Sustainability Adventures

From the presentation during our sustainability office visit I learned that sustainability is: meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Sustainability equals good stewardship of the environment, economy, and society. I learned that the student union was partly LEED certified due to a few systems such as water bottle refill systems as well as being built of reused material and the ranchers club has a garden up top which the chef picks fresh produce from, which also helps the classification. I also learned we cannot be a fully green campus until we have a system for food waste, however food waste is a complicated and expensive process. I also learned that our busses emit less fumes than typical buses and we have a place to rent bikes for alternate transportation. Oklahoma State also has an energy conservation program which was put in place in 2009 and set energy guidelines, where conservation was everyone’s responsibility. It focuses on  the behavioral changes of turning down HVAC systems, turning off lights and computer equipment, and energy efficiency. Overall this program has saved over $50 million system-wide. If these efforts did not exist, we would be spending a significantly greater amount of money on energy and contributing to the world’s waste and pollution even more greatly, since there is such a large population of people on campus. 

I may incorporate communicating green initiatives to students, staff, and faculty to bring awareness to sustainability in my future career, and can currently encourage my roommates to turn off the lights when we are not using them in order to conserve energy. I can also carpool with friends to create less pollution or walk or take other forms of transportation when possible. Every day, I wake up and get ready with the lights on, which contributes to energy use. I can be better about turning off lights when I am not using them and only having one light on at a time because that is all I truly need so that I am not being wasteful. Within my daily practices I can be more mindful and be sure to walk to classes as they are not far, rather than driving, or take the bus if necessary. 

A question I have is whether the notion of wicked problems offers any new insights on how to tackle wicked problems in policy practice? Has wickedness become a new frame to advocate already existing governance approaches or does it offer new governance ideas for tackling a specific type of problems?

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