April 22, 2008

Sustainable Vassar

In the spirit of Earth Day, we bring you the recently published sustainability report card for Vassar. The results may surprise you.

Administration = B
Climate Change & Energy = C
Food & Recycling = A
Green Building = C
Transportation = C
Endowment Transparency = B
Investment Priorities = A
Shareholder Engagement = A

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

i sincerely hope they're not wasting my tuition money on sustainability bullshit

Anonymous said...

10:02- I'm excited for global warming too

Anonymous said...

i'm with 10:02. vc shouldn't waste money on sustainability, unless it's something like energy saving lightbulbs that ultimately cuts costs. other than that sort of choice though, sustainability should be pretty much at the bottom of our list of priorities here. maybe they should renovate some of the crappy dorms we live in before they worry about the trees and the sky.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, because new dorms for us are way more important than trying to preserve the earth for the rest of the world. Good point!

Anonymous said...

1020 can you please get the fucked off this campus and go to hampshire? (no offense to the people who go there).
kthxbi.

Anonymous said...

money isn't being wasted on sustainability

money is being wasted because the college needs to hire ambulances to sit outside of parties just in case students (inevitably) drink too much and need to go to the hospital

money is being wasted because we spend thousands of dollars to throw parties like the black light party (i think mads reported 10k on blacklights?? maybe cool but absolutely ridiculous and unnecessary)

in fact, i think you'd be surprised to find out how little vassar spends on other things. have you ever talked to any of its employees about their wages? it's a pretty sad state of affairs.

so yeah, i don't mind seeing my money go to a good cause at least once in a while.

Anonymous said...

I'm beginning to think (see comments about the PA Primary post) that people are saying obnoxiously white, entitled things on this blog just to be ironic. If I'm right, whew. If I'm wrong, the VC student body sucks.

Anonymous said...

yeah, seriously.
10:14 you're a dumbass

10:35, word.

Anonymous said...

10:39, i don't think irony means what you think it means

Anonymous said...

10:35, we don't need your self-sacrificing bull.

We have a significant endowment at Vassar and we are using it in many different ways. Not throwing parties doesn't save the environment. You can try to make yourself feel better about the irreversible damage we've done to the planet by ensuring that your life is void of all the fun that could be had, but don't impose that on me.

We don't need to suffer to be environmentally conscious and we don't need to be devoutly environmentally conscious to be good people.

That's just my perspective.

Anonymous said...

Climate change and sustainability are important issues, and something that we are all implicated in; anyone who says otherwise is oblivious.

No one is 'suffering' by being environmentally conscious, what a silly argument.

Anonymous said...

"No one is 'suffering' by being environmentally conscious, what a silly argument."

By arguing that we should divert all spending (including pleasure [parties] and living expenses [more timely and significant dorm renovations]) towards being environmentally conscious, you make the argument that the only way to benefit the environment is through self-sacrifice.

Environmentalists like to think that they are superior because they believe if we give up what we have now, some idealistic future will arise out of nowhere. It would be nice if some of them put a little bit of thought into just how little sense that makes and how disgustingly self righteous it makes them sound.

Anonymous said...

12:00, i'm not trying to impose anything on anybody. if you took the time to read my post carefully, you'd see that i never said vassar shouldn't throw parties or other events for students. but it is true that vassar spends large amounts of money frivolously. to call sustainability a "waste of tuition money" in light of this is, at least in my opinion, pretty ignorant and selfish. that was my point.

Anonymous said...

plus vice's budget is decided by the VSA. we're supposed to spend that money. if we don't spend it, its not going to go to sustainability efforts. stop thinking that money at Vassar can just be easily delegated as you think it can.

Anonymous said...

ok i can just tell im going to get bashed for this. but here goes.

climate change is a huge issue. and we are in serious trouble. it really upsets me when people think that being sustainable is a wasted effort or a waste of money. in fact, we are already feeling th effects. the world health organization estimates that climate change and claims about 150,000 lives annually, through things like more intense hurrican seasons, flooding, and other natural disasters. if you can't bring yourself to think that's important, i'm kind of sad that you exist. it's not about created some supposed ideal future, 5:05. a future where more people aren't dead will do.

and no i am not some crazy hippy environmentalist. just realistic. do some research before you claim this has nothing to do with you.

Anonymous said...

i love this idea that Vassar can change the world. Hug a tree fuck a plant root but watever you do please never realize how horribly insignificant you and you're green little habits are in the scheme of things...

Anonymous said...

Insignificant is the last thing that being environmentally conscious is. If everybody thought the way you do, 6:59, we would be in even more trouble than we are.

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Anonymous said...

"12:00, i'm not trying to impose anything on anybody. if you took the time to read my post carefully, you'd see that i never said vassar shouldn't throw parties or other events for students. but it is true that vassar spends large amounts of money frivolously. to call sustainability a "waste of tuition money" in light of this is, at least in my opinion, pretty ignorant and selfish. that was my point."

I agree that it certainly isn't a waste of tuition money, but I don't think it is a priority of such grand importance that we should lampoon spending on different channels by Vassar.

It's very difficult to draw the line between what is truly frivolous and what is not. Perhaps 10k is a lot for a party, but I'm not sure how one would go about /proving/ that. I guess it's not so much even that it has to be proved, as much as the fact that it's a simply subjective matter. By attempting to introduce the concept of an objective moral truth behind how our money should be spent, we're just asking to start problems.

I didn't mean any offense if any was taken by the way.

Anonymous said...

It's not about being self-righteous, it's about being able to inhabit this planet for the foreseeable future. This issue shouldn't even be argued about right now, it needs to be acted upon before we cause irreversible changes to the Earth.

Maybe it's inconvenient for you privileged pseudo-liberals to bring a mug or some tupperware to ACDC with you, but it's going to be much more inconvenient when water becomes a commodity.

Anonymous said...

How is it that we're facing both a water shortage and the melting of ice caps as a result of global warming? It seems that the two are conflicting.

Anonymous said...

Ice caps melt into the ocean, so it's not potable.

Anonymous said...

This may be a completely ignorant comment, and if so I'll retract it, but don't we have methods of purifying water from the ocean?

Anonymous said...

Water desalination is still absurdly expensive, inefficient, and produces an enormous amount of waste. Few places (at this point in time) are able to utilize it and still remain in good financial standing. Many areas have no other option and use it as a last resort.

Sustainability is no longer just about tree huggers and hippies, it's finally come into the economic arena. The green craze is catching on because the paybacks are beginning to match the outlay. Here at Vassar it makes more sense to build/renovate a LEED building because of a) the financial kickbacks from the state b) the financial kickbacks from the federal government c) the money we'll get from environmentally conscious alums d) the obvious decrease in electricity bills, and the list goes on, and on.

Why buy all our power when we can produce some to offset the burden? It may cost a little more right now, but in the end we'll save money. It's all a matter of now vs. later. Is the school, are we as a global community, willing to spend a little extra now to help fix or prevent problems in the future?

The college isn't going on some moral, green rampage. They're doing their research to see what's best plan in terms of finances, reputation, student interest, student/employee health, environmental health, etc. If something seems absurd, they're obviously not going to buy into it. This institution has been around long enough to know what's in the college and student's best interest (though many times we may not agree).

My personal, albeit jaded, view of the whole sustainability thing is this: Mother Earth has and will continue to heal herself. It's only ourselves we're hurting. We can take and take and take, but we're only fucking ourselves. Bring on the flood, she's due for a good cleansing.