“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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