Q&A with Tré Pina

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Senior Tré Pina discusses his thoughts on sustainability in this Q&A as part of our What You’re Doing series focusing on the sustainable actions of faculty, staff, and students at BU.


Who are you and how does sustainability fit in with what you do at BU?

Tré Pina, senior in the College of Arts and Sciences. I am involved in the Community Service Center where I’ve served in many roles, including First-Year Student Outreach Project (FYSOP) Coordinator, Program Manager for Children’s Theatre, and, most recently, an Alternative Service Breaks Coordinator. At the CSC, we are looking for sustainable solutions to every social issue and we realize that they cannot be isolated from each other; that is, we cannot talk about human rights without talking about where our energy and food comes from – they’re all connected.

How are you pushing your colleagues or other students involved in CSC to be more conscious of their impact?

At the CSC, we make sure to rely on the community aspect of our Center. If someone is about to throw away something that can be recycled, we remind them to use the other bin!

What does sustainability mean to you?

Sustainability is a process, and it does not have an end. It is not something that is created by one act, but rather a series of habits that are continued over time, and must be continued for as long as we want to keep our planet healthy.

When did you first become interested in sustainability?

During my high school summers, I was a counselor for Camp Sustainability, a day camp run by the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, which worked with middle schoolers from surrounding cities to raise awareness about the environment and food justice. Watching the children become invested in their world and feel empowered to take action was amazing.

What is one thing you do on a daily basis to help make the campus more sustainable?

Use my FYSOP water bottles. I have four! The hallways in CAS and the GSU have water bottle refill stations that are easy stops between classes and work!

What do you perceive as the biggest barrier for BU students, faculty, and staff to adopting more sustainable behaviors?

Since our amazing Facilities staff does such a great job keeping our campus looking its best, I don’t think most of BU knows how much waste is produced daily, weekly, or yearly. If there were ways for people to see just how much their habits add to the pile, it might give some the push they need.

How would you challenge BU community members to live less wastefully?

Slow down! Take that extra moment to read if something is compostable or recyclable in the GSU. Don’t just throw it away!

What would you recommend to someone on campus who is interested in sustainability but doesn’t know how to get their ideas off the ground?

Come visit the CSC on the 4th Floor of the GSU! You’re bound to find someone who shares your interest and passion!

What are your hopes for campus sustainability in the future at BU and how do you plan to help the community achieve these goals?

Since I’m graduating in May, I hope that the Class of 2019 is just as socially conscious and enthusiastic as the rest of the wonderful student body I will be leaving behind.





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