ASI hosts LA regional climate summit

By Leydy Rangel Perez

Cal Poly Pomona’s Associated Students, Inc. hosted the Los Angeles regional climate leadership summit on Friday to discuss leadership in sustainable living. The summit coincided with other campus events as a part of Earth Week.

The summit allowed student leaders, administrators, businesspeople and policy officials to share their ideas and studies on sustainability.

The climate leadership summit series is a project of the Environmental Defense Fund led by Defend Our Future and the National Campus Leadership Council. The aim of the summit is to connect leaders for discussions on the benefits of sustainable living.

Through discussions, professionals were able to share their best practices and thoughts on methods to implement sustainable living around the college community.

According to Doran Barnes, executive director of Foothill Transit, a sustainable life is challenging but important nonetheless.

“I hope people recognize how important it is but also how complicated it is,” said Barnes. “There are a lot of aspects that you have to look at in order to get to that goal of sustainability.”

Barnes also touched on topics like how to create more functional and sustainable transportation services at university campuses, especially at CPP.

“Within sustainability transportation plays a role, and again, there are ways that transportation can be more sustainable. There are things that we all collectively can do to encourage that, or where there are burdens to sustainability, we can do things that help offset some of those burdens.”

The summit aims to spread benefits of sustainability in order to reduce climate change and add new perspectives that help outline progressive goals for developing sustainable environments.

Theary Monh, sustainability officer for California State Student Association and a graduate student in civil engineering at CPP, explained that one of the most important aspects for the summit is to have students become familiar with professionals who also share a passion for sustainable living.

“A lot of the times you want to initiate something big,” said Monh. “A lot of students have big goals and dreams that they want to accomplish in their campus, but they have to realize that it is not one person. You need to get everyone on your campus, you need different stakeholders ” [and] you need to get everyone working together to work on a certain goal.”

The summit was successful in uniting student leaders from all over California, and they shared compelling ideas on what their campuses are doing to provide a more sustainable experience to students.

“I’m just glad that out of the attendance, we have such a wide, diverse range of people coming out from all over California,” said Monh. “We have such a diverse group of people who really have expertise in different ways of thinking about sustainability. It is a great way people can just share ideas.”

According to Hannah Brunelle, a CPP graduate student in regenerative studies and assistant of sustainability for ASI, a main goal was to have students join faculty, staff and administrators in discussions in order to receive advice in practices that they can apply and implement at their universities.

“The goal is to provide an intimate conversation and to come up with strategic solutions for sustainability and to advance sustainability campuses across the state,” said Brunelle.

The summit was a day planned with activities, such as campus tours of the John T. Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies and the Bronco Recreation and Intramural Complex. There were also discussion panels and round table discussions in which attendees touched on topics like water consumption, energy and even parking issues.

Brunelle explains that she is especially excited for the outcome of round table discussions because she believes students will benefit the most.

“I think that the solutions coming out of the roundtable discussions will be really exciting and really empowering for students,” said Brunelle. “I’m really excited for the outcomes of that. I think we provided students with different scenarios of what could happen at their campus, and really, it is like a brainstorming conversation session for them to work with faculty and administrators.”

Los Angeles regional climate leadership summit

Leydy Rangel Perez / The Poly Post

Los Angeles regional climate leadership summit

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