Students attend Washington for Higher Education Sustainability Conference

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Green Building & Design Magazine
Saint Martin’s University Cebula Hall: The Washington school raises the bar for super-efficient construction

American Society of Civil Engineers
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Saints get Sustainable

By Annabel Warnell, Dalia Pedro-Trujillo, Cristina Luevano, Said De Leon Tellez, Heather Nicole Saladino and Professor Irina Gendelman

Pacific Northwest area universities gathered on the Western Washington University campus in Bellingham to network and talk about the importance of sustainability as a core theme in higher education during the Washington for Higher Education Sustainability Conference (WAHESC) this winter.

Five Saint Martin's students—Said De Leon Tellez, Cristina Luevano, Omar Santana, Dalia Pedro-Trujillo and Annabel M. Warnell—along with University Residence Director Heather Nicole Saladino and Irina Gendelman, Ph.D., associate professor of communication, drove north to represent Saint Martin's at the conference and to join the conversation. Gendelman was one of the featured speakers on the Whole Systems Approach: Learning Gardens, Farms and Agriculture panel and talked about the University's Learning Garden.

Under the leadership of Saladino, the students attended panels at the two-day event. Cristina Luevano first learned about the idea of sustainability when she joined the Saint Martin's Oikos Residential Learning Community, a co-curricular residential community for first-year students in Parsons Hall. Students participate in a shared experience on the floor and also in UNI 101 classes taught by Jamie Olson, Ph.D. and Tom Woodruff, Ph.D. Luevano explains her UNI 101 course on Sustainability provided her with a foundation on the topic and prepared her for the conference. "I was introduced to the concept of sustainability but never knew what it truly meant," she says. "I used the conference as a way to broaden my view. It was definitely an eye-opening experience. For example, I learned that while some hybrid cars save on gasoline and fuel emissions, they are made almost entirely of parts that are still incompatible with other cars and cannot be re-used."

"Going to the Sustainability Conference was one of the most inspirational events I have ever attended," says Dalia Pedro-Trujillo. "I went in not being sure what to expect, but from the very beginning, I learned so much and had the opportunity to network with individuals from all over the state. The Student Summit portion was well organized and informational, and my group session on Feminism was amazing."

Annabel Warnell went to a breakout session focusing on sustainable dining on campuses and watched videos made by a presenter to teach middle school students about how the world is changing around them. “If kids understand they have a direct impact on the earth from a young age, they will carry that into adulthood,” says Warnell.

"My overall takeaway was that sustainability isn't achieved by 'going green' cold turkey" she adds. "The world doesn’t have time to wait for that. Our priority should be weaving sustainability into the current curriculum and changing our habits now instead of wishing we had the latest sustainable innovations. Dalia and I felt especially passionate about the water bottle ban that has experienced success at similar institutions and we will be compiling a Scholar's Day presentation/call to action at Saint Martin's University."