Office of Sustainability
What if we told you that you can actually make a difference? That every small step you take to live a more sustainable and environmentally friendly life can add up to major improvements in the world around us? Whether it's as small as skipping the straw or as major as starting restoration projects for wildlife, you can make a change for a better, more sustainable world for future generations. The Office of Sustainability at Indiana University Kokomo is all about working together to make our campus and our region a better place for all.
Description of the video:
Slurping sounds can be heard. Several students use metal straws. Peppy music begins. One more student uses the metal straw in the sequence and smiles.
The Indiana University Kokomo Office of Sustainability lockup is shown on the screen.
Another student uses the straw and gives the camera a thumbs up.
The words “Just got the last straw you’ll ever need!!!” appear on the screen as the metal straws are shown. A xylophone is heard, hitting notes that get higher and higher.
A student wears a shirt that says, ‘No shame in my recycling game’ holds a metal straw up to the camera and says: “This metal straw is the last straw you’ll ever need. It’s just one of many ways you can make a major environmental impact. Did you know? 500 million plastic straws are used every day in the United States alone. That’s enough to wrap around the Earth twice!”
A globe is shown in a darkened room sitting on a pedestal. The words, “500 million plastic straws are used EVERY DAY in the U.S. ALONE,” are written by someone facing away from the camera near the globe. North America is circled on the globe. The words disappear in the reverse order they appeared and all we’re left with is the globe on the pedestal. Bits of plastic straws circle the globe.
The student continues speaking to the camera: “Most machines can’t recycle them because of their size. They don’t biodegrade but they break up just enough to show up in our food and water. And they can endure forever!”
Plastic straws are dropped on the globe in a darkened room.
The student continues speaking to the camera: “Yep, we face a big plastic waste problem. But, we’ll get out of it by making a lot of small good decisions. It doesn’t take much to make a difference and reusable metal straws will help us get there. So, if you’ve gotta slurp…”
She takes a drink using her metal straw, we hear a slurping sound, then continues talking, “…you can find your metal straw in stores or online. Learn how you can help others make small, good decisions at iuk.edu/sustainability.”
Indiana University Kokomo
Fulfilling the Promise
What is sustainability? Why is it important?
Sustainability follows standards that do not deplete our natural resources and that maintain ecological balance.
The efforts towards sustainability encompass different aspects of the human experience in broad topics that range from business to environmental issues. These vary in degree and can be implemented both at home and on a global scale.
The goal is to preserve as many of our resources as possible for future generations and to help create a more hopeful and healthy tomorrow.
More detailed information can be found on this website. To join our effort and contribute to this great initiative in your own way, consider ways you can
Though sustainability is most often associated with natural resources, it also encompasses human society, cultural heritage, ideas, values, and ethics. Universities play a vital role in fostering the interdisciplinary thinking that is essential in defining and developing a responsible relationship between humans and the natural world.