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Guest column: Pledge to be sustainable

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Posted: Friday, May 30, 2014 9:08 am

Masha Szaro is a research assistant at Western's Office of Sustainability and a Western student studying economics.

Western Washington University seniors once again have an opportunity to become more socially and environmentally responsible by signing the Sustainability Graduation Pledge. 

Students picking up their cap and gown for the spring commencement may stop by the Office of Sustainability table and sign a pledge. 

By signing this voluntary pledge, graduating students will not only be pushing themselves toward a responsible future, but also will receive a pledge card for their wallet, a green ribbon to wear on their cap or gown and optional recognition on the Office of Sustainability website.

The pledge reads:

“I pledge to use the knowledge and experience I gain at WWU and beyond to actively work toward a more socially and environmentally responsible world. I pledge to consider intergenerational equity, minimization of consumerism and the preservation of the biotic community within my future endeavors. I will bring integrity, stewardship and social justice into any organization of which I work or affiliate.”

This is the second time Western has given seniors the opportunity to sign the pledge, following the examples of many school in America and beyond. 

Last year’s event turned out to be a grand success. More than 160 graduates signed the pledge. 

This year Office of Sustainability is introducing the digital and iPad signage to make it even more accessible to all soon-to-be graduates. To sign online visit:

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