By Avery Owens |

Here at Baylor, we are big fans of all things green. Whether it be repping our school colors or exercising green practices, green is a common thread on campus. With environmental awareness rising, Baylor is doing everything it can do to play its part. All hands are on deck to save the planet at Baylor, and The Bundle is here to tell you how. 

First of all, many students and faculty are unaware of Baylor’s Office of Sustainability and the steps they are taking to make the campus more environmentally friendly. The homepage of their website opens with the department’s mission statement, “In accordance with its Christian mission and vision, Baylor University strives to be a community that fulfills its calling as stewards of God’s gift of creation.” Baylor takes responsibility as a Baptist university to display what it looks like to follow Christ and take care of His planet. 

Following Christ and pursuing sustainability are not two separate goals, yet they are one and the same — to honor and glorify God. From reducing waste in the dining halls to increasing the presence of recycling bins on campus, Baylor is taking practical steps to make the campus more eco-friendly. 

Another movement many people on campus are not aware of is Green Thread. Green Thread is a platform used to reduce campus’ environmental impact in the dining halls. The webpage states, “We place special emphasis on responsible sourcing, waste minimization, efficient operations, and transportation management. But we don’t stop there. We measure our impact and hold ourselves accountable to continuously improve.” The dining halls are actively seeking efficient methods to enhance sustainability. Some ways they are doing this includes reducing the availability of single-use plastic and serving local foods. 

Seeking sustainability has become a ripple effect, and its influence has reached students. Such influence has pioneered Campus Kitchen (CKBU). Campus Kitchen is “a student-led organization whose work focuses on minimizing food waste and alleviating hunger in the Waco community.” Students became aware of the amount of food that goes uneaten in the dining halls, thus this organization began out of a desire to make the most of Baylor’s food resources. 

CKBU has made impressive strides. For example, “In 2018, CKBU volunteers recovered over 14,900 pounds of food from Baylor’s on-campus dining halls and Panera Bread’s Day-End Dough-Nation Program.” CKBU is a great example of how sustainability has trickled down to students. 

These examples of initiative and resourcefulness are some of many. As Baylor increases environmental awareness, response increases. The Amazon rainforest may be on fire and the globe may continue to heat up, however, not all hope is lost. As long as there is an effort to save the planet, the possibility for change is present. The Bundle is onboard with the mission to preserve the Earth– welcome to our series on sustainability. We’re glad you’re here.

Office of Sustainability-

https://www.baylor.edu/sustainability/

Green Thread-

https://baylor.campusdish.com/Sustainability.aspx

Campus Kitchen-

https://www.baylor.edu/leadership/index.php?id=958536