1997 Environmental Commitment Statement

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Stan J. Cross
Environmental Leadership Center Interim Director

Stan Cross Address:
WWC CPO 6323
PO Box 9000
Asheville, NC 28815-9000

Phone: 828.771.3782

Email: scross@warren-wilson.edu

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In May of 1997, with facilitation by the PSGEC the Staff Forum and Student Caucus approved a general Environmental Commitment Statement. It now appears in the Student Handbook, and it reads:

One of the major factors that encourages students, faculty, volunteers, and staff to come to Warren Wilson College is the perception that we are an active, participatory community that shares a deep commitment and a passionate concern for the health of our planet. We seek to display and honor that commitment and concern in the way we learn, the way we work, and the way we live. We are interested in conserving resources, reducing waste, and eliminating pollution, but our feelings extend deeper to a recognition that we are also component parts of an interdependent web of social and ecological relationships. The recognition of our membership in this ecological community leads us to reconsider our ideals, values, and organizing principles. Ours is a working landscape, rooted in a particular bioregion, and part of an interconnected, but limited, global commons. We recognize the need to exercise wise use of the resources of the global commons, and, at the same time, the need for a deep, aesthetic, spiritually-based involvement with the community that extends beyond the human inhabitants of Warren Wilson. An essential goal of Warren Wilson College is to develop good environmental citizens who recognize and perform their duties and responsibilities as members of the larger human and ecological communities in which we live. We understand that to fulfill this goal we must institute a process of democratic information acquisition and decision making which will lead to the development of an effective environmental policy.