SEED Residents Libby & Jacquelyn reminisce on their year in BT 514.
When I started the year in Buchanan Towers 514, all I knew was that I was starting a new year and a new project. Little did I know just how big this seed could grow. Not only has my technical view on the issue of sustainability changed, but my very lifestyle has been greatly altered. At the beginning of this project, my vision was getting qualitative results through the addition of all the new appliances and gadgets over the year. However, the biggest change I have noticed is in my day-to-day behavior. I could never have imagined that adding simple steps to my daily routine could be so easy and make such an impact. I now can see that the world has the potential to make a difference.
Not only was this project personally fulfilling, but it helped me find my path for the future. At the beginning of the year I had a decision to make: continue to pursue a degree in biology, or turn and start exploring a degree in environmental science. With the implementation of the SEED project into my daily life, I was able to realize my passion for preserving the Earth. I have since declared my major in environmental science after being accepted into WWU’s Huxley College of the Environment. SEED was the opportunity I needed, the guiding force that showed me the possibilities of pursuing my passion in a whole new way. I am very excited to start taking classes with Huxley in the fall and start exploring a career in which I can take what I have learned from SEED and start my journey to conserve our planet.
While I will not be returning to the SEED room next year, I will most certainly visit often to see how the project is progressing. I have also gotten a job in the Office of Sustainability, which will also assist in my pursuit of campus-wide sustainability. Thank you for all your support!
When I was first contacted about participating in the SEED project, I was unsure of what to expect. As a first-year transfer student from Spokane, I had never lived on a university campus before, much less done so sustainably. I had concerns that such a project would be a burden as I attempted to acclimate to life at Western. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Not only did the pieces of sustainability fit seamlessly into my life, they opened my eyes to the importance of their larger goal.
We all leave trails of consumption, that is inevitable but so too can we all make an effort to ensure that trail is as thin as possible. The reward is a planet that will continue to thrive and play host to generation after generation to come.
I hope to spread the realizations that SEED has given me, and continue to keep its messages present in my daily life. To this end, I have decided to return to Buchanan Towers 514 next year. SEED is an incredible project and I’m grateful for the chance to reprise my own small role in it.
Have a wonderful summer, and I look forward to learning more with you all next year.