Mr. Bradley Brown
Student Sustainability Advisory Committee Member
Water Conservation & Management
Majoring in Environmental Engineering
December 2016
Q: What does Sustainability mean to you?
A: I would define sustainability as the ability for the natural environment and humans, along with our lifestyle, to coexist in harmony. Many of the practices we have can affect our surroundings, whether it is in a positive or negative manner. This is personally why I believe it is possible to make each aspect of one’s life somewhat sustainable.

Q: How do you incorporate sustainability into your lifestyle?
A: There are a few ways I incorporate sustainability in my lifestyle. For one, I mostly cook all of my meals. I try to avoid dining out as much as possible. Whenever I head to the grocery store, I bring my cloth bags to use as a way to avoid throwing out all the plastic bags stores would give you otherwise. Lastly, I own and ride a bicycle to limit commuting around the UCF area by car. My goal is to think of ways to limit my carbon footprint in my daily routine.

Q: What would you like to see at UCF to make it a more sustainability driven university?
A: I work as a Resident Assistant on campus and one thing that I notice is an issue is the trash. For students in housing, the only way to dispose of any organic waste is to toss it away with the rest of their trash. One thing I think would be interesting to see at our university is a composting system in student housing. There are quite a few benefits to trash composting, including soil enrichment and the suppression of pests and plant diseases. Another result of trash composting is the reduction of chemical fertilizers on the landscaping near the student housing communities.

Q: What advice do you have for fellow students to live more sustainably?
A: My advice to others is to ask themselves how they can limit how much waste they produce in their everyday life. Then, I would say to research alternative methods to replace their not-so-sustainable practices. Often times change starts with just a thought. As we grow more aware of our influences on the environment, we can ultimately live a more sustainable lifestyle.

Q: What is your vision for sustainability?
A: My vision for sustainability is deeply rooted in how contagious this idea can become. As we continue to demand more resources from our environment, it becomes crucial that we remind ourselves that planet belongs to each generation temporarily. We must be conscious of our lifestyle and practices to ensure the longevity of the planet. This means influencing others in becoming more aware of what they can do to be sustainable.