Why is Sustainability Important?

A wide range of studies clearly demonstrates that humans are having an increasingly large impact on the health of the planet. From pollution to resource depletion to loss of biodiversity to climate change, a growing human footprint is evident. This is not sustainable. We need to act differently if the world and its myriad human and non-human inhabitants are to thrive well into the future.

We should act in ways that promote a sustainable future. The earth is not growing. Against this reality, the human population is growing and so are the legitimate aspirations for a better life among the worlds' billions in poverty. How can we accommodate the projected 2.5 billion more humans by 2050 and also generate a raised living standard for the poor without further stressing the planet? This is a major question for our time.

At Wright State, we strive to educate ourselves: students, faculty, staff, visitors and the larger Dayton area, about the critical issues we all face. We also need to share with others what we are doing on our campuses to promote a better future.

Your daily actions speak louder than words.

As the end of the Fall 2014 term approaches, let's take a look back and a glance forward.

The Campus Community Garden has been cleared now with the last of the potatoes dug up this week thanks to Joshua Monroe helping me. I then delivered 30 lbs. of red and Yukon gold potatoes to the Good Neighbor Food Pantry in Dayton.

The space that has been the Garden for the last three summers will be converted to a Pollinator Garden next spring and help to educate the campus community about pollinators, their role in nature and in our food supply and why we should protect them from chemical poisons and habitat loss.

Other recent events included the Montgomery County Food Summit on November 5th. Over 200 people from around the Miami Valley attended this conference to learn about Local Organic Food Production and to discuss how the Dayton area can further develop a Food Hub to increase the amount of food products grown and consumed right in our area.
Check out the photo shoot.

And as we move into Spring Term 2015, we need to get geared up for Recyclemania and the Campus Conservation Nationals coming up in January.

Have a Safe and Happy Break!

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