Students at Philadelphia University have been actively tracking their sustainable actions through MilkCrate for Communities and competing with each other for points and prizes. Chelsey Smith, a graduate student in the Masters of Sustainable Design program, talked to me about how she got interested in pursuing sustainability. Read on to learn more about Chelsey and why she is using MilkCrate for Communities.
My sustainability epiphany occurred around September 2015 when I watched a documentary on Netflix called Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret. It completely blew my mind. I had always considered myself someone who was compassionate towards animals and the environment, but it had never truly hit me how negatively a lot of my lifestyle choices were affecting both of those things. It made me start to think more critically than ever before about my actions. A few months before I watched the documentary, I had been thinking about a change in my career path — I was struggling with the stress and inconsistency of my acting career along with some tough losses of family members, which made me take a step back to reassess my priorities and try to figure out what was truly important to me. After watching Cowspiracy, I knew that night that I wanted to pursue a career in Sustainability. It made me hungry to learn more and take action immediately. Another long story short, I came across PhilaU’s M.S. in Sustainable Design program, and here I am! I could not be more thrilled or grateful to be a part of this program.
Joining MilkCrate for Communities
I started using MilkCrate so that I could visually keep track of my personal sustainability efforts. Sometimes I find myself completely overwhelmed with how many “unsustainable” things that are out there in our modern world — they can be hard to avoid and I can make myself crazy about it! So MilkCrate is a great way to not only see what you HAVE accomplished and how you are making a difference, but it also gives you new ideas and incentives for further sustainability success. Every effort makes a difference, no matter how small it may seem! MilkCrate helps you see that. It is fun to be a part of a group of people who are participating here at PhilaU, too! A little accountability is nice sometimes.