With the new academic year in full swing, students, faculty and staff at UMass Medical School and UMass Memorial Medical Center are encouraged to think about the environmental impact of everyday decisions they make on campus.
At the macro level, the institution is working on a range of projects to upgrade buildings and systems on campus to make them more efficient. While those larger projects are important, it is the individual acts, such as recycling or reducing energy usage, that have a major impact on sustainable practices.
To encourage community action, the UMMS Sustainability Committee is asking everyone on campus to take a simple pledge and to affirm these statements:
“People shouldn’t discount the importance of individual actions, and the routines that we all build over time,” said Melissa Lucas, sustainability and energy manager. “Taking the pledge is quick, but implementing it every day is how we make progress as a community.”
Anyone with a UMass Medical School or UMass Memorial email can take the pledge at this site: Doing my part. Every month, one person who takes the pledge will be selected at random to receive a gift basket of sustainable products.
Facebook users who take the pledge are encouraged to “like” the School’s sustainability page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/UMass-Medical-School-Sustainability/155692801216385) and become an active participant on that page, sharing their ideas and experiences about sustainable practices, both at work and at home.
In this video, Terence R. Flotte, MD, the Celia and Isaac Haidak Professor of Medicine, executive deputy chancellor, provost, dean of the School of Medicine and professor of pediatrics; Melissa Moore, PhD, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator,the Eleanor Eustis Farrington Chair in Cancer Research and professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology; and Phillip Zamore, PhD, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, the Gretchen Stone Cook Chair of Biomedical Sciences and professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology, discuss their motivation for taking the pledge to further a more sustainable environment.
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