Ali Smith thinks green through small every day tasks
Graduation year: 2013
Major: Anthropology and Natural Resource Economics (Double Major)
Hometown: Methuen, MA
What does sustainability mean to you?
To me, sustainability means living a way of life which meets all our basic needs without damaging resource stock for future generations. Living sustainably is the same as thinking about others and their future; not only yourself and your current wants. It is all about living an unselfish life.
Which URI project or program related to sustainability should we be the most proud of?
There is no program too big or too small here on campus. I am proud of every project, program, or individual who tries to make a difference and live sustainably. When all the little steps come together that is when a difference is made and that is when people start making a serious difference in the fight to live sustainably.
How are you involved with campus sustainability at URI?
Currently I am working on creating and implementing the Green Office Program. This program will be designed with incentives to give offices all around campus the drive and the knowledge to practice more sustainable choices. It’s small steps taken everyday that make a big difference and by implementing a program like this into office spaces on campus, living in a sustainable manner will eventually become part of the culture here at URI.
What can URI do to be greener?
Think before you act, because every action has a consequence. This principle can be easily applied to living sustainably. All the decisions we make here on campus effect the environment we live in and eventually cause change. In the long run these changes then affect our lives. Thinking long-term before we make decisions will help to improve the conditions we find ourselves in the future planet we’ll be living on.
What do you do in your personal life to be green?
In my own life I try to do small simple tasks everyday that add up to make a difference. I try and never use plastic water bottles and instead have invested in reusable water bottles that I refill everyday. I have a reusable lunch box instead of using brown paper bags. I also do simple tasks such as remembering to recycle and turning lights off when I leave a room. I try to always buy natural or organic foods, and the best green alternative to cleaning products. Little acts like this if done by everyone really do help make a tremendous different in effort.