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College’s ‘Sustainability Director’ Recommends Not Wrapping Christmas Gifts

College’s ‘Sustainability Director’ Recommends Not Wrapping Christmas Gifts

“We’re trying to keep in mind that our carbon footprint is something that can expand during the holidays”

In other news, the College of William and Mary has a ‘sustainability director’ for some reason.

The College Fix reports:

Campus sustainability director: Maybe don’t buy a gift for Christmas. If you do, maybe don’t wrap it.

The “sustainability director” at a Virginia university has some novel advice for students heading home for Christmas: consider not actually purchasing a gift for someone in order to lessen your greenhouse gas emissions.

“We’re trying to keep in mind that our carbon footprint is something that can expand during the holidays,” Calandra Waters Lake, Director of Sustainability at the College of William & Mary, told the school’s news service.

Waters Lake offered students several tips for how to “be wise…through our purchases, through food that we eat, through the activities that we’re doing” over the winter break. Among those? Consider not actually buying someone a Christmas gift.

“First, step back and remember that the reason for the gift is to show someone you care. So, is buying a gift the best way to do that?” she asked.

“Going out and doing something with the recipient to spend time with them may be a better option,” she added.

If a student does indeed end up purchasing a gift, Waters Lake said, then it’s an open question whether the gift-giver should even wrap it up.

“Think first does the item even need to be wrapped? One suggestion is a scavenger hunt to find gifts hidden around the house,” she said.

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If they really want to reduce their carbon footprint, maybe they should start with lavish alumni events like this: https://events.wm.edu/event/view/alumni/115364 or this https://events.wm.edu/event/view/alumni/115427
Those buffet tables probably have 100 times the carbon footprint of all of the wrapping paper the entire student body will use this year. Or how about cancelling the basketball season, with all of its wasteful bus trips? That would really make a difference.

So much waste.
Let’s start on college campuses by nixing the sustainability and diversity crew.

Here’s another way to cut back: How about cancelling the $27.3 MILLION DOLLAR alumni center expansion? https://forthebold.wm.edu/programs-units/alumni/alumni-house-expansion/
You could nip hundreds of wasteful celebrations in the bud!

“Going out and doing something with the recipient to spend time with them may be a better option,” she added.

Uhhh, that’s going to increase CO2 output, too, dingus.

To be totally environmentally conscious and give someone the “ultimate gift” of sustainability these buffoons can make a pact to lie motionless in the cold with no lights for several days. Merry Christmas and hope you don’t see the New Year.

We have a sustainability director at my school. She’s nuts.

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