Meet Shauna Pauli '20
English, Journalism Majors
Social Media Coordinator, Augie Green
Q. What are you currently doing in your everyday life for sustainability?
A. To promote sustainability in my everyday life, I use reusable bags at the grocery store, opt out of lids on cold drinks if I don’t need them, say no to straws (although I recognize that this is not something everyone can do), and wash my clothes on cold! I also drink almond milk instead of dairy and am working on sourcing my meats, eggs, etc. ethically as well as using eco-friendly beauty/hygiene products. Small things really make a big difference.
Q. What are you currently doing at Augustana for sustainability?
A. At Augie, I make sure to recycle my paper and any other recyclable materials. I’ll be living off campus this year, but when I lived in a dorm I was constantly shutting of the bathroom and study room lights.
Q. What are your plans for increasing sustainability in the future?
A. In the future, I would really like to continue looking into sustainable beauty/hygiene products and source my clothing more ethically. One day, I would love to go vegetarian or even vegan, but I will confess that I honestly love the taste of meat. However, the environmental reasons really motivate me to eventually cut animal products out.
Q. Why are you interested in sustainability?
A. I am interested in sustainability because it is important to me that we give back to the earth instead of just taking. We have seen nearly entire landscapes decimated and hundreds, if not thousands, of species disappear at our hands.
Q. What tips do you have for other Augustana students who want to be more sustainable?
A. I would advise other Augie students to make the switch from regular milk to soy or almond milk, get better at recycling, and to start bringing reusable mugs and shopping bags places!
Q. What do you think is the easiest way to be more sustainable?
A. I think the easiest way to become more sustainable is to really take a step back and think about the things you can do to reduce your footprint. Do you have reusable bags at home but forget about them when shopping? Keep them in your car! Take a look at the hygiene products you use and maybe spend an extra penny on earth-friendly shampoo in a recycled bottle. I think it differs from person to person, you just have to make the effort to keep it on your mind, but you also have to make the effort in order to make it easier for yourself!
Q. In what areas do you think Augustana needs to improve in (related to sustainability)?
A. I really think Augie needs to crack down on recycling. Make sure there are clearly marked recycling and trash bins in every room, ample signage, notes encouraging reusable water bottles and tumblers, notes about conserving water and lights in the bathrooms, and signs in the dining hall about not eating meat to reduce our carbon footprint. Augie doesn’t really make the effort, so the students haven’t either.
Q. What would you tell an Augustana student who says they’re “too busy” to be sustainable?
A. No one is “too busy.” Recycle your paper, recycle your plastic water bottles. Watch a Netflix documentary about sustainability in your downtime. Come to Augie Green meetings. If it’s something you care about, make the time. It is literally our duty to care, as inhabitants on this planet.
Q. What does “sustainability” mean to you?
A. Sustainability to me means doing what I can to reduce the footprint I leave on this earth. I recognize that everyone has different means and abilities for what they can do to be sustainable, but it’s important that we all try, even if you can’t go super crazy with it.