Learning for the Long Haul: The Campus Sustainability Movement Grows

Sustainability has more than one meaning. For some it means recycling and reusing. It’s no more complex than that. For some it means living a holistic lifestyle where one’s values are lined up with their consumer habits. And for others it means keeping our planet habitable for future generations. One thing is clear: there is a movement growing on college and university campuses to make sustainability a house hold term which influences every sector of daily life.  From the University of Rochester to Finger Lakes Community College, the area’s institutions of higher learning are becoming not just more aware of their carbon footprint, but willing to take the lead in helping educate the public about what needs to be done to protect our only home.

Photography by George Payne

 

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Hobart William & Smith Colleges Sustainability students attend Naomi Klein talk at Finger Lakes Community College

 

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Naomi Klein at Finger Lakes Community College

 

 

Climate change is destroying our path to sustainability. Ours is a world of looming challenges and increasingly limited resources. Sustainable development offers the best chance to adjust our course.

Ban Ki-moon

 

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Bust of George Bernard Shaw at Niagara University. GBS was a vegetarian, environmentalist, and early pioneer of social justice based consumerism.

 

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SUNY Brockport students cleaning up the Seth Green Trail along the Genesee River

 

 

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Sustainability presentation at St. John Fisher College (George Payne on left)

 

 

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George Payne with Mary Evelyn Tucker, a world renown deep ecologist and religious scholar at Yale

 

The first rule of sustainability is to align with natural forces, or at least not try to defy them.

Paul Hawken

 

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George Payne delivering Annual Francis Day Address at Iona College

 

 

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Statue of Mary at Iona College

 

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Keynote speaker at the Annual World on Your Plate Conference at Daemen College

 

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Seeds at the World on Your Plate Conference

 

 

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George Payne with Delores Huerta at Christian Brothers University in Memphis, TN.

 

I came to all the realizations about sustainability and biodiversity because I fell in love with the way food tastes. That was it. And because I was looking for that taste I feel at the doorsteps of the organic, local, sustainable farmers, dairy people and fisherman.

Alice Waters

 

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Keegan Kuhn, director of Cowspiracy after a presentation at RIT

 

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After all, sustainability means running the global environment – Earth Inc. – like a corporation: with depreciation, amortization and maintenance accounts. In other words, keeping the asset whole, rather than undermining your natural capital.

Maurice Strong

 

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Serenity Garden at Finger Lakes Community College

 

 

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Worker’s Rights Rally at The University of Rochester

 

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Worker’s Right Rally at The University of Rochester

 

 

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SUNY Brockport students volunteering at the Lower Falls

 

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Young woman at the “Break Free From Fossil Fuels” Rally in Rochester

Sustainability is no longer about doing less harm. It’s about doing more good.

Jochen Zeitz

 

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Sign at Syracuse University sit- in strike

 

 

 

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Syracuse University sit in strike
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