Another “A” for our “Green” Report card

October 20, 2009 at 11:02 AM 4 comments

A farmer converses with a patron in the Market Café on one of USFs low carbon diet days.

A farmer converses with a patron in the Market Café on one of USF's low carbon diet days.

The University of San Francisco has earned top marks on the College Sustainability Report Card for its food and recycling efforts…USF was among the top 91 schools that received an “A” grade in the food and recycling category, which was released before the overall grades for university sustainability efforts.
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  • 1. Canada Guy  |  October 27, 2009 at 9:17 AM

    Lifestyle changes are good, but they can only slow emissions growth slightly, they will not reduce emissions. Personal lifestyle changes can only have an impact of a few percent at most. We cannot ignore the other 95 percent of the problem. Some have suggested that we can forget about caps and just focus on behavioural changes, which is insane.

    • 2. usfunplugged  |  October 27, 2009 at 10:24 AM

      I think you have to remember that every little bit helps, no matter the size. We have to start from the ground up and make progress from there. I was once told that my vote in the election did not matter since I am just one vote. In the big picture my vote doesn’t make a difference or sway the majorities but if everyone were to think this way, where would our world be? We have to think positively if we want to move forward in making an impact for the betterment of the environment.

      In macroeconomics you learn that leakages=injections, which means whenever you decrease one you have to increase another to have balance. This is why I believe we do need consumer spending to increase, if we want the unemployment rate to decrease and bring us out of this recession. Furthermore, we do not need an extensive electrified rail system to transport cargo and people, have you looked into the cost of making that happen? Let’s just stick with hybrids for now. However, I did like how you talked about needing to look more closely into how we can reduce and reuse materials. In addition, I believe we need to have policies put in place to help make this push forward in saving our environment and global warming.

  • 3. Canada Guy  |  October 27, 2009 at 10:42 AM

    usfunplugged, everyone is always talking about green jobs and the impact on the economy. How many jobs would a national electrified rail project created? 10s or even 100s of thousands? Many of the laid off autoworkers could be retrained to build trains instead of cars. Maybe even some existing factories could be reused. So, you get a massive economic and employement benefit, plus long-lasting infrastructure that can drastically reduce emissions from travel and shipping. Seems like the ultimate win-win to me.

    As for voting, yes every bit counts, but if 80 percent of the votes are fraudulent, it’s a lot less likely your vote will make a difference (i.e. see Afghanistan.) We do need to all do our part, but we have to recognize that a lot more is needed beyond that. Thinking positively means moving forward and trying to get those changes done.

    • 4. usfunplugged  |  October 28, 2009 at 5:00 PM

      I agree with you. The retraining and reuse of employees and factories would be a great approach at a large-scale transition needed. We need to be effective with our strategies and create long-lasting sustainable industries rather than just becoming more efficient.


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