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Faces of sustainability: Holly MacPherson

Posted by Guest Author on July 24, 2015

What do you do on campus?

I am an Academic Advisor in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at UOIT.

How did you get started in environmental work, and how long have you been interested in it? 

I have always the loved outdoors and being outside which I think initially sparked my interest in sustainability. I then went on to study Environmental Science at university which cemented my interest in it.

What does sustainability mean to you?

To me, sustainability means living and carrying out daily activities in a way that is environmentally friendly and responsible; it is also about learning from others and being open to new ideas.

What could UOIT do to become more sustainable?

I believe the culture at UOIT is very aware of being sustainable and the impact we can have on the local community; the Sustainability Committee is a good indication of this. I think we could have a stronger message about sustainability and ensure sustainable practices are clearly communicated.

What’s your favourite environmental hobby or activity away from work? 

Camping in the summer and skiing in the winter with friends and family.

What sustainable steps do you take daily at home? 

Recycle, upcycle, reuse and reduce!

What sustainable steps do you take daily on campus?

I try to be conscious of the amount of paper I use (for printing, etc.), and have recently switched to an electronic filing system.

Who are your eco-heroes?

My eco-heroes are the people who make little changes every day that make a big difference.

How would you challenge UOIT students and staff to become less wasteful?

A challenge can be a good way to motivate people. For example, you could challenge people to use fewer than 20 pieces of paper a week, or use the least amount of energy in their office.

What would you recommend to someone on campus who is interested in sustainability?

I would recommend people to get involved or start an initiative.


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