Graduation pledge commits students to environmental responsibility

Western Today staff

Western Washington University seniors once again have an opportunity to pledge their commitment to social and environmentally responsibility by signing the Sustainability Graduation Pledge.

Students picking up their cap and gown June 11 and 12 in the Viking Union Multipurpose Room may stop by the office of Sustainability table to sign the pledge. The pledge also is online.

By signing the voluntary pledge, graduating students not will only be pushing themselves toward a responsible future, but also will receive a pledge card for their wallet, a green ribbon to wear on their cap or gown and optional recognition on the Office of Sustainability website.

Pledge passage: "I pledge to use the knowledge and experience I gain at WWU and beyond to actively work towards a more socially and environmentally responsible world. I pledge to consider intergenerational equity, minimization of consumerism and the preservation of the biotic community within my future endeavors. I will bring integrity, stewardship, and social justice into any organization of which I work or affiliate."

This is the second time Western has given the opportunity to sign the pledge, following the examples of many schools throughout the U.S. and beyond. More than 160 last year graduates have signed the pledge thus far. This year Office of Sustainability is introducing digital and i-Pad signage to make it even more accessible to all soon-to-be graduates.

For more info contact Masha Szaro at Office of Sustainability at 360-650-4575 or masha.szaro@wwu.edu.