Earth Day Is on the Way: New School Sustainability Pledge

What do 1,000 New School people look like to you?

A heaving mass of cutting-edge creativity? A contrarian mob of fast-talking counterculturalism? How about a force for global change?

By clicking on the link below and taking The New School’s first Sustainability Pledge online, you can be a part of a communal action, a campus project whose impact will be felt years from now.

If 1,000 people at The New School pledged to use a reusable mug for coffee or tea every morning, in just one year they could keep 547,000 plastic and Styrofoam cups out of landfills and incinerators.

If those same people switched one incandescent light bulb to a CFL bulb in their homes, they would save as much carbon dioxide as is absorbed by 7,304 trees.

If the same 1,000 people, the ones with the reusable mugs and the cool light bulbs, shaved just five minutes off of their morning shower, they would save 12,775,000 gallons of water annually, an amount that would fill almost 20 Olympic-size swimming pools.

And if the same crew (you know who you are) chose tap water over bottled water, they would keep approximately 132,000 bottles out of our waste system every year (while spending less on something as dumb as bottled water).

The time is now. Students, faculty, and staff: Make good on these commitments and others like them by taking the Sustainability Pledge.

Join forces with 999 of your New School colleagues to meet the goal of collecting 1,000 pledge signatures by Earth Day (April 22, 2011). You’ll make a collective statement about the university and the future of the planet.

www.newschool.edu/sustainability/pledge/