Graduating this May? Take the Green Grad Pledge and commit to sustainability in your life beyond NYU!
The Green Grad Pledge is part of a global campaign to encourage graduating university students to lead socially and environmentally conscious lives. Display your commitment by wearing a green ribbon on your graduation robe.
"I pledge, as a graduate of New York University, to contribute positively to the environmental sustainability of my future workplace and community."
How will you carry out this commitment after leaving NYU?
Whether or not you enter into the environmental field, you can promote sustainable behavior in your future workplace. Join or start a “green team” or organize a “Bike to Work” day to motivate your co-workers to commute by bike, on public transit, or by carpool to reduce transportation emissions. If you’re in an office environment, encourage your co-workers to reduce waste and discuss sustainable options with whoever manages purchasing. If you feel comfortable, try to speak up and offer sustainable solutions if your future workplace is doing something that has a negative impact on the environment. You have the power to be a champion for the environment in your new community!
You’ve graduated and you’re on your own. Now, it’s up to you to make responsible and conscientious consumer choices. If you’re purchasing new furniture or work attire, consider gently used and thrifted options, or look at where your items were produced, such as under what conditions and how far they had to travel to get to your door. Relocating to a new city or transitioning into a new job may require you to purchase a whole slew of new goods — but purchasing used items can benefit both the environment and your wallet.
As you increasingly cook and purchase food for yourself, consider your ecological footprint. Buy locally grown and ethically sourced foods when available. Also, buy in bulk to save money and reduce packaging.
Scope out or organize a cleanup day in your neighborhood or city. Help plant trees or build a community garden. Attend community board meetings and get involved with local activists to push for pro-environmental initiatives on the city, state, national, and global level. At NYU, being an advocate for the environment and advancing sustainability through our office and student groups was at your fingertips; but if you seek it out, there are plenty of ways to stay active in the environmental community in your post-NYU years.