Environmental Commitment

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Our environmental commitment does not stem top-down from the office of the president, the sustainability coordinator, or from pressure from the students.  Sustainability at COA is a systemic effort that flows from every member of our community: from the kitchen to buildings and grounds, to the courses faculty teach, to the community the students uphold. We encourage it of each other.

This section explains some of our successes, deliberations and practices. We believe that if we are to engage in a conversation about sustainability, being transparent about our process is essential in order to remain honest and create a conversation larger than that of our own community.  We certainly don't have the answers; you might not either. If we work together, sharing our efforts, our ideas and our struggles, we will go further, sooner. Our own environmental commitment is directly related to the ability for others to do the same.

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