Jonathan Carr
Wellness & Health Promotion Services
December 2017

Q: What does sustainability mean to you?
A: Sustainability in practice is creating economic, ecological and sociological systems that can be maintained for generations to come.

Q: How do you incorporate sustainability into your lifestyle?
A: I incorporate sustainability into my lifestyle through being a conscientious consumer and voter. Many of the ecological issues that we face on a global level need to be address through legislative systemic change. I feel that active engagement in the political process can serve as one of the greatest assets for change in this struggle for a more sustainable future. I believe it is also important for each individual to pick one major issue they would like to contribute to solving. It is easy to get overwhelmed and immobilized with the seemingly endless list of global issues. However, if we can compartmentalize these problems and take action in solving one aspect of a specific issue on a local level; we can begin to make strides towards overcoming these seemingly unsurmountable hurdles.

Q: What do you do at UCF to advance sustainability initiatives?
A: I work with Wellness and Health Promotion Services as a coordinator for the FreshU program. We focus on promoting community supported agriculture as a means of making fresh, local produce more accessible to our student body. We help coordinate local food production on campus via aeroponic systems and small scale gardens located throughout campus. The food is then channeled to Knights Pantry for students to pick up at no cost. Produce is also utilized for cooking classes to teach students how to integrate fresh produce into their diets. This program strives toward increasing the public health of our student population while developing systems within our University for sustainably producing and sourcing fresh food.

Q: What would you like to see at UCF to make it a more sustainability-driven university?
A: I would like to see more integration of edible landscapes throughout campus in the form of fruit trees, hydroponics and community supported gardens. In addition, I would like to see increased accessibility to fresh fruits and vegetables on campus as well as a larger portion of the student body capable of preparing fresh healthy meals. In order to achieve these goals we need to start moving towards more sustainable agricultural practices as well as minimize food waste throughout UCF.

Q: What advice do you have for students to live more sustainably?
A: I would recommend becoming active on a local level in addressing one issue that resonates with you. In addition, I would recommend becoming politically aware and engaged. Making your voice heard and standing up for unjust, unsustainable practices can be one you’re most valuable tools for change.

Q: What is your vision for sustainability?
A: My idealistic vision for sustainability is to live in a world where its constituents understand and appreciate that this is the only planet we know of that is suitable for us to live. I envision a world where corporate greed does not dictate or direct the course of humanity. A world where decisions are made based off of what is right for the greater good as opposed to greater profit. Issues such a climate change, deforestation, world hunger, poverty all have tangible solutions dangling just out of reach; inhibited by the youth and lack of understanding our species has yet to overcome. I hope that we are able to outgrow this adolescent angst and truly see what our species is capable of achieving.