By Samantha Padilla, 26 April 2022
In honor of Earth Week, ASI hosted a staff and faculty Zoom panel on April 20 to discuss what the CPP community can do to lead a more sustainable lifestyle.
This event allows participants to ask questions and learn more about sustainability and how they can be actively involved in their communities to raise awareness and improve the environment for future generations.
About 23 attendees helped the event, including four guest speakers Christopher Stoughton, sustainable Futures student club advisor, Monika Kamboures, sustainability coordinator, John Lloyd, co-chair of the Alternative Transport Committee and Aaron Fox, professor at the Don B. Huntley College of Agriculture.
Monika Kamboures shares, “Learning about sustainability provides students with knowledge of the topic and encourages participation in everyday activities and actions to make progress in building a more sustainable future.”
He also mentioned how his family is vegetarian and tries to buy Fair Trade products whenever possible, including food and clothing. Kamboures also has a small garden in his home where he grows his own herbs.
“Sustainable literacy is a priority for me right now. I want students to have sufficient knowledge of the topic to feel empowered to take action to prevent and reduce impacts on the environment,” said Kambores. “My hope is that the ability to be exposed to sustainability at CPP will give students the skills to innovate and incorporate sustainable practices into the future career paths they pursue.”
Each guest speaker expressed their interest in sustainability and briefly explained how they practiced sustainability in their own lives during the event. Guest speakers also shared their thoughts and opinions on sustainability and suggested what students can do in their communities and why protecting the environment is so important.
During the event, John Lloyd, mentioned, “In terms of what I’m trying to achieve with alternative transportation on our campus, it’s not only beneficial for the planet, but we really need to think about how it benefits human society.”
He suggested that the campus community could practice sustainability by using the public transportation system or the renovated bicycle path that opened on March 25 in Pomona.
Therefore, Don B. Huntley College of Agriculture plans to offer a new composting class in the fall semester of 2022. Anyone can take the course and learn more about how to recycle food waste, improve the environment, and use those resources to expand their horizon.
Additionally, the Office of Sustainability is an on-campus resource that students can reach for more information on sustainability, how to promote recycling, water conservation, and energy use.
“I would really encourage all of you to get involved, and the election too, go out and get the candidate you want in the elected leadership role. We have a very important election this year,” said Aaron Fox. “…never feel powerless, either on this campus or in our community. Each of us holds a lot of power, and, if we can, you know, work together, find those coalitions, find those organizations. We can make a real impact.”
To find out more about events organized by ASI, the campus community can visit myBAR to RSVP for events and get more information.
Featured image by Sharon Wu.