Blog 5

From the lecture on Tuesday I learned that there are three pillars of sustainability:

1. Environment

2. Economy

3.Society

And there are three things that correspond with each other:

1.People

2.Profit

3.Planet

The world is completely connected from the people to nature and the environment. In order to be fully sustainable there is nothing that is wasted. Everything that is used can be recycled and then reused again in some way or another. The environmental benefit is that the air and water will be less polluted and cleaner. The economic benefit would be lower cost in recycling. The social benefit would be connecting more with nature and the environment.

We learned that we have sustainability aspects here on campus. We have a garden by the Atherton hotel; it grows vegetables that we use within our restaurant. We also collect excess rainwater that we will later use to water the garden. The campus also provides busses for students to use as well as the Stillwater community. Many of the restaurants here on campus are also selling locally grown fruits and vegetables and other snacks that are grown and cooked locally. The campus is also moving towards reusable rather than disposable cups.

The most preferred waste management is source reduction, meaning using less  non-recyclable materials. The second best is reusing things that you might throw out. The third best is recycling so separating the materials that you’re throwing out so that they may go to a recycling plant and they may turn it into new products.

I found the Ted Talk to be really interesting: I think it’s my favorite one so far. I think it’s interesting that the people that live there think of living in bamboo structures as being low class. However, I think it would be awesome because like she was saying in the video, the bamboo can be bent in some many different interesting ways and this can create really interesting structures. It’s also about the craft itself, because it takes these people so long to make these structures and they turn out beautiful and you can tell that there is so much detail and hard work. It’s also an incredible and very sustainable resource. It grows at an incredible rate, it’s as hard as steel, and its weather proof and will stand for many centuries.

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