Green Grad Pledge
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.
"I pledge, as a graduate of New York University, to take action to improve the sustainability of my future communities and to lead a socially and environmentally conscious life."
How will you carry out this commitment after leaving NYU?
Be an advocate for the environment in your future workplace.
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!
Make conscientious consumer choices.
Relocating to a new city or transitioning into a new job may require new furniture or work attire. Purchasing gently-used items can benefit both the environment and your wallet.
As you increasingly cook and purchase food for yourself, consider preparing more plant-based and climate-friendly meals for yourself and those in your household. And when possible, buy in bulk to save money and reduce packaging.
Take action on environmental causes.
Initiate or get involved in community-driven and volunteer opportunities in your neighborhood or city. Join a mutual aid group or volunteer to plant trees or build a garden as a way of sustaining and supporting your local community. Attend community board meetings and get involved with organizations to promote pro-environmental initiatives, policies, and policymakers.