It’s been such a busy week that I have had to post some other blogs due to timing but now I thought I would share another fun story. Last week I was invited as a guest speaker to a San Francisco State class of about 50 students. The class was focused primarily on how to apply environmentally friendly solutions so it was a lot of fun to speak with students that I hope will be leading the next generation of innovators. When I started iReuse, one of my goals was to speak with college, high school, and elementary schools students about waste reduction and how they can make a difference. I’ve started doing some of these presentations to different schools and have another one later this week to a group of high school students and it is so rewarding to see students begin to rethink the way they consume material and waste and what a huge impact they can have.
Back to last weeks presentation. The presentation was about and hour and the topics included Waste reduction, very interesting business models, iReuse being just one that I like to highlight, which are leveraging the environmental and social benefits of their field to build successful companies without harming the environment. I’ll blog about some of these business models soon. One of the key take aways I try to leave with students is to just be aware of their every day actions and what the environmental impact of those decisions are.
I will share quickly with you my final slide which was
“ Top ten things you can each do starting today”.
1.Reduce, Reuse, then Recycle
2.Protest test taking because it requires too much paper
3.Be aware of the impact you have on your environment and your community
4.If you want to skip school, tell your teachers you are trying to reduce GHG emissions and your global footprint
5.Don’t build widgets just to make money unless that is really what you care about
6.If you forget to buy someone a gift, tell them it is part of your new philosophy of minimalism
7. Set an example for others through your actions
8.Tell your parents to recycle and compost or you’ll start throwing your
recyclables and compostables on the front lawn
9.Get involved on campus and in your community to make this a greener
place for everyone
10.DON’T BE A SELL OUT. MAKE A DIFFERENCE!