term -- RecycleMania, Campus Conservation National & a host of other upcoming Green events!

It may be called "Spring Term" but so far January 2015 has been anything but Spring-y. Not to worry, there are so many events coming up that you will have so many ways to stay busy that it will really feel Spring before you know it.

Starting February 1st, our annual 8-week competition, RecycleMania 2105 begins. This is your chance to do your Very Best to Always Recycle and encourage (nudge) others to do the same!

Again this Spring term we will be taking part in the Campus Conservation Nationals (CCN) competition. For three weeks, February 23 – March 13, WSU will be monitoring and working hard to reduce use of electricity on campus. You can do your part by turning off lights and electrical devices when not in use and help others to do the same.

This year we will be focusing on educating students as well as faculty and staff about ways to conserve energy and reduce-reuse-recycle resources. Watch for more information and do your part to reduce your Energy and Resource Footprint. We all pitch in and we all can benefit in the long run!

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