For Jesse Partee '16, sustainability is not a social stance. It's a way of life he practiced while growing up in Grafenwör, Germany.
It’s one reason he chose to live in Concordia’s EcoHouse, a residence for students interested in living sustainably. EcoHouse residents are intentional about conservation on a daily basis, take part in ecological projects, and even learn the impact of their choices on their water and electricity bills. Residents observe how simple habits like using a clothesline instead of a clothes dryer are significant factors in their energy consumption.
When Partee moved to the U.S. for college, the political science and global studies major was surprised to find Americans have a variety of views on issues like climate change and sustainability.
Partee says each individual has the ability to make a difference just by doing their part and being a model for others. For example, students can easily reduce their environmental impact by taking shorter showers.
“Taking a shower is fun, but it doesn’t need to be more than three to five minutes,” Partee says.
A tour of the EcoHouse will be offered from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15, during the Faith, Reason and World Affairs Symposium on sustainability.